Oklahoma is working hard to finish out strong for the 2016 class, but the Sooners earned a major surprise last Saturday night.
It’s way too early to start thinking the Class of 2018, but OU is now on the board thanks to the commitment from Moore (Okla.) Southmoore offensive tackle Brey Walker.
Already a four-star prospect, Walker committed an hour after watching on TV the Sooners’ 58-23 dismantling of Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam showdown.
“It just came to me right then and there to do it,” Walker said. “I had to do it right after the game. They were fired up about my commitment.”
No doubt the call came as a surprise to offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, but it’s a call he wasn’t about to miss. Walker will go down as one of the earliest in-state offers in OU history after receiving it in the spring when he was still a freshman.
Other offers have followed, including the likes of Michigan, Arkansas and Alabama, but it always felt like it would be a Bedlam battle between OU and OSU.
Walker spent his sophomore season visiting both schools a number of times, but strangely enough, wasn’t in Stillwater for the Bedlam showdown.
Perhaps he knew OU would eventually be the choice, considering the way the Sooners had performed in the previous six games of the season.
“The way they bounced back against Texas was huge,” Walker said. “To be able to do that and end up winning the Big 12 championship was great to see.”
Walker has done his best to not look like an OU fan, but it appeared earlier in the season when he was invited by Texas for the Red River Showdown. As the Sooners were attempting to mount their charge, Walker said last month he found himself openly rooting for OU.
As is the case some times in recruiting, you know when you know.
One reason he knew is because of his relationship with Bedenbaugh. Following multiple unofficial visits to campus during the spring, summer and the season, Walker said their relationship is really tight, and he feels like he knows him well.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Walker, named a four-star prospect by Scout before his sophomore season even started. He did his best to live up to it as the SaberCats went 9-1 during the regular season before being upset in the first round of the playoffs.
“My technique got a lot better,” Walker said. “It’s something I spent a lot of time and effort working on. It paid off.”
Walker is also an accomplished wrestler, and former OU fullback J.D. Runnels said the plan is for Walker to start training with Runnels. That could become par for the course as Runnels was also a major player in the recruitment of OU offensive line commit Logan Roberson, helping him get ready for Norman.