All recruits remember their first offer. All Oklahoma fans remember the first in-state offer for a particular class.
For 2018? It was Moore Southmoore offensive tackle Brey Walker. Tulsa Booker T. Washington safety Daxton Hill earned the honors for 2019.
There’s not supposed to be a 2020 offer yet, but there is. Broken Arrow offensive tackle Andrew Raym became the initial offer for the Sooners in 2020 and also his first offer of many more to come.
Raym projects at offensive tackle for the future and is around 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds following his freshman season.
He was in Norman for Bedlam in December and returned to OU two weeks ago for the spring game when he earned the offer from offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.
“It was pretty wild,” Raym said. “Pretty surreal. It’s exciting, and I truly feel blessed.”
Raym was just checking in when Bedenbaugh and Stoops told him he no longer has to search for his first offer as OU was ready to make the plunge.
Bedenbaugh has built one of the best offensive lines in the country for the 2017 season, and he’s doing his best to make sure it doesn’t slow down anytime soon in Norman. Where it used to be unheard of to offer a recruit so early, Bedenbaugh has shown that can work.
He offered Walker in the spring following his freshman season and has now had the five-star committed to the Sooners since Bedlam 2015. Bedenbaugh is trying to do the same thing with Raym.
“It’s a pretty good relationship right now,” Raym said. “He’s a really good coach, and you can tell he gets the best out of his players.”
Bedenbaugh would like to do the same with Raym in the future, and OU fans have reason to be optimistic about that happening. Raym said he has grown up a huge Sooners fan, always been his favorite team.
Raym also has had close ties with Arkansas so expect the Razorbacks to be in the mix as well. He said he might visit Texas A&M this summer.
It can be incredibly difficult to be a freshman on varsity, especially at a position as grueling as offensive line. But Raym really didn’t see the big fuss about what he was able to accomplish.
“It was pretty easy, honestly (the transition),” he said. “I’ve been working up to that moment my whole life. This is what I want to do.”
At 6-4 right now, Raym said doctors have told him he should approach anywhere from 6-6 to 6-8. His size won’t be questioned, and he’s making sure his work ethic isn’t, either.
“Honestly, I try to get in around 5-5:30 a.m. before school and work on my footwork,” Raym said. “I have a long way to go so I’m not going to slow down.”