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.
Collinsville (Okla.) High ILB Levi Draper
The story: After a brief flirtation with Oklahoma State, Draper switched his commitment to OU in December 2015 and never looked back. For months, he was the top-ranked commit for the class and the No. 1-ranked prospect in a loaded crop in the state for 2017. Draper is somebody that symbolized how the Sooners were about to make a major stand in recruiting. Once committed, yea, Draper never wavered one bit with OU.
Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Elkins OLB Kenneth Murray
The story: OU hit the jackpot on this one. Texas and Texas A&M were absolutely in the mix here for Murray. But when he hit Norman for the ChampUBBQ, the Sooners did everything right with Murray and his family. This was an example of OU winning a battle that it feels like in the previous few years OU would have been the bridesmaid. Murray was locked with OU from that moment on and had an outstanding senior season for Fort Bend Elkins.
Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep OLB Addison Gumbs
The story: It was a huge shock to see Gumbs commit to OU when it appeared like he was destined to College Station and Texas A&M. And it was a huge fight for the Sooners to keep Gumbs once he was committed to the Sooners because of the Aggies and UCLA. Another example of OU being able to stand its ground when it would have felt like in years prior that OU would have suffered a setback. Gumbs, through it all, stayed true to his word and is rolling with SoonerSquad17.
Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast OLB K’Jakyre Daley
The story: OU made a big impression in the summer but nobody had any real idea if the Sooners were going to be able to survive with a kid from Florida. A great official visit in September led to a commitment in October. Daley seemed tight with OU until Florida State came calling in December. Despite being a Florida kid, Daley never did visit the Seminoles and became one of OU’s more vocal recruits down the stretch.