Breaking down OU's 2016 class: QB, RB, TE

With signing day rapidly approaching, a chance to get to know OU's 2016 class before the fax is sent in.

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.

Quarterback

Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson’s Austin Kendall (6-2, 210, No. 19 QB)

The Intel: This one was basically over as soon as the OU offer was extended on a trip to campus back in March. A one-time Tennessee commit, he became the top priority for Lincoln Riley last spring and Riley closed the deal quickly.

Kendall is a mid-year enrollee so he’s already in Norman and going to class. With Trevor Knight leaving for Texas A&M and Cody Thomas departing to give baseball 100 percent of his time this spring, Kendall has a great chance to learn very quickly for the Sooners.

Signing day surprise? Nah, don’t look for one. OU isn’t in panic mode about its quarterback situation and will roll with Kendall.

Running back

Durham (N.C.) Hillside’s Abdul Adams (6-0, 205, No. 15 RB, No. 262 Scout 300)

The Intel: Running back was one of the more intriguing recruitments to follow for the Sooners for this class. It was clear Lincoln Riley has picked his guy early in Adams, but it took a heck of a long time for everything to finally come together.

After decommitting from Michigan State, things started to click for Adams and OU. And following a great official visit to campus for TCU weekend, it was just a matter of time. OU rarely goes to North Carolina, but its QB and RB are both from the Tar Heel State.

Signing day surprise? Unlikely. With it looking 100 percent like Tulsa (Okla.) McLain’s Joshua Jacobs wants to explore out of state options, the Sooners rest easy knowing Adams is locked up, while holding out hope Jacobs could be an 11th-hour steal.

Signing day result? Jacobs to Alabama.

Tight end

None.

Signing day surprise? Don’t count on it. Around October the indication started to come in more that OU was content with not adding a tight end for this class. Mark Andrews was very productive in 2015 and perhaps better usage of him will lead to 2017 targets looking in OU’s direction.


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