Four-star DE Amani Bledsoe commits to Sooners

OU needed a shot in the arm for its recruiting and earned a major one Thursday afternoon with the commitment of four-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe.

If ever there was a time when Oklahoma needed a shot in the arm with recruiting, it was Thursday afternoon, and Lawrence (Kan.) High defensive end Amani Bledsoe did just that.

Bledsoe, ranked No. 185 in the Scout 300, announced Thursday he has indeed committed to the Sooners. The pledge was big anyway, but coming off a decommitment from the only defensive line pledge Wednesday, it just feels bigger.

Bledsoe, a four-star prospect ranked No. 23 at defensive end, had offers from across the country. But when it was all said and done, it was down to OU and Kansas.

With all five of his official visits in the books by December, this whole month just became a waiting game because you knew at any time Bledsoe could pull the trigger.

In recent weeks, however, it looked like Bledsoe was going to stay closer to home and play for the Jaywhawks, even attending the KU-TCU basketball game over the weekend.

However, OU defensive line coach Diron Reynolds never threw in the towel. The relationship the two have forged was no doubt one huge reason why Bledsoe is heading to Norman and not Lawrence.

Bledsoe first became a name to watch back in summer 2014 after attending OU’s camp. It was clear from that point on he would be a major target of then-defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

Following Montgomery’s departure, there was no way of knowing how things would shake out. It was clear, though, after the first visit with Reynolds that things were going to be just fine.

Bledsoe was a Semper Fi All-American and is OU’s second-highest-ranked commit for the cycle. He gives OU 16 commits for the 2016 class, just a day removed from when Euless (Texas) Trinity defensive tackle Chris Daniels decommitted.

From the beginning of this class, Bledsoe was always in the wish list. And OU’s wishes came true Thursday afternoon.

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