We are all well aware of the major visitor from Houston Bellaire Episcopal this weekend for Oklahoma. It’s going to take a lot to trump No. 1-ranked defensive tackle Marvin Wilson coming to campus.
He won’t be the only Knight in town. Jaylen Waddle, an early Scout 300 prospect for the 2018 class, will also be returning to OU for the first time since June.
Wilson’s visit back then was huge because it was a chance to have the five-star finally see a taste of what Norman has to offer. Waddle’s was a little different because it was when the Sooners made the offer in person.
“I had no idea that was going to happen,” Waddle said. “I was just going there for a visit to see thing. It meant a lot to me.”
Waddle seems to be one of the early favorites for OU at slot receiver for the 2018 class and nothing he has done so far in 2016 would give anybody a reason to look another direction.
Sooners Illustrated was able to see Waddle in action two weeks ago where he had two touchdown receptions and took back a kickoff for a score. He knows, as his profile goes up, teams will start trying to find a way to slow him down.
“I think that last year nobody really knew about me,” Waddle said. “This year they have film of me so they can adjust their game against me.”
Waddle said he loved his trip to Norman back in June and has slowly developed a good relationship with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
“I really love the coaching the staff,” Waddle. “They showed me a lot of love on that visit.”
Waddle isn’t even close to figuring out when he wants to narrow things down yet alone make a decision. But it’s clear OU was smart in getting out in front with Waddle, whose recruiting profile continues to soar with each week.
Waddle hasn’t planned all of his unofficial visits and didn’t even know necessarily he was going to head to OU, but he said he would also like to see games at LSU and Florida State, for sure. The goal remains clear about focusing on his junior season and then seeing what happens in recruiting after that.
Waddle is ranked No. 290 in the Scout 300 and has shown promise in the secondary but definitely seems like a slot receiver when it’s all said and done.