Oklahoma football: Top summer storylines for OU

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While some might think Oklahoma football is currently in its summer lull that comes after spring ball and the draft, but before the start of fall camp, there’s still plenty of fun storylines for fans to keep up with while they count down the days to the fist kickoff (116 days as of this post’s publication, but who’s counting, right?).

The Sooners have plenty to do between now and their Sept. 1 with several key storylines taking shape over the summer. Here’s a list of things to keep an eye on as we enter the dog days in the middle of the year.

Defensive recruiting

It’s never really the offseason when it comes to college football recruiting, especially at a place like Oklahoma.

Oklahoma football currently ranks No. 14 in the country (No. 1 in the Big 12) in the Rivals 2020 class rankings, but with only around a third of their class committed, there’s clearly plenty of work to do for Lincoln Riley and his staff. The summer has been a big time for Oklahoma in the past with several top camps and seven on seven tournaments offering opportunities for contact with elite athletes and Sooner fans should expect more of that this year.

We’ve started to get a look at Alex Grinch’s vision for his future secondary with the commitments of Dontae Manning and Ryan Watts in recent weeks, but we have yet to see a linebacker or defensive lineman pledge to the Sooners out of this class. Expect Grinch, Roy Manning, Brian Odom and Calvin Thibedeaux to be making house calls and visiting plenty of schools and camps this summer in an effort to start building the kind of personnel Grinch needs to make this defense successful for the future.

Defensive ends like Princley Umanmielen, Blayne Toll and Jay Hardy are all high on the Sooners’ wish list. At defensive tackle the Sooners would love to get a commit from Alex Huntley, Branard Wright and Perrion Winfrey.

Linebackers Mohmed Kaba, Jordan Banks, Damian Sellers and Sav’ell Smalls are all getting lots of attention from Brian Odom and the rest of the staff.

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