There are certain positions for Oklahoma’s 2017 class where everybody feels pretty comfortable. That’s a credit to what the OU coaches have been able to do so far.
Offensive tackle is not one of them. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has locked down three linemen but all of them are of the interior kind.
No tackles, and Bedenbaugh and OU fans are hoping that could change this weekend with Gonzales (La.) East Ascension tackle Adrian Ealy.
Ealy, ranked in the Scout 300, had hoped to see Norman a couple of times during the summer but was unable to do so. No hindrance this time. Ealy will be accompanied by his parents and older brother for a two-day visit that will begin Saturday and end Monday morning.
“I’m really excited,” Ealy said. “This has been one of my top schools for a long time. They’ve been contacting me a lot, and I want to try it out and see how it goes.”
OU is Ealy’s first official visit but the question is whether it will be the only one necessary. Ealy said he has Miami-Florida State circled and would like to make a decision in October or wait until around December.
The qualifier in that is Ealy’s honesty about saying flat out if the OU visit is so dang good, so life-changing, that he would commit right then and there.
“If it’s that amazing of a trip, I’m going to have to say I would,” Ealy said. “I’m planning on October, but if it’s something I can’t miss, I’ll know.”
That’s where it’s really going to help having Ealy’s family in town. Having his parents and brother with him will allow him to talk things through about the trip and can give him input on whether or not Norman could be the right spot for him.
Ealy was offered by OU at the end of his sophomore school year but said things didn’t start to really heat up until the middle of his junior season. But heat up it did and his relationship with Bedenbaugh is among the best he has right now.
“Me and Coach B are building a strong relationship,” Ealy said. “Even though it has only been one time face-to-face, we talk all the time on the phone and texting. He’s a great man, a family man. A real tight relationship, and I’m building one with Coach (Bob) Stoops, too.”
Ealy isn’t too familiar with OU’s 2017 class, but he’s about to get a strong dose of it this weekend. OU has 14 commits coming to the game with 12 of them on official visits.
The one he has talked to happens to be McKinney (Texas) Boyd offensive guard Tyrese Robinson, who could potentially be a future teammate.
“They’ve got a bunch of big guards and a center,” Ealy said. “They’re set at interior linemen but no tackles. I can fill that place well if I go there. They told me I’m the main priority.”
Ealy said he might visit places like Michigan or Florida and might entertain a return trip to Texas he made as a sophomore. For now, though, it’s about his high school game Friday and enjoying Norman this weekend.
“It’s just one step at a time,” Ealy said. “I’m playing with a lot more intensity. I’m playing way harder than I was before and finishing my blocks.”