Sooners Illustrated breaks down 2016 recruiting class

Roberson, Powers, Valentin round out the Sooners' interior line class

Signing day is almost here. New to the recruiting game or just want a refresher of what has already happened? Here is a look at Oklahoma's class heading into Wednesday:

Interior offensive line

 

 

Imhotep Institute Charter (Penn.) OG JohnCarlo Valentin (6-4, 320, No. 44 OG)

The Intel: Ranked as the No. 6 offensive guard in the east region, Valentin picked the Sooners over Temple, Arizona State and Pittsburgh in mid-January. Oklahoma made him a priority coming out of the recruiting break and struck it big just after the season – despite Valentin making an official visit against Akron in the season opener. His strength is run blocking with a great ability to pull, and he can play both interior positions, if necessary. Valentin will need to improve his pass blocking once he arrives on campus.

 

 

Butler County Community College (KS) OG Ben Powers (6-5, 315, No. 39 JuCo)

The Intel: Powers comes to Oklahoma a top-50 junior college player after just one season at Butler. He has four years to play three and earned first-team All-Conference honors. Powers gave Oklahoma a second interior lineman after a surprise commitment on an in-home visit. Powers played right tackle at Butler and was strong enough to earn a look from a handful of D-I schools, like Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU. But his mauling style is a far better fit on the inside. He will give Oklahoma a lot of versatility.

 

 

Harrah (Okla.) OG Logan Roberson (6-4, 310, No. 74 OG)

The Intel: Playing at tackle for the Panthers, Roberson will no doubt move inside with the Sooners. He’s a mid-year enrollee and has signed his national letter of intent, and that’ll give him a jump on the transition. Roberson has a mean streak and the prototypical body type for an interior lineman – one that makes offensive line coaches dream. He earned a third star during his final season with Harrah, and after committing to the Sooners in June, there was no swaying the local product.

Signing day surprise? There shouldn’t be one. Roberson and Powers are on campus. Valentin seems sure to sign. Oklahoma’s interior line class should be set.


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