The Oklahoma Sooners certainly had a busy week on the recruiting trail. Sending out seven offers over the course of seven days, the program remains intent on bolstering the talent level in the locker room. However, it appears as though the clear emphasis for the future of the program rests solely on the defense. Evidenced by each of the offers on this list, here’s a quick recap of the week.
Kourt Williams | 3-Star Safety
Completely ignore the star rating here as Kourt Williams continues to draw interest from perennial powers from across the nation. Standing 6-1 at 215-pounds, the safety propsect is built like a linebacker but also possesses speed. Posting a 4.6 second 40-yard dash time, some experts believe the 2020 recruit leans toward UCLA. Yet to make a commitment, there’s plenty of time to sway Williams one way or another.
Josh White | 3-Star Outside Linebacker
Holding offers from numerous contenders in the SEC, Josh White was named the defensive MVP of the district as a junior in high school. Hailing from the rich recruiting grounds of Houston, Oklahoma hopes to make an in-road with the budding recruit. Behind natural instincts and a good feel for the game, White also possesses the speed to drop into coverage. Essentially, this prospect is what the Big 12 continues to scour the nation to hopefully sign during the early signing period.
Trenton Simpson | 3-Star Running Back/Outside Linebacker
As a two-way player, Trenton Simpson continues to turn heads in the recruiting world. Receiving offers from numerous places such as Notre Dame, LSU, and Oklahoma over the course of the week, Simpson seems to be enjoying the process. Remaining an intriguing prospect, this is one to keep an eye on moving forward.
Dontae Manning | 3-Star Cornerback
Like many others on this list, Dontae Manning received a bump in interest during the month of February. Receiving various regional offers, the defender also makes an impact in the return game. It’s a way for young players to receive early playing time at the collegiate level. However, Manning’s length and unrivaled vertical should allow the high school junior to compete for time at corner on the next level as well.
Landon Jackson | 4-Star Defensive End
The Lone 2021 recruit on the list, Landon Jackson is regarded as an elite level prospect. Missing time due to injury in 2018, the defensive end gained recognition in the district earning the title of newcomer of the year as a freshman in 2017. Already making an unofficial visit to Texas, Jackson holds 11 offers at the time of writing this article. At the moment, predictions have the elite recruit leaning toward Texas A&M.
Jordan Botelho | 4-Star Inside Linebacker
Of all the others on this list, this is one recruit I believe the Oklahoma Sooners have little chance in signing. A native of Hawaii, Jordan Botelho is the top ranked player in the state drawing interest from the contiguous forty-eight. Historically, the PAC-12 finds the most success with players from the islands. This looks no different. With a nasty streak and the ability to edge rush, the ceiling remains high for Botelho.
Chantz Williams | 4-Star Defensive End
Chantz Williams compiled a list of top five schools the day before the Oklahoma Sooners extended an offer. Choosing a group of schools close to the state of Florida, can a few late offers sway the defensive end to reconsider? Possessing top notch athleticism combined with unteachables such as an 80-inch wing span and large hands, Williams is a target many schools would love to have on the roster.