The 2018 Oklahoma Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Oklahoma Recruiting Class Overview
The Sooners came up with their second elite class in a row, but it’s not in the way you might think.
Of course, the offense is getting its share of talents. T.J. Pledger out of Florida is a lightning-quick running back, and the receiving tandem of Jaylon Robinson and Kundarrius Taylor will be killers.
Of course, Tanner Mordecai is a solid quarterback out of Waco to be in the mix a few years from now, and of course, offensive linemen Darrell Simpson, Brey Walker, and Tramonda Moore all have All-Big 12 upside.
But it’s the defense that rocks this class.
Landing Nikolas Bonitto out of Fort Lauderdale and DaShaun White out of Texas were coups for the linebacking corps, and the defensive ends are coming, taking Ronnie Perkins out of St. Louis, and away from a whole host of SEC teams, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State.
The Oklahoma Class Is Heavy On …
Apparently, Oklahoma would like to start coming up with more stops against the forward pass.
Yeah, it helps to have a good secondary in the Big 12, and the Sooners are doing a whole lot to boost theirs, signing on a ton of fantastic talents, including safety Miguel Adams away from Miami – among some major SEC schools. OU was also able to land corner Starrland Baldwin out of Houston, even though he had the smarts to go Ivy League and the skills to pick his share of Big 12, ACC and SEC schools.
The Star of the Oklahoma Class Is …
CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, 5-10, 187
Out of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, Radley-Hiles has the next-level upside, skills, and talent to become an almost instant sensation. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, USC, Texas and Penn State were in the hunt, but it was done – he was going to Nebraska.
Until he wasn’t.
He broke Husker hearts by changing his mind and picking OU, and now he should grow into the type of all-star defender who can erase one side of the field.
The Oklahoma Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Yeah, duh, losing Baker Mayfield hurts, but Kyler Murray will be terrific. Not having around offensive tackle Orlando Brown is a problem, and the pass rush needs work without Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and D.J. Ward on the outside.
But not having around safeties William Johnson and Steven Parker is an issue, meaning that – along with not having LB Emmanuel Beal or Okoronkwo – four of the top six tacklers are gone.
And that’s why OU is bringing aboard some serious talent at defensive back.