The struggles for Oklahoma linebacker recruiting have been well documented for this cycle. Now getting toward the latter part of December, and the Sooners are still without a pure linebacker commit.
It could all change in a huge way Friday morning, in a very huge way. Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry will announce approximately around 9 a.m. CST, and the feeling among a lot is OU is a strong contender here.
Not a token finalist like the Sooners have been in recent weeks with fellow top linebackers like Keisean Lucier-South (UCLA) and Darrin Kirkland (Tennessee). DeBerry is choosing from a group of eight schools, but OU certainly seems to be in the top two or three and could even be the choice.
DeBerry made his first trip to Norman in June 2013 for OU’s camp. He didn’t participate in it, but it was a chance for DeBerry and his father to get to know defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.
That visit has turned out to be pretty dang crucial ever since because it was the building blocks of what has been an incredible relationship between DeBerry and Montgomery.
Around the spring and summer it sort of felt like OU had fallen off, but DeBerry let the world know that wasn’t the case when he said he was definitely taking an official visit to Norman.
He did just that in September on arguably OU’s finest weekend of the year in its 34-10 win against Tennessee, a school also in DeBerry’s final eight.
Since then, it has been a steady case of constant contact by either Montgomery or linebackers coach Tim Kish. Multiple OU coaches made in-home visits with DeBerry last week, and Kish’s last contact before the dead period was a trip to see DeBerry in Virginia.
There’s no doubt DeBerry is needed for OU. There’s no doubt DeBerry is wanted by OU. The only question is will he pick the Sooners on Friday?