When the Oklahoma Sooners finished the 2018 recruiting cycle with 22 total signees, it left plenty of room for some potential graduate transfers to be added. OU had already been targeting former Rice offensive tackle Calvin Anderson for that exact purpose, and the Sooners solidified themselves as true contenders when Anderson announced his intention to head to Norman this coming weekend for his final visit. The Austin native also announced that Oklahoma - along with Texas, Auburn and Michigan - is one of the finalists to earn his services in 2018.
Oklahoma lost Outland finalist and unanimous All-American left tackle Orlando Brown to the NFL Draft this offseason, but Anderson could help lessen the blow in the short term. Bobby Evans returns in 2018 and could potentially move over to the left if need be, but Anderson would be one of the leading candidates - if not the leading candidate - to take the spot opposite Evans. The 6’5”, 300-pound tackle is a two-time honorable mention All-Conference selection in Conference USA and has done well against a number of quality defensive linemen in his career. Also, he can solve a Rubik’s Cube behind his back.
Oklahoma obviously has the need at offensive tackle as a selling point, but the same goes for the other three schools in the running. Having said that, the opportunity to be the last school to pull out the red carpet could certainly work in Oklahoma’s favor. After all, Oklahoma has done a fantastic job with official visitors since Lincoln Riley took over this past summer.
If Oklahoma doesn’t pull this off, it certainly won’t be the end of the world. Oklahoma has potential high-upside options such as Adrian Ealy and freshman-to-be Brey Walker, but a veteran presence at tackle could be quite beneficial for an offense that is trying to break in a new QB in 2018.
Here’s a bit of film from Anderson’s sophomore season (2016):