Sooners Illustrated breaks down 2016 recruiting class

Ashton Julious and Erik Swenson make up this group...at least for now.

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.

Offensive tackle

 

Lackawanna Community College (PA) OT Ashton Julious (6-8, 320, No. 47 JuCo)

The Intel: Julious won’t get a chance to redshirt, but if you’re looking for a prototypical left tackle, Oklahoma has its man. The giant needs only to improve his run blocking: He’s quick off the ball and has above-average technique. At his size, Julious will actually get a chance to go inside. He needs work on his hands, but he’s well-coached enough to give Oklahoma immediate depth on the left side of its offensive line behind Orlando Brown, who will remain the starter in all likelihood. Julious has been on a steady rise since he committed to Oklahoma in October, when he made an official visit to Norman.

Downers Grove South (Ill.) OT Erik Swenson (6-7, 285, No. 31 OT)

The Intel: The four-star tackle who was dumped by Michigan earlier this month found a home with Oklahoma this weekend on his official visit. Almost at the last minute, Swenson becomes Oklahoma highest-rated offensive line commit for the 2016 class. He has been a four-year starter on varsity and has a 6-foot-7 frame that he can grow into on campus with the Sooners. Oklahoma was already loaded with young offensive tackle talented, but the incoming Swenson takes away the sting of the defections of Dominique Hearne and Kenyon Frison.

Signing day surprise? The only thing left for Oklahoma at offensive tackle is the question of four-star Tramonda Moore, the top-ranked prospect in the state of Oklahoma. Moore didn’t visit Alabama and was Oklahoma’s top offensive priority for much of January. But things have cooled off almost at exact same time things picked up with Swenson. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. Pure Bedlam battle between OU and Oklahoma State heading into signing day.

Signing day result? Moore picked OSU as OU stopped actively recruiting him.


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