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Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: A quick update as we approach the Early Signing Period

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Five-star QB commit and current Norman resident Caleb Williams is wearing his recruiting hat this weekend.

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With the Early Signing Period fast approaching, the Oklahoma Sooners are looking to put the finishing touches on what is already a spectacular 2021 recruiting class. OU’s group, which currently ranks 11th nationally per 247Composite, still sits at only 15 members, so major developments are still in the works.

Assisting in this effort is five-star QB commit Caleb Williams, who now lives in Norman and is serving as an unofficial recruiting ambassador for the program. In a year that has not allowed for official visits, his role has been crucial. A few of the names on this list of remaining targets will be in town for this weekend’s game against the Baylor Bears, and Williams will be hard at work.

Emeka Egbuka (weekend visitor) - Multiple reports have stated that the nation’s No. 1 WR is planning on visiting Norman this weekend. For those unaware, Egbuka was originally supposed to be a part of the “Sooner Summit” but had his plans fall through just before. Ohio State has long been considered the leader here, but getting Egbuka on campus and around Caleb Williams bolsters the Sooners’ chances here.

Camar Wheaton - It seems like every week there is a new rumor that the five-star RB could pull the trigger on an announcement, but they remain just that — rumors. The truth is, Wheaton’s recruitment isn’t what many Oklahoma fans are accustomed to. There aren’t many updates and even fewer interviews. In spite of this, it does appear that the Sooners remain at the top of his list. Even more evidence of this is that OU hasn’t made any new offers and isn’t making a major push for names like four-star RB Donovan Edwards. Not betting against Oklahoma here, but hard to say with any confidence when Wheaton plans to announce.

Bryce Foster - The four-star guard has officially set an announcement date for Dec. 8. Both Oklahoma and Texas A&M seem to have separated themselves from the pack with schools like Oregon and Texas further behind.

Remington Strickland - The recent OL offer made the trip to Norman to watch the Bedlam game, and despite not being able to interact with members of the Oklahoma staff, it seemed it went reasonably well. The Sooners were considered the favorite to land Strickland, but a recent offer and trip to Texas A&M has taken away a lot of the confidence many had in the Sooners. Like Foster, this will be one to watch closely heading down the stretch.

Ja’Tavion Sanders - Rumors in the Texas circle are that Sanders is wavering on his commitment to the Longhorns. With his HS teammate Billy Bowman committed to the Sooners, it stands to reason that Oklahoma could make a big push if the five-star pass rusher does back off of Texas.

Jardin Gilbert - Gilbert has set his commitment date for Jan. 2. Oklahoma seems to have moved up in his recruitment with schools like Alabama and LSU potentially having other targets at the safety position.

Tristan Leigh (weekend visitor) - The five-star OT has announced he’ll be joining Emeka Egbuka this weekend in Norman. OU and Williams have made a strong push for Leigh over the past few months, enough so to consider Sooners the favorite to land his signature after LSU was considered a forgone conclusion for such a long period of time.

Savion Byrd (weekend visitor)- The four-star OT has set his decision date for Dec. 16. Oklahoma has been favored here for a while now, however SMU has hung around long enough in his recruitment that there is some quiet confidence in the Mustangs. Wouldn’t say this recruitment is as clear cut as it was a couple months ago, but it would still be tough to bet against Oklahoma.