– Ayodele Adeoye: Texas LB commit, Ayodele Adeoye (IMG Academy) took his official visit to Texas this past weekend. When I spoke with Ayodele before his visit he seemed to be torn between Texas and Oklahoma. Working in Texas’ favor is Todd Orlando’s defense and the fact that, with the imminent departure of Malik Jefferson, there will be an open linebacker spot. Working in Oklahoma’s favor is on-field success and Ayodele’s connection with coach Lincoln Riley.
I checked with Ayodele after the visit and he tells me he is no longer torn. According to Ayodele he is now solid to Texas.
Having said that, Brandon tells me that Lincoln Riley will do a in-home visit with Ayodele on Wednesday.
Another key note, I am also told that Texas made a strong impression on Ayodele’s mother who, prior to the visit, seemed to be in Oklahoma’s corner.
This Wednesday with Riley will be critical for both programs but as of now, signs point towards Texas. – (Super K)
– Abdul-Malik McClain: As Brandon had previously noted, the Sooners did indeed do a in-home visit with Abdul Malik McClain on Monday night. You’ll notice that in pictures with other staffs McClain isn’t wearing the schools gear. But for the Sooners…
— Abdul-Malik McClain (@malikmcclain8_) December 12, 2017
We caught up with McClain’s mother and it sounds like the Washington to visit that was scheduled for last weekend was pushed to this upcoming weekend. She also tells us that the family is still deciding on whether they’ll sign on the 20th or wait until February. McClain did not end up visiting Ohio State as he originally planned. Much of the discussion about whether Malik should sign or not seems to be centered around whether they want to take the additional official visits. McClain’s mother has mentioned schools like Ohio State, Georgia Tech (the family is originally from Georgia) and of course UCLA.
Sources on the OU side feel very good about where they stand. As I previously mentioned OU would actually prefer to add two pass rushers and forgo taking an extra DB (not counting Bookie). So, the hesitation in pushing for additional DBs appears to be connected to their feeling on where they sit with McClain. – (Super K)
– As we reported Monday, the Sooners stopped by to see 2018 Mater Dei (CA) LB Solomon Tuliaupupu. From all accounts, the visit went well and OU is expected have Solomon in for an official visit in January. I am checking with his coach for more info that I can hopefully pass along at a later time.
– Speaking of LB recruiting, the Sooners were supposed to host JUCO LB Bryant Pirtle Jr. on an official visit this weekend. That visit is somewhat in flux right now. This is not due to a lack of interest from Pirtle, but because of a transcript hiccup. Pirtle started JUCO career at East Mississippi (Last Chance U) before transferring to Yuma out in Arizona. Numerous staffs have attempted to get a transcript from EMCC with no luck as of yet. Oklahoma may have to move on here, but we will know more after the weekend.
– Sooners 2018 WR commit Jaquayln Crawford has been heavily pursued by the new Arkansas staff. Crawford was close with the staff while they were at SMU and even had them in his top 3 before committing to Oklahoma. Yesterday, Sooners WR coach Dennis Simmons had an in-home with Crawford. A source told TFB that Crawford let OU know that Arkansas was doing an in-home last night, but told OU “there is nothing to worry about. I am a Sooner.”
Crawford is expected to sign on December 20th.
– One would think that Oklahoma would also go see Jermeiah Martin while out in California, but Oklahoma will hold off until early January because Martin’s mother wants him to take all of his visits and wait to sign in February. Oklahoma seems to still be in the top two for Martin, but Oklahoma is also recruiting others there that could sign on the early signing period in December.
– Lastly, Oklahoma stopped by to see 2019 WR commit Trejan Bridges today. Bridges is about as solid as they come with Oklahoma and is one of the more vocal recruiters on Twitter. – (Brandon)
– Bookie: Spoke with a source close to Bookie and here is what I was told:
*”Very high chance” that the Sooners will be able to land him in the end. However…
*Am told, “Clemson is a factor. And don’t sleep on Utah. His big brother went there and was a monster running back. His brother goes everywhere with Bookie”.
*Source said UCLA is a harder read right now because of the departure of Demetrice Martin.
Again, still like OU here but it sounds like they’re still having to fight off Clemson and Utah. UCLA appears to be less of a factor.
I know it isn’t much but Bookie is a tough one to get information from. – (Super K)
– Tank Jenkins: I don’t know how many times 2018 OL Tank Jenkins (Montgomery, AL) was scheduled to visit OU and something prevented it from happening. It started to look like it was never going to happen. One thing is clear though, the Sooners want Jenkins. Coach Bedenbaugh visited the big man this past weekend…
— Tank Jenkins (@_MJ70_) December 11, 2017
It looks like that visit to OU may finally happen. Jenkins tells me that he will take a official visit to Oklahoma this upcoming weekend (this was as of Monday so we will try to reconfirm).
If it does happen, keep an eye out for a Boom. Jenkins tells me that the in-home with coach Bedenbaugh went very well.
I did check with a SEC source and was told that Auburn does not appear to be pushing for Jenkins. Last time a SEC school made that mistake, OU got themselves a first round OT. Bedenbaugh knows what he wants and he can coach them up…plus who doesn’t want a interior linemen nick-named “Tank”? – (Super K)