It’s been a pretty eventful couple of weeks for the Oklahoma Sooners football program. As the reign of the one and only Bob Stoops came to a sudden but seemingly poetic end, a sparkling new era has begun and seems to already be hitting stride in Norman. With the new face of the program, offensive mastermind Lincoln Riley, kicking up an Oklahoma dust storm on the recruiting trail before his name even went up on his new office door, the Sooners have already managed to win back elite in-state prospect Ron Tatum from the burnt orange land down below as they continue building steam in the busy summer months.
The Oklahoma staff has been busy as of late, with Missouri’s ultra-talented defensive tackle Trevor Trout and four-star wide receiver Tommy Bush out of Texas visiting Norman just in the past week. It seems the Lincoln Riley bump continues with the Sooners hosting a few promising visitors this week, including elite four-star 2019 quarterback Spencer Rattler making his official on Monday, June 19. The dynamic quarterback, entering his junior season at Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Arizona, is among the nation’s best and most athletic and could be an outstanding fit in the Sooners’ system.
Headed to Norman for an unofficial tmmrw ✊ #BoomerSooner ‼️— Spencer Rattler (@SpencerRattler) June 18, 2017
Missing out on an elite QB prospect in the class of 2018, Rattler is most certainly a step up in talent and upside from Tanner Mordecai (although I DO like Mordecai). And with two years of high school still left to play, Rattler could develop into one of the top prospects, a possible five-star, by the time the process done and would be one of Riley’s crown jewels on the recruiting trail.
At 6-2, 180 pounds, you can see from his film that Rattler has it all — and he’s just about to be a junior. He’s a fluid passer who stands tall in the pocket and possesses a quick release to complement his accuracy and effortless throwing motion. He also has the athleticism to scramble and be effective in the open field if the pocket collapses.
It’ll be tough to say who ends up with his commitment in the end, but it appears for now, Coach Riley has the Sooners in a good spot. Rattler visited USC last week and already holds offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA, among numerous others.
Another major target the Sooners hosted this weekend is recent Texas Tech wide receiver decommit Jaylon Robinson. From the looks of it Jaylon, along with fellow 2019 wideout Dylan Wright out of Ennis, Texas, have enjoyed their visit to Norman.
I think I'll look pretty good in that crimson and cream pic.twitter.com/p2UKKlpqGk— JayFla⚡️h™ (@Jaylon_D1) June 18, 2017
Robinson is an explosive, Jalen Saunders-type of playmaker out of Paschal High School in Fort Worth, Texas, who recently told The Football Brainiacs that OU is his “dream school”.
It’s easy to see how the 5-10 dynamo, who also lined up in the backfield in high school, would be a great fit in the OU offense and return game. With excellent hands, speed, agility and elusiveness, Johnson is sure to light up the field wherever he ends up. He is a big play waiting to happen with each and every touch and would be a real difference maker anywhere on the field at Oklahoma.
Very excited to announce I've Received an offer from THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA#BoomerSooner⭕️ Congrats Coach Riley. pic.twitter.com/ziMphDGzgF— JayFla⚡️h™ (@Jaylon_D1) June 8, 2017
Finally, a surprising name that’s entered back into the fray is Tramonda Moore, the 2016 U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City. Moore suffered a setback due to academic issues and had to take the JUCO route last fall. He certainly seems excited at the opportunity to potentially jump on the Riley Express after picking up an offer from the Sooners this weekend.
Moore, a 6-6, 330-pound, lineman who played on both sides of the line in high school, spent the 2016 season at Independence CC in Kansas. He was a two-way starter at offensive tackle and defensive tackle in high school, showcasing his athleticism and versatility, and can be utilized at guard along with his primary and most dominant position of offensive tackle at the next level. Landing him along with top in-state prospect Brey Walker would ensure OU’s offensive line has the base to continue to be at or near the very top of the country for years to come.
You can tell from his film that Tramonda Moore is an incredible talent and has all the tools to develop in yet another top NFL prospect on the offensive line under Bill Bedenbaugh and Lincoln Riley. He can operate on either side of the ball and has the size and aggressiveness to take on either inside or outside defensive linemen in the trenches. Originally committed to Oklahoma State, the Sooners look to be in a good spot to eventually land Moore.
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