Oklahoma defensive coordinator Alex Grinch doesn’t have time to develop talent on the interior of the defensive line. The graduations of Neville Gallimore and Marquise Overton leave a ton of young but unproven talent in the center of the defensive line for year two of Grinch’s speed defense.
Regardless of when the off-season begins for the Sooners, Grinch is going to enter into it riding a wave of momentum. The defensive line, particularly the middle, is going to be key in maintaining that momentum, which leaves little to no time for young guys to cut their teeth. That’s why Perrion Winfrey and Josh Ellison are two of the primary keys to Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class.
Neither of these two were recruited to develop and be contributors down the road somewhere. They were both recruited to be an immediate part of Grinch’s second version of the Speed D.
“You look at it from a junior college standpoint,” Grinch said on Wednesday, “… if there’s a guy that can come in and start on your defense, you’re in the business of recruiting those individuals.”
Winfrey was the nation’s top JUCO defensive tackle position and Ellison was #2 at the position. Both have now signed to play for Oklahoma and both are absolutely expected to be factors next season.
At 6-4/305, Winfrey turned down 19 other offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Oregon, and Penn State to play for the Sooners. In two seasons at Iowa Western Community College he racked up 55 total tackles and 9.5 sacks.
Josh Ellison has a 6-3/295 frame and spurned Texas A&M to sign with the Sooners. He played in nine games for Blinn College this fall, recording 29 total tackles, 5.5 for loss, and a sack.
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