It’s called the silly season for a reason. When it comes to December and January, all bets are off on how things will shake out on the recruiting trail.
What we’re seeing right now for Oklahoma, though, is the Sooners are ready to pounce. A berth in the college football playoff should spur OU on the trail. You could make a great argument that it’s already happening.
In an eight-day period in last two weeks, the Sooners have earned four commits (two 2016, one 2017, 2018). Sooners Illustrated breaks down what these additions will mean.
Durham (N.C.) Hillside RB Abdul Adams (committed Nov. 28)
Getting Adams means the Sooners have found their running back for the 2016 class. Adams has always seemed to be the No. 1 target for offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, dating back to when Adams was committed to East Carolina when Riley was there. OU definitely looked at others like Devwah Whaley and Trevor Speights, but as soon as it looked like Adams was on board, the search was over. It definitely seems like Adams is the perfect fit for Riley’s offense going forward.
2018 Moore (Okla.) Southmoore OT Brey Walker (committed Nov. 28)
One of the earliest in-state offers in OU history also leads to one of the earliest in-state commitments the Sooners have had. Walker, already a four-star prospect, has been a top OU priority since the winter and spring when OU made the offer. Other top schools showed interest and made offers, but the Sooners always seemed like the clear school to beat. Following a dominant performance in Bedlam, Walker surprised Bill Bedenbaugh with the call, and OU was on the board for 2018.
El Dorado (Kan.) Butler CC OG Ben Powers (committed Nov. 30)
The search was a long one for OU in terms of finding the second interior lineman of the class to join Harrah (Okla.) High’s Logan Roberson. When OU got word of Powers in mid-November, things accelerated very quickly. It didn’t take long for Powers to get to campus, take his visit and sort things out before committing on an in-home visit from Bob Stoops and Bedenbaugh. Not your typical juco commit, Powers is a 4-for-3 guy so he doesn’t necessarily have to make an immediate impact although he could.
2017 Collinsville (Okla.) High LB Levi Draper (committed Dec. 5)
The No. 1 prospect in the state for the 2017 class. Originally committed to Oklahoma State, Draper decommitted last week and then flipped to OU before making it official two days later. Draper is ranked No. 80 overall in the Scout 100 and is exactly what OU is looking for at linebacker. Great aggression, great intensity – the full package. Draper couldn’t be the one that got away, and OU coaches Mike Stoops and Tim Kish made sure it didn’t happen.