Oklahoma has wrapped up its 2015 recruiting class. Here are some random facts and figures regarding OU’s 24 signees.
That honor belongs to Allen (Texas) High’s Bobby Evans. His older brother, Tay Evans, committed to OU on July 2, 2013. Eight days later, Evans would do the same. The Evans’ boys are now roommates at OU. Tay is going to be a redshirt freshman this season, while Bobby is a mid-year enrollee recovering from a torn ACL suffered in October. Once he committed, there was no doubt about where either Evans brother was going to end up in the end.
Happened on signing day as Dallas South Oak Cliff safety Prentice McKinney flipped from North Carolina to OU early in the morning. McKinney was on OU’s radar a long time ago but was out of sight and out of mind after his commitment to Notre Dame. Eventually landing at Carolina, McKinney went on a secret official visit last weekend and everything fell into place for OU to land one more talented safety and close out an incredibly talented defensive backs class.
Losing not a great recipe
It has been said often that one game doesn’t matter in recruiting and that going on an official visit when the team loses shouldn’t hurt in the long run. But of OU’s 24 signees, only one went on an official visit as an uncommitted prospect and signed with OU. Yazoo City (Miss.) High defensive lineman Gabriel Campbell was in town for Bedlam but still chose OU. OU had no uncommitted prospects sign for massive visitor weekends against Kansas State and Baylor.
Not how you start…
…But it’s how you finish. Once again OU was perfect on the final weekend before signing day. Four visitors, four commits and signees. McKinney, Dahu Green, A.D. Miller and Arthur McGinnis. Continues a trend that goes back to at least the 2012 class where it was Zack Sanchez, Michael Onuoha, Will Latu and Courtney Gardner. The 2013 crop was Dakota Austin and Dionte Savage, while last year OU had zero visitors. Obviously Gardner and Latu never qualified for OU.
Tennessee weekend was gift that kept giving
Nearly one-third of OU’s signees were official visitors for OU’s 34-10 win against Tennessee. Commits Bobby Evans and John Humphrey were on official visits. Prospects Jamal Danley and Will Sunderland both committed during the visit. And OU ended up with Kahlil Haughton, Ricky DeBerry and Neville Gallimore as well, three more Scout 300 prospects who were also on their visits. That weekend seems like the unquestioned high point of OU’s season.
No visit, no problem
Twenty-three of OU’s 24 signees took an official visit to Norman. The only one that didn’t? Running back Rodney Anderson. Because of the expected playoff run made by Katy (Texas), Anderson never had a chance to make an official visit. It didn’t matter and never factored into his recruitment. He has more than made up for it by being a mid-year enrollee so he’s getting all the quality time he missed out and a whole bunch more.
That honor goes to Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee’s Ricky DeBerry. The five-star linebacker winds up being OU’s highest-ranked prospect at No. 25 in the nation. DeBerry was a major recruiting victory for the Sooners, thanks in large part to the incredible job done by co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery. OU finished with nine prospects in the final Scout 300.