As the insanity heats up toward national signing day, taking a brief timeout to focus on some of the guys who have committed to Oklahoma in the last week.
It’s a good crop, too, as the Sooners have landed four prospects since the end of the dead period in recruiting. That trend will obviously continue in the next nine days as it appears OU has weeded out the ones it wasn’t sure about.
Philadelphia Imhotep Charter OG JohnCarlo Valentin (No. 44 OG)
OU got started with a bang as the first day following the dead period is when it landed Valentin. This came out of left field. Valentin had definitely been a target before, but it felt like the two sides had decided to go in other directions. No ill will or anything, just a matter of fact. However, following a visit from offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, Valentin was ready to make the call. There’s a lot of mass here at 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds. Seems set at offensive guard going forward and has better than expected athleticism for someone so big.
Lawrence (Kan.) High DE Amani Bledsoe (No. 185 Scout 300)
A pleasant surprise when OU needed one most. A day removed from losing a Scout 150 prospect, the Sooners got back on the plus side with the addition of Bledsoe. Every trend said Kansas in the last few weeks, but it turned out to be OU. If ever there was a clone in terms of personality with Bledose, it’s defensive line coach Diron Reynolds. This seems like a match made in heaven, and Bledsoe, as of now, is the lone commitment on the defensive line. Bledsoe had made all of his visits by December so he was ready. A “Moose” comes to Norman.
Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC LB Kapri Doucet (No. 78 Scout Juco 100)
He still hasn’t seen the campus, but it didn’t matter. Snowed in because of Winter Storm Jonas, Doucet will have to see Norman for the first time this upcoming weekend. Doucet, offered basically as soon as OU heard Dominique Alexander was leaving, has been a huge priority for the Sooners during the last few weeks. Once committed to Arizona, Doucet is all-in with the Sooners and bypassed his originally scheduled Monday announcement date. OU is bringing a lot from Lackawanna so we’ll see if it all pays off.
Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC LB Emmanuel Beal (2-star prospect)
Nobody is going to have more to prove and nobody is going to have a bigger chip on his shoulder. It’s clear, based on fan reaction, not too many were pumped for his commitment Sunday. No disrespect intended toward Beal, OU fans just don’t get it as of now as to what makes him so special. Beal and Doucet dreamed of playing together and the “Looney Toons” are coming to Norman. He seems tailor-made to be in the role of Eric Striker going forward. Did OU reach for Beal? Or did the Sooners just figure it out well before everybody else?