Oklahoma has done a lot of things differently with the 2017 class and that includes the number of mid-year enrollees.
SoonerSquad17 is in Norman, well, a lot of them are. OU has 11 mid-year enrollees for the class so for those who need a refresher or an introduction, time to know the next batch of names.
Get to know the newest Sooners.
Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry RB Trey Sermon
The story: You knew OU had to hit a home run at running back for the 2017 class, and Sermon was the first major piece to that puzzle. Following a spring visit, the Sooners took the clear lead before Sermon committed a few weeks later. Sermon flirted early in the regular season with other schools but never had anybody concerned. Multiple unofficial visits combined with a great official visit sealed the deal for Sermon sticking with the Sooners.
2017 impact: More than most freshmen, that’s for sure. OU recruited the class as if Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine were leaving and turns out, both are indeed heading to the NFL. That leaves the door open for guys like Sermon to show what they can do. Sermon is a big back, not quite Perine big, but a big back who absolutely could see immediate playing time in Norman. He’ll at least be fighting for it, no doubt about that.
Scout says: A running back with a great frame. Will fill it out over time. Runs with a blend of power and grace. More of an upright runner, so needs to run lower, with better pad level, and that will help him down the road. Not elite speed, but covers a lot of ground quickly with his strides. Even at his size, he has shown the ability to make guys miss, make the quick cut, and is more athletic than some may think. His hands out of the backfield are an asset too.