Oklahoma Sooners

4th Of July Commitments Send Sooners Surging Up Recruiting Rankings

M. Hofeld

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When the day began on July 4th Oklahoma was ranked #31 in 247Sports composite recruiting rankings. When the day finished the Sooners were at #14. That’s the impact adding Latrell McCutchin and Caleb Williams to the class had.

In the Big 12 Oklahoma has blown past Baylor, for the #2 spot, and are nipping at the heels of Texas at #1. It’s a surge in the rankings that was certainly expected to come with the announcement of Caleb Williams committing, but it is also a surge that is expected to continue to grow as more recruits that are connected to Williams make their pledge as well.

In the Rivals rankings Oklahoma jumped 20 spots to #15. The Sooners are also just one of two teams to have more than one 5-star recruit, as ranked by Rivals, putting them in the company of Ohio State who has the top overall class.

Oklahoma’s 2021 recruiting class currently stands at 11 verbal commitments and is still heavily dominated by the defensive side of the ball. Seven of the commitments are pledges to play for Alex Grinch and the Sooners’ Speed D. The defensive commitments are highlighted by three 4-star defensive ends and the top JUCO defensive tackle in the class. However, McCutchin’s commitment may be the beginning of the focus in the secondary. He joins Jordan Mukes as the second player in the defensive backfield and is the highest ranked.

On the offensive side of the ball, Williams is teamed up with 4-star receivers Cody Jackson and Mario Williams. The Sooners are widely expected to add at least one more, but most likely two, receiver to this class and I think we’re about to see a boom in offensive linemen commitments.

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