Recruiting Round-Up 7/25
In today's edition of recruiting round-up, we look at the incredible month that the Oklahoma Sooners have enjoyed on the recruiting trail. The Sooners aren't finished either, and the way this OU staff closed the 2022 cycle from a mid-20s position to a top eight class, then a top five transfer class in just weeks is hard to ignore. Riley is an excellent recruiter, but Oklahoma is simply recruiting at a clip that far exceeds Riley's best and Venables is just getting started as a head coach. Part of this has to do with the staff, Oklahoma has a more elite staff than the one Riley put together in Norman. In fact, since Brent Venables took the OU job, he has had the same number of west coast blue chip players commit to his program, as Lincoln Riley has at USC. That says it all.
Four-Star CB Jasiah Wagoner Commits to Oklahoma
Wagoner is a 6' 170 pounds CB from Spanaway, Washington. He committed to Oklahoma over rival Texas, Oregon, Cal among others. Fluid athlete who played both offense and defense for Spanaway, and returned kicks as well. He is an explosive athlete with the ball in his hands and helped Spanaway make it to the 3A Washington state playoffs the last couple of years. He should have a good career at OU, but will likely need to redshirt as a freshman. He is speedy and physical, helps in the run game, and confirmed sub 4.5 speed.
Four-Star IOL Micah Banuelos Commits to USC
USC got a big commit today in Micah Banuelos, who is a 6'3 290-pound interior lineman from Burien, WA. He chose USC over the likes of Oregon and Texas A&M among others. He competed in the Polynesian bowl. And played both DT, and LT for his high school his senior year. He is a strong young man, a good anchor, and was hard to move in the middle of the defense as well.
Four-Star RB Javin Simpkins Commits to Georgia Tech
Javin Simpkins is a 5'9 183 pound RB from Miami, FL. Simpkins is a good athlete with a low center of gravity. Quick, and evasive. Has a nice spin move, and can bring a dynamic as a pass catcher. Tough to take down on first contact but will need to add weight before handling significant carries in college. Maybe a 3rd down type of back or a change of pace, but will see the field. Will need to improve as a pass protector. Has dynamic, stop and start skills.
That is it for today's edition of Recruiting Round-Up. Brent Venables is pushing Oklahoma into a new era as they had to the SEC.