Holding twenty-two signed letters of intent, the Oklahoma Sooners incoming freshman class climbed to No. 5 nationally on Wednesday as the early signing period closed. It’s quite the feat knowing the program secured several 4-star defensive prospects without a naming a future defensive coordinator. Speaking volumes of the work the coaching staff put in throughout the year, the class also featured a few surprises. Recapping the events of the day Lincoln Riley stated, “Our top targets throughout the process were guys that we ended up getting.”
Shifting focus to the upcoming College Football Playoff pairing with the Alabama Crimson Tide, recruiting takes a back seat until February roles around. Still, there are plenty of uncommitted and unsigned prospects wondering the country late into the process. Adding a bit of mystique to the upcoming National Signing Day, Riley once again gave an encouraging statement.
“We’ve got a few more still out there,” said the Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach. “We’ll have a few more surprises for everybody.”
Could the coach be referencing 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood? It’s no secret that a spot at the position opened up after the decommitment of Arjei Henderson. Although the two remain unsigned at this point, given a choice between the two most would opt for Haselwood. The High School All-American is the nation’s No. 6 overall recruit according to 247Sports.
Recently, the experts updated their predictions and a noticeable change occurred. Once thought to be heading to the Bulldogs as a Georgia native, that is no longer the popular opinion. Now, Oklahoma holds a slight edge over all other suitors for the lottery that is the top ranked receiver in the class. On January 5th, Haselwood will officially announce his commitment.
The other option, the Sooners are looking to sway is Enokk Vimahi. Standing 6-4 and 280-pounds, the offensive guard comes in as the No. 123 overall prospect in the class. A long time lean toward USC, Vihami scheduled an official visit to Norman at the turn of the new year. The occasion marks the second time the offensive line will be on campus.
At this current juncture in time, the offensive line continues to be a priority. Is this the one event needed to push Oklahoma over the edge in the eyes of the recruit?
Are these the two surprises Lincoln Riley is referencing? Only time will tell!