Good news for OU: Wood, DeBerry set to arrive

OU has needed some good news here lately on the recruiting trail and got some from its 2015 class Wednesday night.

It has been an interesting couple of days surrounding Oklahoma and its 2015 class. But it sounds like all of it is going to end up being positive.

McAlester (Okla.) High coach Bryan Pratt confirmed Wednesday afternoon OU signee Dalton Wood is going to arrive in Norman around 7:30 p.m. CST Wednesday night.

Wood, a three-star prospect, is already enrolled at OU and was originally supposed to arrive in Norman on Sunday with the rest of the signees who could do so.

Sooners Illustrated conducted a lengthy interview with Wood last Friday afternoon where he said he was incredibly excited about being a Sooner and rooming with kicker signee Austin Seibert.

But news leaked out Sunday evening that Wood had not made it to Norman. Pratt said Monday morning it was a huge shock to hear and that, like everybody else, he had spoken to Wood on Friday and assumed all was good to go.

Pratt said Wednesday afternoon that Wood’s personal issues have been cleared up, and he is ready to be a Sooner.

Wood is slated to be either tight end or fullback although he did mention last week about the possibility of moving to the defensive line as well.

DeBerry is enrolled

More good news for OU is regarding the status of five-star signee Ricky DeBerry. OU’s lone five-star signee is now officially enrolled at OU.

Nobody questioned whether or not DeBerry would make it, but as the days kept marching on, things became a little uneasy regarding his status.

His father, Ricky DeBerry Sr., has been conducting a mini-countdown to Norman on Twitter regarding his son so nobody truly believed the younger DeBerry was in any trouble. As of Wednesday morning, now that is 100 percent confirmed.

Out of OU’s signees, only two are not in the OU database with linebacker Arthur McGinnis and offensive lineman Dominique Hearne. McGinnis, for his part, tweeted he is going to arrive at OU on Friday. Sooners Illustrated also spoke to McGinnis last Friday, and he said everything was good to go regarding his academic standing.

OU not done for 2015?

Finally the Sooners might not be done with their 2015 class. Miami (Okla.) Northeastern Oklahoma A&M defensive end Austin Roberts appears like he could be headed to Norman.

Roberts has made his intentions clear about committing to OU, but he still has some academic work to complete before it’s 100 percent certain.

Roberts, originally from Georgia, had offers from several SEC schools, but in order to have played for any of them, he would have had to reclassify for the 2016 class.

Provided Roberts completes his academic work, he would arrive in Norman in mid-July and be ready to roll for the 2015 season.

When Sooners Illustrated last caught up with Roberts, he said he controlled his own destiny in terms of getting all of his academic stuff in order.

Roberts would mark the first commitment for first-year defensive line coach Diron Reynolds and would have three years to play two seasons’ worth of eligibility.

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