Oklahoma football: Sooners lose out on in-state recruit to Tennessee Volunteers

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Josh Huepel landed his first offensive lineman commitment of the 2025 recruiting cycle after Antoni Ogumoro chose Tennessee on Tuesday evening. The former Oklahoma football All-American quarterback did just that by beating out the Sooners in addition to Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.

The 6-foot, 4-inch, 320-pounder is currently rated as the No. 495 overall prospect and No. 30 interior offensive lineman in the 2025 class and is listed as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports and On3.

Ogumoro played his first couple of seasons at White Oak High School (Jacksonville, North Carolina) before transferring to Elgin High for his upcoming senior season. Oklahoma hosted the new in-state talent during a spring practice session, and he later returned for the Sooners' spring game on April 20.

Sooner offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh made one final push on Tuesday, making the 66-mile trek from Norman to Elgin, Oklahoma. However, the Volunteers made quite an impression on Ogumoro during his May 3 visit. "They went all out. But just the way they treated my family and my brother, that meant a lot to me," said Ogumoro to GoVols247.

Oklahoma is still in good shape up front for the 2025 recruiting cycle, despite missing out on Ogumoro, after gaining commitments from four-tar offensive tackle Ryan Fodje (Cypress, Texas) and three-star Owen Hollenbeck (Melissa, Texas).

However, there are still many questions circling the offensive line for this upcoming season as the Sooners transition into the SEC. But the Sooner fanbase should sleep well at night with a guy like Bedenbaugh in charge of the position group.

After all, Bedenbaugh has coached and developed 12 NFL draft picks including two first-round selections in Anton Harrison (2023) and Tyler Guyton (2024).