Breaking down OU's 2016 class: DE

Looking at OU's 2016 class continues with defensive end.

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.

Defensive end

Lawrence (Kan.) High’s Amani Bledsoe (6-4, 266, No. 23 DE, No. 185 Scout 300)

The Intel: This is a big one for OU and a big one for Diron Reynolds, who just completed his first year as OU’s defensive line coach. Bledsoe was originally a Jerry Montgomery guy, and Reynolds was able to build off of that momentum and keep it going.

The win here is because for weeks and weeks it looked like Bledsoe was going to stay home with the Jayhawks. All the momentum was headed in that direction before he shocked a lot of people and announced his commitment to the Sooners.

A true defensive end, a “Moose” is coming to Norman.

Cibolo (Texas) Steele’s Mark Jackson (6-2, 226, No. 19 DE, No. 149 Scout 300)

The Intel: Jackson was among OU’s first offers for 2016 class, and the Sooners were always there in the peripheral before coming on strong in the last couple of months. Committed to Texas A&M since May, he flipped to OU on Monday evening.

Jackson is perfect for OU’s defense, and his position probably isn’t reflected in his rankings. Jackson will most likely become the next in the mold of Eric Striker and Devante Bond as outside pass rushers. He’s a major get, beating out the Aggies and Texas for the Scout 150 prospect.

Signing day surprise? Nope. Jackson was that, and he opted to choose before Wednesday.


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