It’s not fair or accurate to say Oklahoma is struggling in recruiting for the 2018 class. Maybe it’s not the all-out home run of SoonerSquad17, but the Sooners aren’t down in the dumps.
What might be fair to say is OU doesn’t have that face of the class yet for 2018 despite the increasingly determined efforts of Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive back Patrick Fields.
Fields is trying, but it’s hard to do, which is something he is finding out.
That’s #SavageTeam2K18 recruiting, but when you look at #NewWave19, you don’t have that issue. There is one guy leading that charge and in a major way.
Allen (Texas) High wide receiver Theo Wease committed within minutes of Richmond (Texas) Travis receiver Arjei Henderson
Henderson is now up to 37 offers and has been making the rounds in terms of visits, but Wease? Wease has been in Norman on back-to-back weekends.
He was there two weeks ago for the spring game and returned last weekend for a scrimmage as it felt like the whole Allen team was in attendance.
“I loved it,” said Wease about the spring game. “I felt like I already knew what I was getting into and the fans were interacting with me a lot more.”
When any recruit talks about OU, one of the first things (if not the first) is about the winning tradition, the championships. There have been a lot of great players to suit up for the Sooners, and with so many of them back in Norman for the spring game, Wease gets it now.
“It means a lot to see all those guys come back to the program,” Wease said. “The tradition is real. I believe it when they say it now. Even the big-time guys like Trent Williams and Adrian Peterson came back. I get it.”
Wease returning to Norman so quickly from his February junior day visit also allowed him to see how the updates are coming with the facilities. He said when he was there in February, it was all just concrete. It was all about showing what will be done.
This time around there has been a lot of progress. Not everything is completed, obviously, but Wease said he has much a better idea of what’s going on and got a feel of just how some of those things will be in the future.
Going to OU in back-to-back weekends not only lets Wease send a message to other schools that he’s not wavering on his decision, it allows him to know the coaches better and understand what to expect in Norman.
“They love to score,” Wease said. “Offense is big at OU, and these last two weekends really showed me what that’s all about. Those quarterbacks can get mobile and make things happen.”
Sooners Illustrated wasn’t able to see Wease compete at The Opening regional last month as he was still recovering from hernia surgery. He’s cleared now and has been showcasing his talents at multiple camps, earning high praise along the way.
“I’m super excited with the way things are going right now,” Wease said. “I’m better off my releases and coming off the line and with my speed.”
Wease is already a four-star talent for Scout’s 2019 class, and it’s hard to envision that changing based on how well he has performed.
What is an unknown is whether he’ll stick with his OU commitment. Schools like Washington and Oregon have entered the mix. Florida State is starting to talk to Wease.
He gets it. He understands things won’t slow down and yes, there are some schools he might visit down the road. But there’s also no reason at all for OU fans to worry about Wease. He’s with OU, and he’s the face of #NewWave19.
“Not really, no,” said Wease about second-guessing his early commitment. “Schools ask me why I committed so early. I tell them why, and they understand it.
“I’m super comfortable with it (being the face of the class). I was the first one to have it on my mind about committing. I should have that leadership role in the class. I like being a leader, feel like I’ve been one my entire life.”