OU juco signing day primer

It's going to be an eventful Wednesday for OU. Get to know the top juco targets and signees.

By the time you wake up Wednesday morning, the drama should be over for Oklahoma regarding the first day of junior college signing period.

There is one huge, huge prospect left on the board with Mississippi Gulf Coast CC’s Martinas Rankin. And if he’s a man of his word, we won’t have to wait long.

The four-star prospect said he wants to decide at 7 a.m. and have it over and done with. Rankin is choosing between OU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State and has made visits to all three schools.

The ace in the hole for the Sooners has been fellow juco offensive lineman commit Jamal Danley. The two have known each other for years and Danley has done all he can to get Rankin to follow him to Norman.

OU brought the offensive house to Rankin’s visit with Bob Stoops, Josh Heupel and Bill Bedenbaugh. Still unsure if it will be enough, but the Sooners have definitely done everything right in trying to land Rankin.

The other mystery was solved Sunday night when juco safety Ezekiel Turner chose Washington over the Sooners. Wasn’t a huge surprise considering how long the Huskies had been recruiting Turner in comparison to the month whirlwind recruitment by OU.

And then OU is set to receive the signatures of these three junior college mid-year transfers.

Four-star WR Dede Westbrook

OU needs an immediate impact playmaker and should get it with Westbrook. After a stellar season at Blinn CC, Westbrook is ready to head to Norman to, in his words, “win that national championship.” Not only will Westbrook give OU a speed threat at receiver, Westbrook was one of the best punt returners in the juco ranks and should give OU some options there. Westbrook picked OU over schools such as Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State, among others. He said he is going to have his ceremony at 12:50 p.m. CST.

Three-star OL Jamal Danley

Here is one recruit everybody will be glad is signed. The rumors have run rampant in the last couple of months from Florida to Missouri to Ole Miss to Mississippi State to Louisville, but in the end, it has always been OU. Danley committed to the Sooners on his official visit back in September and has the versatility to play either guard or tackle. He’s not going to mess around. When asked when he would sign Wednesday, Danley said, “7:01.” That’s what OU fans want to hear.

Three-star CB Will Johnson

From an unknown playing junior college in New York to now getting a chance to show what he can do in the Big 12, it has been a fun, exciting ride for Johnson in the last month. OU pounced on Johnson, and it was clear the pieces fell into place. Johnson is going to have three years of eligibility so that puts him in a rather unique spot with juco transfers. He’s got good size and said his football IQ is his biggest strength. He said he plans to sign around 1 p.m. CST and is excited about coming to Norman next month.


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