Oklahoma football: This is going to be big week as Sooners' 2025 class continues to grow

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This way be a slow time for Oklahoma football news and activity, but it is one of the busier times for recruiting and filling the talent pipeline for the future.

Head coach Brent Venables and his staff are expecting two big announcements this week, and the first came through on Tuesday morning with a 2025 commitment from highly regarded, in-state cornerback Trystan Haynes.

Haynes is a blue-chip prospect from the state of Oklahoma and another example of the heavy push by the Sooners to go after and land the best players in the state and keep them at home. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 175-pound cornerback is the third prospect from football powerhouse Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City and the fourth in the past two classes.

Haynes joins fellow Carl Albert teammates and athletes Trynae Washington and Marcus James in OU's growing 2025 class. RB Xavier Robinson, a member of OU's 2024 class, also is from Carl Albert. All four are ranked in the top-10 in the Sooner State.

Oklahoma beat out Notre Dame, Texas A&M and Miami (Florida) for Haynes' commitment. The Sooners' 2025 class, which is now at 15 commitments, includes four defensive backs and seven defensive players overall. Ten of the 15 commitments are from blue-chip prospects (rated four-star or higher).

And the Sooners may not be done landing 2025 cornerbacks with a commitment announcement anticipated from four-star prospect Cobey Sellers on Saturday (May 11). Again, Oklahoma is competing with Texas A&M for Sellers' services. The 6-foot, 175-pound CB prospect from Pearland, Texas, has the Sooners, Aggies and Texas in his final three schools.

Two months ago there were six schools Sellers was considering, but Georgia, Oregon and LSU were eliminated from the mix, according to Sooner Wire's Bryant Crews.

Oklahoma has been recruiting Sellers for well over a year (since February 2023) and is in good position to earn his commitment with multiple recruiting analyst predictions favoring the Sooners.

Venables and Company have done an excellent job of reeling in top-10 recruiting classes and structuring those classes for the Sooners' talent needs and depth when the school joins the SEC beginning this fall. The defensive additions and the quality level of the recruits Oklahoma is bringing in is most noticeable, but the Sooners are doing so without sacrificing top offensive talent as well.

At this time a year ago, as part of the 2024 recruiting cycle had four, maybe five hard commitments. That number has tripled this time in the 2025 cycle.

The Sooners' 2025 class ranks No. 4 currently, according to both Rivals and 247Sports, trailing only Notre Dame, Ohio State and LSU.