Last weekend was pretty huge for the Oklahoma Sooners on the recruiting front. It began on Thursday night (we cover college sports, so Thursday is part of the weekend) when linebacker Nik Bonitto — who had already sent his paperwork — announced during the Under Armour All-America Game that he would be playing college ball in Norman. More good news trickled to OU fans on Saturday when elite DB Bookie Radley-Hiles and former Texas A&M OLB pledge DaShaun White also announced their commitments to the Sooners. However, OU’s recruiting efforts are far from over.
The primary 2018 prospect that OU fans have focused on since then has probably been four-star safety and former Texas A&M commit Leon O’Neal, who has been fairly actie on Twitter. OU may well finish the job on that front, but he’s far from the only name to keep an eye on. In fact, it appears that Oklahoma will try to make one final splash on the offensive side of the ball.
Montgomery (AL) Park Crossing offensive guard Tank Jenkins has been on OU’s radar for quite a while but was never able to find a way to campus — until now, it seems.
Jenkins is listed as the No. 14 offensive guard in the 247Composite Rankings and has received offers from a number of prominent Southeastern schools throughout his recruiting process. Ole Miss and Auburn are considered the leaders, but getting him to take an official visit at least gives OU a puncher’s chance. One potential selling point would be the fact that he would be the only freshman guard in Oklahoma’s 2018 class.
Jenkins isn’t Oklahoma’s only scheduled official visitor this weekend, as Katy (TX) defensive tackle Moro Ojomo is also slated to be in town. Ojomo’s recent list of top schools included the Sooners, who offered him a scholarship earlier this month.
Ojomo has become one of the hottest remaining defensive line commodities since December’s early signing period began. Since Dec. 20, he has received offers from Texas A&M, Tennessee, Oregon, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Miami. Unfortunately, Oklahoma came in with an offer a bit later than some of the local schools (TCU offered nearly a year ago, while Texas offered him two weeks before the early period), so that could work against OU here. However — as is the case with Jenkins (or anyone) — getting him on campus for an official visit is a small victory in and of itself. A recruit giving a program an opportunity to roll out the red carpet is not exactly trivial.
Ojomo may have flown under the radar for a good period of time, but he has all the physical tools to be great player wherever he goes. At 6’3” and 275 pounds, he has the size and quickness to be a really solid B-Gap lineman at Oklahoma. Also, he’s got plenty of nasty to him.
There’s a very good chance that Oklahoma could end up going 0-2 with these guys, but Oklahoma has been able to change the complexion of recruiting battles for plenty of official visitors since Riley took over. Don’t count the Sooners out for either of these guys.