What’s good, fam? I am not on a step mill. Let’s take a closer look at five primary wide receiver targets - including a current OU commit - the Oklahoma Sooners coaching staff is focusing on.
ARJEI HENDERSON - No. 49 overall, No. 8 WR
Perhaps no wide receiver in the 2019 class on the Sooners radar has received more attention since National Signing Day than four-star wide out Arjei Henderson. Tuesday he broke the hearts of fan bases across two states when he trimmed his list of potential suitors to Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Alabama.
The Fort Bend Travis product left Texas Christian, Ole Miss and Texas in the lurch. Shunning Texas is always a good look in these parts, particularly if you’ve accounted for 32 touchdowns and more than 2,500 yards of offense over the last two years (and Henderson has). An Oklahoma official visit is expected this spring.
THEO WEASE - No. 30 overall, No. 5 WR
Elite wideout Theo Wease is leaving room for Oklahoma to show out. That’s good news for the Sooners, as Wease is a one-time OU commit in high demand. Last December he told Rivals he’d wanted to trim his list just a handful of schools, but that Oklahoma would remain in the mix.
“OU is probably going to be one of my top schools until the end,” he said. “When I come out with top schools, they always are going to make the list. I’ll probably be out at their first spring practice, and then probably again for their spring game”. Oklahoma is indeed very much in the running at this point and received another Junior Day visit about a year after his original commitment to OU. Texas A&M was considered the hot school after his previous visit to their very own Junior Day earlier in the month, but OU will have plenty of time to potentially seize the momentum this spring (and may have already done so during his most recent visit).
With spring practice approaching fast, it will be interesting to see how Wease feels about the Sooners with a new look at quarterback.
TREJAN BRIDGES - No. 137 overall, No. 26 WR
The lanky, smooth receiver out of Carrolton, Texas, is the only current OU commit at the receiver position in this class, and the Sooners are happy to have him. Bridges managed over 900 yards receiving and recorded 63 catches as a junior and has been flying up the recruiting rankings this offseason. His tape shows his frame lends itself to the outside receiver positions, though he has burst enough to work through the middle of the field if need be. To date, he’s received more than 20 offers (including a big one from Nick Saban earlier this month) but has remained a solid commitment since September 2017.
Bridges also joined Wease at last weekend’s Junior Day.
GARRETT WILSON - No 78 overall, No. 14 WR
The Sooners have their work cut out for them with four-star wide out Garrett Willson. While he’s uncommitted, Texas and Ohio State figure to be major contenders with Oklahoma State also in the running. It not always smooth sailing when a recruit is considering two of the Sooners biggest rivals and one team we simply can’t stand — Ohio State.
Luckily, someone with deep (understatement) Oklahoma ties has a bit of a connection to Wilson. The talented WR attends Lake Travis, which is where Baker Mayfield used to win championships. Mayfield has actually played a role in Oklahoma’s recruitment of Wilson (according to The Football Brainiacs) and actually gave him a bit of a shoutout during Saturday’s basketball broadcast. It now appears that OU is slowly building momentum.
JADON HASELWOOD - No. 2 overall, No. 1 WR
Five-star recruit Jadon Haselwood hadn’t even been picked up on my radar until last October. And why would he? He’d been committed to Georgia since March 2017. But when he announced he’d planned to visit to his “dream school” my ears perked up. Why? That program is Oklahoma, which is where his father went to school.
“I have been following Oklahoma since I was very young,” he told Rivals.com, “so I know a lot about them and I have always been a fan of theirs.”
All of this is particularly interesting when you know Haselwood has grown up in the state of Georgia. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound wide out is rated the No. 1 prospect in the state of Georgia and fifth nationally. He remains a hard commit to UGA. With former UGA assistant Shane Beamer calling Norman home now, though, don’t be surprised if the Sooners somehow find a way to flip him.