Austin Kendall 'face of OU 2016 class'

Lincoln Riley has his signature recruit for 2016, and OU has the face of its class in four-star QB Austin Kendall.

It’s something that was lacking for Oklahoma for the 2015 class. The Sooners finished with the 14th-ranked class by Scout but lacked that quote en quote “face of the class.”

That search for the 2016 class ended Tuesday evening when Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall committed to the Sooners.

Kendall is the first OU scholarship commitment at the position since Justice Hansen committed this week two years ago.

Twenty-four months without a quarterback, but now things are starting to roll in the right direction for the Sooners.

It became pretty clear last week OU was going to be there until the end with Kendall, and he wasn’t shy to say the Sooners were out in front. How ahead of the rest of the field was the question, and we got our answer Tuesday.

Kendall, ranked the No. 17 quarterback in the nation, was once committed to Tennessee before decommitting from the Vols last month.

On the surface, that appeared to open the door for the Sooners, but the truth is OU quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley had been eyeing Kendall the whole time.

When Riley was at East Carolina, he absolutely wanted to snatch up Kendall, but he also knew it probably wasn’t going to be possible. Once Riley hit Norman, Kendall became one of his first legit targets.

It’s a major coup for Riley, who took over for Josh Heupel in the same position nearly three months ago. Everybody knew Riley was going to be gunning for the best, but there was no way of knowing if Riley was going to get the best.

Kendall visited Norman two weeks ago and was offered almost immediately as his visit started. There was no waiting or offering toward the end. It was out in the open early, and it was clear his trip to OU had changed the course of his recruitment.

He visited Auburn last weekend in sort of a way to make sure OU was indeed the place he wanted to attend. Nothing changed his mind at Auburn, and it became clear it was just a matter of time until the Sooners locked him up.

With Kendall on spring break this week, he was able to have a clear head and think things through before tweeting to the world he was ready to be a Sooner.

OU’s spring game was already shaping up to be interesting on the recruiting front, but the intrigued increased that much more now that Kendall is in the fold.

His goal is going to be to recruit as many players as possible to join him with OU. Kendall threw for 4,461 yards and 49 touchdowns last season.

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