Last week Oklahoma was able to get things rolling again with its 2015 recruiting class. But some would say the biggest development happened with the 2016 class.
The Sooners were able to land their first commitment of the cycle with North Mesquite (Texas) High offensive tackle Jean Delance.
Delance, who is 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, is starting to rack up the offers. Schools like TCU, Baylor, Mississippi State and Ohio State were among his other offers, but it became clear once OU entered the picture, the Sooners were probably going to win this battle.
As soon as offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh showed the initial interest, it’s almost as if Delance just couldn’t see himself going to another school.
OU, however, didn’t offer immediately. The Sooners have a strong history of wanting to get a recruit to campus to see him in person and then make the offer. That’s exactly what the Sooners did with Delance, who made an unofficial visit two weeks ago and was offered.
When the new Scout 300 is released for the 2016 class in the near future, don’t be surprised to see Delance squarely in the mix. His junior film has definitely made him a hot commodity, and his rising popularity sort of put OU in a situation where it had to act fast or face the possibility of being left out in the cold.
Delance is going to continue to pick up one major offer after another, sort of inevitable at this point. The great news for OU is he didn’t have a dream school growing up. He said he always envisioned himself playing basketball for OU.
That dream won’t happen, but OU will take him at offensive tackle. Bedenbaugh has a strong track record through two seasons in Norman of doing a great job of maintaining relationships so there shouldn’t be too big of a cause for concern.
The depth chart should open up for Delance as well as OU’s offensive line is going to go through a massive overhaul next season and no telling where things will be once the 2016 season rolls around.
What is known, however, is OU couldn’t have asked for a better recruit to start the 2016 class. Somebody who definitely appears to be all-in with the program and a quality offensive lineman.