Signing day is almost here. New to the recruiting game or just want a refresher of what has already happened, here is a look at Oklahoma’s class heading into Wednesday.
Allen (Texas) High OT Bobby Evans (6-5, 270, No. 9 OT)
The Intel: There will be a lot of questions about how much Evans can contribute immediately. He suffered an ACL tear in October that cut his final season at Allen short, but his high school team still went on to win the state championship – led by Texas A&M verbal commit quarterback Kyler Murray.
He’s the younger brother of Oklahoma linebacker Tay Evans.
The younger Evans, though, is an early enrollee and the 97th-ranked player overall. He likely will miss out on spring camp, but he’ll have a great chance to learn the Oklahoma offense up close before the fall.
The Sooners already have a pair of great young tackles, and Evans will likely be another link in the line. He could provide depth immediately, but there’s a much better chance that he plays along the line by the time he is a sophomore.
On the field, he shows great quickness at the snap and has good athleticism. His long arms could help him develop into an elite tackle on either side – or even move inside to become a top-caliber guard.
San Ramon Valley (Calif.) High OT Dru Samia (6-6, 295, No. 14 OT)
The Intel: Already a top-200 prospect, Samia impressed enough during his senior season to climb to the No. 136 overall prospect in the Scout rankings.
Samia, who is a distant relative of Oklahoma guard Nila Kasitati, plays with a bit of a nasty streak. He’s a big, burly blocker who isn’t afraid to finish to – and even through – the whistle. Combine that with an improving athleticism and quickness that shows even more room to grow and Samia has a “total package” feel to him.
He has put on a clinic during the past year and is one of the faster-rising prospects in the country.
Signing day surprise? Patrick Allen. A long-time Georgia verbal, Allen de-committed from the Bulldogs at the beginning of the month after Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend left to become the offensive coordinator at Colorado State. Allen is big, long and looks the part.
Allen was on campus for Oklahoma’s victory against Tennessee, and now, the two teams were competing for the player once again, only to have the Volunteers pull out of the race Sunday.. Michigan has even gotten involved with Allen late, but don’t forget about Georgia, either.
Signing day result? Allen picked Georgia.