The week couldn’t have started off in a worse way for Oklahoma but it will at least end on a high note for the Sooners.
For the third time in the last two weeks, OU has earned a major recruiting victory as Canada Prep four-star defensive lineman Neville Gallimore picked the Sooners instead of Florida State or Ohio State at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.
Gallimore, ranked No. 88 in the Scout 100, is the third major defensive addition for the Sooners in the last two weeks. Anybody who watched OU this season knows the Sooners absolutely need some help on that side of the ball.
Leading the charge for Gallimore was OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. It all started in the spring when Gallimore started talking to Montgomery on Twitter and sent his film. It didn’t take long for Montgomery and the Sooners to respond and make the offer.
Gallimore’s stock blew up during the spring and summer after electrifying camp performances. One top school after another joined the race, but he still continued to mention OU among his top schools.
He made his official visit to campus in September for Tennessee weekend, which was easily the highlight of OU’s much maligned season.
There was no chance of a commitment, but it became clear OU was going to be there until the end. Trips to FSU, OSU and Auburn followed, but OU and Montgomery never lost ground despite the uneven season on the field.
When the recruiting period came for in-home visits, OU was worried as much with reaching out to Gallimore’s family as it was to reaching out to Gallimore.
The message was simple – at OU, it was going to take care of Gallimore. That message was important to Gallimore and incredibly important to Gallimore’s family.
So despite the Seminoles and Buckeyes both playing in the college football playoff, the comfort level with Montgomery and Bob Stoops was simply too much for any school to overcome.
Gallimore is OU’s 18th pledge for the 2015 class and the second year in a row OU has landed a big one at the U.S. Army game. Last year was Joe Mixon.
Gallimore is OU’s third defensive lineman pledge, and his versatility gives the Sooners options at either defensive end or tackle. Most have seen him at tackle, but OU has been very open to the idea of letting Gallimore play outside.