Oklahoma Sooners: Football recruiting

Signing day is here

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Signing day is here, and RecruitingNation will have you covered with commitment news to what it means to your favorite team.

Can't get near a TV? Check out our signing day special on WatchESPN from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ET And we'll have three online shows on ESPN3 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Here's a full list of announcements.

Here's how the class rankings stack up heading into the day. Check back regularly, as these will be updated each hour.

Where will the nation's top uncommitted players go? Go the the Hot Board Insider for our experts' predictions.

And if you're stuck in the office but want to follow along, join our signing day chat, which will run from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. ET. We'll have our team of experts checking in throughout the day you keep you updated breaking news.





2015 ESPN 300 release chat

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If you’re looking for the elite football prospects in the Class of 2015, there’s no need to wait until next year, RecruitingNation has you covered.

We unveiled the ESPN 300 player rankings for the rising junior class earlier today, marking the first time we have compiled a top-300 list for underclassmen. There’s still much for fans to digest with the release, so we’ve recruited our scouts and reporters for a Tuesday chat (beginning at 2 p.m. ET) to shed some light on the list and to make sure fans are familiar with this talented cast of stars.

In addition to participating here, you can follow along on Facebook or tweet us your questions using #ESPNJr300.

Sooner Snapshot: WR K.J. Young 

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Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Receiver K.J. Young (Perris, Calif./Citrus Hill) | 6-foot, 183 pounds

Committed: Jan. 13, 2013

Sooner Snapshot: DE D.J. Ward 

February, 3, 2013
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Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Defensive end D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) | 6-foot-3, 225 pounds

Committed: April 14, 2013

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Sooner Snapshot: DT Charles Walker 

February, 2, 2013
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Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Defensive tackle Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland) | 6-foot-4, 280 pounds

Committed: Jan. 12, 2013

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Sooner Snapshot: DB Ahmad Thomas 

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Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Safety Ahmad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Central) | 6-foot-0, 195 pounds

Committed: May 22, 2012

ESPN.com grade: 75

ESPN.com rankings: No. 57 safety, No. 438 in the Southeast region, No. 160 in Florida

Picked OU over: Florida State, Auburn, Notre Dame, West Virginia and others


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Sooner Snapshot: QB Cody Thomas 

January, 31, 2013
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Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Quarterback Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) | 6-foot-5, 220 pounds

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Tom Hauck/ESPN.comOklahoma QB commit Cody Thomas, the No. 178 prospect in the ESPN 300, has at least a year to pick up the Sooners offense.
Committed: May 17, 2012

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Matthew Romar adds depth for Sooners 

January, 30, 2013
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Oklahoma’s continued pursuit of defensive tackle Matthew Romar (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial) is a sign the Sooners are looking to use numbers to make up for past mistakes.

Romar is the fourth defensive tackle the Sooners are looking to add on signing day as OU hopes to beef up its defensive front this fall and in the future. OU brought in three defensive tackles combined in its 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes and enters the 2013 season with sophomore Jordan Phillips as the lone returning defensive tackle with game experience.


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What we've learned from OU's 2013 class 

January, 29, 2013
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NORMAN, Okla. -- This recruiting cycle has been full of intrigue for Oklahoma. Excitement, disappointment and surprise have made the past two months fly by.

Upon taking a step back to take a closer look at the Sooners recruiting class, some interesting storylines emerge. Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve learned from this year’s recruiting class.


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Chatmon's mailbag: Any help on the way? 

September, 7, 2012
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Oklahoma was, um, less than dominant in its 24-7 win over UTEP on Sept. 1. And yet Friday's mailbag is recruiting heavy with questions and answers about the Sooners recruiting along the offensive and defensive lines as well as a couple of basketball inquires. If you have any questions email Brandon Chatmon at bchatmonespn@gmail.com. So without further ado...

ZackD18 (via Twitter) asks: What are the chances the Sooners get some legit OL and DL commits? Maybe the UCLA commits?

Brandon Chatmon: There’s a pretty decent chance the Sooners land defensive tackle Justin Manning (Dallas/Kimball), the younger brother of Demarcus Granger. Manning would be a great get for an OU defense that continues to search for difference makers in its interior.


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Tyler Foreman has two visits set 

September, 5, 2012
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Safety Tyler Foreman (Encino, Calif./Crespi) holds more than one dozen scholarship offers, but Sept. 1 moved the recruiting process to another level for him, as college coaches began to call. Foreman said he heard from California, Oklahoma, UCLA and Utah within the first few days of the month. But the 6-foot-2, 161-pound standout is doing what he can to keep recruiting quiet, as he focuses on his team this season.

“I’m just going to stick with what me and my parents said, and wait until after the season [for recruiting],” Foreman said. “I want to focus on the season because we have a goal and I want to follow that to the end. I’ve told the coaches that’s what I’m going to do.”

Crespi has several bye weeks on their schedule this season, so while Foreman won’t begin narrowing down his final list or think about committing in-season, he will use two of his official visits.

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With football season under way, Fresno (Calif.) Central will receive attention from virtually every college defensive backs coach in the country. The trio of safety Hatari Byrd and cornerbacks L.J. Moore and Johnny Johnson could rival any group at this level.

Oklahoma has already struck at Central, getting a commitment from Byrd. But the cornerbacks said they would like to take their time with the process, and Johnson’s recruitment is becoming clearer.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback said Stanford and UCLA top his list at this point. The Cardinal offered Johnson early in the process and the Bruins have been working hard on all three players.

Johnson added that he's sure of four official visits so far: Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington. He hasn’t set dates yet, but it would be somewhat surprising if he doesn’t accompany his teammates on visits to Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and Oklahoma on Oct. 26.

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Junior college tight end Beau Sandland (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College) is making the most of his first foray into the recruiting process. A non-qualifier out of high school, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound athlete turned in an impressive showing on the recruiting trail this offseason. Beginning in February, Sandland said it felt as though he collected an offer -- and sometimes two -- each day, through the end of spring. Though things have slowed considerably since then with the end of the spring evaluation period and fall camps starting, Monday proved that it isn’t over completely, as Tennessee stepped forward with a scholarship offer.

“It’s been fun,” Sandland said of recruiting. “This is the first time I’ve ever gone through it, so I didn’t fully know what to expect. You hear stories and see the sophomores from last year, but it’s been a really exciting and fun time. It can get a little hectic, but in a good way. It’s been really humbling talking to these schools and having offers from some of the top programs in the nation.”

Several SEC heavyweights extended offers to Sandland, including Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi, though he took opportunities this summer to get a better feel for programs in other conferences. Pac-12 programs Arizona State, California and UCLA received unofficial visits, while Nebraska was the recipient of an official visit. This weekend, Sandland will travel for Oklahoma for his second official visit.

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Cornerback L.J. Moore (Fresno, Calif./Central East) took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his top group of schools. Though he announced it as a top five, he couldn't cut out a sixth school, so the final two are tied for fifth.

He listed, in order, Notre Dame, UCLA, California, Oregon State and a tie between Arizona State and Washington.

"Notre Dame is a great, prestigious program and Coach [Mike] Denbrock and I have a great relationship," Moore said via text message about why the Irish are out front. "They said I will have a chance to compete for a starting spot as soon as I get there."

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OT Kenny Lacy sets official visits 

July, 12, 2012
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While many of the nation's recruits are making verbal commitments this summer, three-star offensive tackle Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe) is content to take his time.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound lineman is down to a final seven schools, but will likely wait until after he takes all five of his official visits to make a commitment.

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