Lincoln Riley continued his outstanding run of recruiting on Friday, as highly-touted 2019 tight end Austin Stogner announced his intention to play college football for the Oklahoma Sooners. The Plano, Texas, native chose OU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Tennessee and Texas A&M. Stogner visited Texas A&M yesterday, but he was obviously more impressed with Monday’s visit to Norman.
Stogner is rated as the No. 5 TE of the 2019 class, and he’s going to be a handful for defensive coordinators at the next level — particularly in the red zone. Standing at 6-7, Stogner has the height, length and leaping ability to win pretty much any jump-ball battle he faces in the future. Additionally, he runs very well for a kid of his size. He’s someone who will need to add a bit to his frame, but there’s obviously plenty of time for him to accomplish that goal. He possesses plenty of physicality already, so I can picture OU finding ways to utilize him as a run blocker or lining him at the edge of the line from time to time (as opposed to almost exclusively putting him in the slot or out wide).
It goes without saying that we’re still a ways away from National Signing Day in 2019, so don’t expect other top-flight programs to stop pursuing him. However, this is still some outstanding news, and at the very least you have to like where the Sooners stand.