There has been a common thread among Oklahoma’s incredible start in recruiting, especially at wide receiver and defensive back.
Once they’ve committed, a huge reason they’ve said is because of the amount of attention, or “love,” has just been so incredible from the OU coaching staff.
Instead of offering a recruit and casually checking up on him from time-to-time, the Sooners coaches are going as all-in as you can 11 months away from signing day.
It worked with Dennis Simmons and Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb. And it has worked again with Simmons, Lincoln Riley and Cale Gundy regarding Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo and Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor.
“I just felt like it was a good time to commit,” Rambo said. “I really enjoyed my three visits. After talking to Coach Simmons and Coach Stoops, I just knew. They’ve showed me the most love ever since they first offered.”
What’s only been really discovered in the last week is how much Rambo and Reagor have been in communication about being an unofficial official package deal.
Reagor said it started with Rambo reaching out to him, one of those things where a top recruit isn’t afraid to recognize the quality of another.
As the two got to talking, Reagor said OU came up more and more. At the time, Reagor was committed to Texas Tech and is a Red Raiders’ legacy.
But the work the OU coaches were putting in just couldn’t be ignored. Even though big dogs like Notre Dame and Alabama got involved, the general feeling was if Reagor made it campus, the Sooners were going to be too far ahead for any other school.
Rambo knew the feeling. Since being offered by OU back in June at the satellite camp in the Dallas area, Rambo has visited Norman three times. Once for TCU weekend, followed by junior day and culminating with the OU-Kansas basketball game.
When the offer first came for Rambo, the thought of committing never popped into his head. But he knew that after competing with Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback Chris Robison, the Sooners were set at quarterback.
Reagor decommitted from Texas Tech last month, and the trip to Norman had already been planned for the final weekend of March. Rambo’s big hurdle was a trip to Notre Dame two weeks ago with quarterback Avery Davis.
Davis, expected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the class, did indeed commit to the Irish on the unofficial visit. The feeling was if Rambo wasn’t going to be a Sooner, it was going to happen there with riding the wave of Davis’ pledge.
That didn’t happen so all eyes turned toward the spring game as a potential chance for Rambo to become a part of #SoonerSquad17.
Until Reagor’s visit to OU last weekend.
“It’s something we had talked about,” said Rambo of committing together. “We had been keeping up with each other a lot. After his visit, he talked about how much he loved OU and was ready. I felt like I was ready, too.”
Rambo said he talked to his family first before calling Cedar Hill coach Joe McBride, who had nothing but support for the choice. With his high school coach fired up about it, Rambo called Simmons, who then connected Rambo with Riley and Stoops.
Their message? “You just made this a great Easter Sunday,” Rambo said.
The two fill different needs for the Sooners. Reagor is your quintessential answer as a slot receiver, saying he wants to be like Sterling Shepard. Reagor, though, is faster than Shepard so it feels like the sky’s the limit there.
Rambo, who is now a firm 6-foot-2, is a nice blend of speed and size. It has been obvious for the last nine months just how badly OU has wanted Rambo to make it official.
It wasn’t a guarantee, though. OU’s mentality of “reserve your spot” is something serious. Rambo said he realized if he waited and waited, there was a strong chance the spot wouldn’t be there anymore.
Even though Rambo said Simmons had been hoping for that call from Rambo for a while, he couldn’t keep it open forever.
“He said he wants a big playmaker at wide receiver, and I can be that guy,” Rambo said.
The Sooners are full of them right now, and they’re not done yet. But you can start putting check marks next to guys like Reagor and Rambo in terms of being major talents who can contribute.
It’s still undetermined whether or not Reagor will make more visits, especially knowing the fact Texas Tech won’t back down. But Rambo said he wants to see what else is out there. He’s expected to return to OU next weekend for the spring game but said a trip to Miami was planned the following week well before his commitment. As of now, that trip is still on the docket.
OU’s wide receiver class is impressive. The question going forward will be whether or not the Sooners can hang onto all of them? If so, it would be the most stacked group OU has seen in a long time.