Newly appointed Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley said very shortly after being named the Sooners’ head coach earlier this month that recruiting has always been a high priority to him and he enjoys doing it.
And he is backing up those words with plenty of action.
At the time of Bob Stoops retirement announcement, Oklahoma had eight verbal commitments for the 2018 recruiting class. That number has grown to 14 under Riley.
Three days ago, we reported in this space that the Sooner 2018 class was at 11 and that Rivals.com had Oklahoma at No. 13 in the team recruiting rankings for the season after next.
In the last three days alone, the Sooners have earned commitments from three separate wide receivers. Two are from Texas (Treveon Johnson and Jaylon Robinson) and the other from Memphis, Tenn. (Kundarrius Taylor).
With the additions of the three new wide receivers to the class of 2018, Oklahoma has moved up to No. 7 in the current recruiting rankings, according to Rivals.com.
Robinson is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, and Johnson and Taylor are both three stars.
Both Robinson and Johnson were previously committed to Texas Tech. Robinson decommitted from Tech two days after receiving a scholarship offer from Oklahoma.
“OU has been my dream school for a while growing up,” Robinson told Rivals.com recruiting analyst Nick Krueger. “That was an opportunity I didn’t want to give up. “They (OU) have unbelievable equipment — the facilities amazed me. I think it will be a nice place to get me where I need to be.”
The 14 commitments to the Sooners’ 2018 recruiting class currently consist of eight players on offense and six on defense. Among the offensive players are three wide receivers, two running backs, a quarterback and an offensive lineman. The commitments on defense include four defensive backs, a defensive tackle and a defensive end.
Since Riley took over as head coach, Oklahoma has added five commitments on offense and one on the defensive side.