Sooner Intel: OU off to good start with Arjei Henderson

Intel returns with an update on OU commit Arjei Henderson.

If you wanted to take an early guess at who might commit to Oklahoma for the 2019 class, there’s no doubt Allen (Texas) High wide receiver Theo Wease was going to be in that mix.

OU seemed to have a lot of interest in Wease, and Wease appeared to be about as all-in as you can be 24 months away from signing day.

His commitment at OU’s second junior day didn’t startle anyone, but adding Richmond (Texas) Travis receiver Arjei Henderson, too? That raised some eyebrows.

“It’s just something we had talked about for a long time,” Henderson said. “They offered Theo first, and he kind of knew. When I got the offer, it was a go. We took a visit together, and it’s like home there.”

Henderson said part of the appeal of OU is the small town feel of Norman. He said he appreciates the culture there and said family is what he’s about and he sees that’s what OU is about.

The Sooners did wait a little bit longer to offer Henderson than Wease, but it simply didn’t matter when it was all said and done even if Henderson had no clue he would be committing to #Norman19 when he made the trip.

“I actually didn’t plan on it,” Henderson said. “I was just so blown away by everything at OU so figured why not? I have all the offer that I’ve wanted. Once I got that one, it’s time.”

Henderson was one of three OU commits competing at The Opening regional in Frisco, Texas, and he acquitted himself very well despite being a 2019 recruit. It was easy to see why OU has been so excited about what Henderson brings to the table with his size and athletic ability.

It’s not the shortest trip in the world from Richmond, Texas, to Norman, but Henderson said he intends to make a spring practice or two as OU begins March 21. If nothing else, Henderson guaranteed he would be at OU’s spring game April 8.

It will be crucial for OU to have Henderson and Wease in Norman on April 8 because it’s clear right now they’re the ringleaders of the class. OU learned from #SoonerSquad17 just how vital it is to build an early crop of recruits who then go out and try to add to the class.

Henderson and Wease have those personalities, and it’s definitely a topic of conversation by the OU coaches.

“It’s something the OU coaches talked about with both of us,” Henderson said. “When we committed, they said they’re putting the recruitment of 2019 guys in our hands. They want us to help.”

Wease was also in Frisco, but he didn’t participate as he’s recovering from a sports hernia injury. Decked out in OU apparel from head-to-toe, it’s obvious OU is hitting the right notes with Wease and Henderson despite them having no clue it would work out the way it did.

There was never a plan to commit to the same school. There was never a plan to commit on the same day yet alone same minute.

It’s all how it worked out, said Wease.

“The plan was never for us to commit to the same school,” Wease said. “I knew OU was where I wanted to go after the first visit. I took a month to think about it.

“Arjei – we starting talking about it. We both knew. I know where I’m going. He said he thinks he knows where he’s going.

“So we’re in this group message and we’re both saying we know where we want to go but not saying where we’re going to go. We both text it. We both text OU. We knew.”

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