Oklahoma football: BOOM! Three-Star DE Taylor Wein commits to the Sooners

Wow! Oklahoma football got their win against Oklahoma State in Bedlam, but more importantly, the Sooners are back on a roll in the recruiting game. Taylor Wein is the second of two commitments in as many days for the Sooners and the fast-rising senior brings the length and athleticism Oklahoma lost when Colton Vasek chose to de-commit and stay home in Austin. Wein is currently a three-star prospect though he will likely be a four-star by the end of the cycle. I asked Mike Farrell his thoughts on Wein, and while he felt Wein is a three-star prospect to him, he concurs that Wein who has gotten several power five offers the last two weeks will likely end up as a four-star before the cycle closes.

Who is Taylor Wein?

Taylor is a three-star prospect from Nolensville, Tennessee. He comes in at 6-foot 5-inches tall and 235 pounds according to his recruiting profile. Since November 9th, nine power five programs have offered Wein from USC, Ole Miss to Oklahoma, and Cincinnati. Oklahoma and Virginia Tech were the first to extend said offer from the ranks of the power five. Wein has been a dominant player in Tennessee and is a big reason why Nolensville had an undefeated regular season and made it to the playoffs.

Scouting and Impact for Oklahoma

Taylor Wein fits the same athletic profile as Colton Vasek, and that’s what makes him such an intriguing prospect, as you typically do not find lengthy quick-twitch athletes so under the radar this late in the cycle. Wein is a nuisance, he is athletic and finds himself often in the backfield of the opposition. He uses his long frame, to bend and get around tackles to create havoc. In the run game, he sets a nice edge, gets off blocks, and finishes. If they run away from him, he shows nice instincts and chase down speed from the backside. For Oklahoma, his addition gives a quality playmaker who impact quickly. He will need to add a bit more weight onto his frame, but seeing as R Mason Thomas has been given the green light to play at a lighter weight it is not inconceivable that we could see Wein right away in 2023.