Breaking down OU's class: Interior linemen

Ready for signing day? Sooners Illustrated is going to help you get to know all of OU's commits just days before the big day.

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.

Offensive guard/Center

Lancaster (Texas) High OG Dominique Hearne (6-3, 290, No. 76 OG)

The Intel: The unknown commit. Hearne was offered a long time ago, but because nobody knew much about him, he became quickly forgotten.

That all changed when Hearne made a trip to OU for its camp in the summer. Though he didn’t participate, he got a chance to build the bond with the coaches and then commit later that same week.

Since his commitment, everything has been smooth sailing. Hearne had a great senior season and is really starting to add some necessary weight. Other schools tried to get at him, but Hearne never gave his decision a second thought.

Hearne remains one of the more quiet recruits out there as he’d much rather just let his play do all the talking for him.

East Mississippi CC OG Jamal Danley (6-5, 310, No. 49 Scout Juco 50)

The Intel: Danley was a fight for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, but a fight he was willing to take part in the whole way.

It’s incredibly difficult to lure a Mississippi boy from the state when both in-state schools are trying to land his services, too, but that’s exactly what OU was able to do with Danley.

Danley can play either guard or tackle, but he prefers guard and Bedenbaugh said he wants to start Danley at guard and then evaluate from there.

A pure winner, Danley was 24-0 at East Mississippi that included back-to-back NJCAA championships. He’ll have two years to show what he can do at OU. And with OU’s lack of depth at guard, there’s no reason why Danley cannot come in right away and make the impact he intends.

He committed right after OU’s win against Tennessee, and though considered making some visits, never did make any other trips.

Pineville (La.) High OG Cody Ford (6-4, 315, No. 31 OG)

The Intel: Once OU went all-in with Ford, the hard part was over. Despite being committed to TCU at the time, the Sooners saw something special in Ford and never let up.

Right before the season started, Ford flipped to OU. This has the feeling of one of those sneaky three-star additions that ends up feeling more like a high four-star kid in the end.

Ford was torn between OU and LSU, even taking a trip to Baton Rouge during the season. But in the end, nothing could sway him away from the Sooners.

As months have gone on, Ford has become a lot more vocal about OU and about the fact he’s pumped to be a Sooner. He has the versatility to play guard or right tackle so it’s not fair just yet to categorize him as one or the other.

Signing day surprise? Not really a surprise, but obviously OU fans are hopeful to land Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko. His story has been well told at this point, and he’s down to OU, UCLA and Ohio State. Wariboko is ranked No. 2 in the state and was back at OU this last weekend.

Signing day result? Wariboko picked UCLA.


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