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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: The Early Signing Period, another AP Poll snub, and more!

Also, Oklahoma’s close wins give its players confidence heading into the College Football Playoff.

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Happy Monday, friends and fans!

This Wednesday, December 19th, marks the beginning of college football’s early signing period. Recruits around the nation will finally be able to put their verbal commitments in ink. Last year was the first time the early period was in place, and it called for a bit of an adjustment for both coaches and recruits alike. As far as the Oklahoma Sooners are concerned, this year’s recruiting cycle looks to be shaping up quite well.

Before the signing festivities begin this week, here are some of the basics courtesy of The Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer.

Currently, Oklahoma has 18 verbal commits, with nine on offense and nine on defense. Not every recruit is necessarily expected to sign in the early period, most of them will. There could also be a commit/signing at the eleventh hour, as was the case with Michael Thompson in the last season’s February signing period. Will Houston’s Marcus Stripling be that big late addition this time around? It’s looking awfully good for the Sooners.

Now on to this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Oklahoma’s defense is growing confident in its clutch moment abilities, Cody Ford is projected as a mid-first round pick, the Cleveland Browns are still hanging onto a glimmer of hope for the playoffs and more!

OU Links

  • Did OU crack the top 25 of the AP Poll this week? Not quite...
  • Mark Andrews picked up a first down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hit ‘em with the Salt Bae. I’m here for this.

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