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Sooner Intel: OU looking for Darrell Simpson to help anchor offensive line

Intel returns with an update on OU offensive tackle target Darrell Simpson.

Getting one Scout 100 offensive tackle for a class seems like it would be enough. But Oklahoma is getting greedy and vying for two when it comes to the 2018 class.

Greedy is probably the wrong word because it’s not like offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh hasn’t put in the work with Moore (Okla.) Southmoore commit Brey Walker and Justin (Texas) Northwest’s Darrell Simpson.

Walker, a five-star prospect ranked No. 12 in the Scout 100, has been committed to OU since November 2015, and it doesn’t seem like nothing is going to change that.

Simpson, the No. 1-ranked offensive tackle in the state of Texas and ranked No. 43 in the Scout 100, has been a frequent visitor to Norman and was back at OU recently for junior day.

“I feel like I’m getting real close to Coach Bedenbaugh,” Simpson said. “I’m still just trying to make sure everything is still cool with OU.”

Wherever you see Walker, you’ve been bound to see Simpson as well in the last couple of years. Beyond their trips to Norman, both have been at The Opening regional in the Dallas area the last two years and both made the final five offensive linemen two weeks ago at the Frisco regional.

“I do talk to Darrell whenever I can,” Walker said. “He’s a great player. A great offensive tackle. It would be great to have him at OU so of course I talk with him.”

Simpson said the same thing about constantly interacting with Walker. The two mesh well because of their personalities. But not because they’re loud, it’s the opposite. Both Walker and Simpson shy away from the spotlight, which has probably helped build their bond even more.

The four-star prospect said he’s not sure where he’s going to visit this spring. LSU is one school that would love to have Simpson on campus sooner than later. Simpson has no timetable but did say he believes his top 10 will be out before his senior season starts.

There’s little fear of OU not making that list and a large part of the credit does indeed have to go to Bedenbaugh for knowing exactly what chord to strike.

“He’s a laid back coach,” Simpson said. “There’s no pressure with him. He just really knows how to talk to people and that means a lot.”

Simpson has been to OU so many times that it’s not like any visit trumps another. However, in getting to see what the Sooners are doing in terms of upgrading their facilities, that did bring out a smile from Simpson.

“It’s really special what they’re doing in terms of building new things,” Simpson said. “It’s definitely something I’ll be watching.”

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