2018’s National Signing Day begins on Wednesday morning with the Oklahoma Sooners already touting a top-10 class. Though most of OU’s (and pretty much everyone’s) recruits have already signed thanks to the Early Signing Period, big names are still out there for the Sooners.
But who will end up signing a National Letter of Intent with Oklahoma? Two current commits - four-star OLB DaShaun White and three-star TE Brayden Willis - are expected to officially join the program, while three-star cornerback Jordon Austin is not expected to sign with OU. Apart from White and Willis, four players that are considering the Sooners will announce decisions between now and Wednesday afternoon.
Three-star DT Moro Ojomo - Katy, Texas (Katy)
Ojomo won’t even be 18 years old when he becomes a college student, so you can see why programs are bullish on his upside. After holding few notable offers heading into December, the athletic defensive lineman received offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Oregon, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami and - very recently - Alabama. Ojomo’s five official visits were to Oklahoma, Texas, Notre Dame, Miami and Oregon with Oklahoma hosting him first. OU appeared to make a good impression, but Texas seems to have seized the momentum following his trip to Austin. The Longhorns definitely appear to be the pick right now.
Ojomo is scheduled to announce his decision Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.
UPDATE: Moro Ojomo has committed to Texas.
Four-star OG Marcus “Tank” Jenkins - Montgomery, Ala. (Park Crossing)
Oklahoma isn’t exactly short on present and future talent along the offensive line, but the opportunity to potentially add someone of Jenkins’ caliber is not something to ignore. It would also make sense for Oklahoma to bring him on as he would be Oklahoma’s only freshman guard in the 2018 class. After visits kept falling through, Oklahoma’s ability to really enter the race appeared to be in doubt. However, Jenkins finally made it to campus on Jan. 12 for an official and Sooners have been right in the thick of things from that point on.
SEC West schools Ole Miss and Texas A&M are the biggest hurdles for Oklahoma in this race, and the Rebels have geography in their favor. He’s scheduled to announce his decision Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT and commitment to any of these three schools wouldn’t be too much of a surprise.
Four-star DT Michael Thompson - St. Louis, Mo. (Parkway North)
Oklahoma stormed right into this race in January and has never really stopped building momentum. Jenkins seemed like a near-lock for the in-state Missouri Tigers for quite some time, but OU is pretty much the consensus pick as of Tuesday afternoon. If Oklahoma does indeed land Thompson, it’ll be one of the most impressive recruiting victories in quite some time for a number of reasons (level of talent, need of impact players at the position, timing, etc.). He’s scheduled to announce his decision Wednesday at around noon CT.
Four-star DE Jeremiah Martin - San Bernardino, Calif. (Cajon)
This is a situation in which Oklahoma has never really led the race but has never quite been out of it either. Oklahoma coaches haven’t given up, as they’ve continued to pay him visits out in Cali. Martin will announce his decision at noon CT and Texas A&M appears to be the favorite.
Heading into NSD, the Sooners currently hold the No. 7 class in the 247Composite Rankings as well as the No. 6 class according to Rivals. Oklahoma currently has 19 signees/enrollees and should sign White, Willis and probably Thompson on Wednesday. Any signing beyond those would be nothing but a bonus for the Sooners.
Oklahoma would have a pretty solid 22-man class if it shakes out as expected, but it would also leave Oklahoma with some room to potentially add graduate transfers (FINGERS CROSSED FOR CALVIN ANDERSON) this offseason.