It’s national signing day and Oklahoma put in the work to make its SoonerSquad17 one of the best in Norman in some time.
Sooners Illustrated is here to give a position-by-position overview of the newest recruits headed to Norman.
McKinney (Texas) Boyd OG Tyrese Robinson
The story: You could argue Robinson being the foundation of the class. Committed for more than a year and a legitimate recruiting win for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and the Sooners. He had no connections to OU but picked the Sooners and never looked back. His pledge was a sign that OU was going to be able to make a dent once again in the state of Texas and was going to be a player throughout the 2017 class.
Maryland Heights (Mo.) Pattonville OG Marquis Hayes
The story: Hayes exploded onto the recruiting scene in the spring, and Bedenbaugh was quick to notice the improvement in Hayes’ game. A visit to OU in the summer locked down a July commitment and that was all she wrote. Hayes never flinched, always stayed true to the Sooners. As his senior season ended, everybody noticed what great strides Hayes had made as he ended in the Scout 300 when the final rankings were released.
Shawnee (Okla.) High C Creed Humphrey
The story: Ahh, an interesting one here. Originally committed to Texas A&M, Humphrey flipped to OU not too long after and stayed strong with the Sooners. OU wasn’t even close to among the first to recognize what Humphrey brought to the table, but once Bill Bedenbaugh was onboard, he did a great job of taking away any potential negative feelings with Humphrey. During the season, Humphrey was all-in and attended as many games as possible.
Gonzales (La.) East Ascension OT Adrian Ealy
The story: Ealy became a name for OU fans to monitor during the spring and summer as it seemed like OU was able to strike the right chord with the Scout 300 prospect. An official visit in September felt like it cemented things even more. But Ealy took his time. He made some other visits before ultimately committing to OU in early January. Ealy is the only offensive tackle being taken by the Sooners for the class.