4-star offensive tackle Erik Swenson commits to Sooners

OU adds a big one for 2016 class with four-star offensive tackle Erik Swenson.

For the last couple of weeks, Downers Grove (Ill.) South four-star offensive lineman Erik Swenson has been known as the recruit unceremoniously dropped by Michigan during the recruiting process.

Saturday night and now he has a new title. Swenson has committed to Oklahoma during his official visit to see the Sooners this weekend.

Swenson, ranked No. 31 at offensive tackle, didn’t have an offer going into his visit. But the belief was it would just be a matter of time and everything would work out.

Sure enough, it did. Swenson caps an incredible day for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh as the Sooners earned the pledge of McKinney (Texas) Boyd Scout 150 offensive guard Tyrese Robinson earlier in the afternoon at junior day for the 2017 class.

Swenson was committed to Michigan all the way back in 2013 but was told earlier this month that there would be no room for him in the Wolverines class when signing day came around.

He took an unofficial visit to Wisconsin last weekend. And though the Badgers were a good fit, there was no room for Swenson this late in the process.

At OU, however, that was not an issue. The issue would be trying to convince an offensive lineman from Illinois to make a trip to Norman, and that’s where Bedenbaugh went to work this week.

Swenson was down to OU and Virginia as potential visit locations this week before revealing Thursday he would see the Sooners.

The feeling was simple. As long as Swenson made it to Norman for his visit, he would leave with an offer and would be the newest member of OU’s 2016 class.

Swenson is the fifth offensive lineman for OU’s class and the second offensive tackle. However, he is the first offensive tackle to come from the high school ranks.

OU had multiple recruits on official visits this weekend. The commitment of Swenson could simply be a sign of things to come.


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