– Dax Hill: The best high school defensive back that I’ve seen anywhere in the 2019 class is Dax Hill (Tulsa, OK). Hill’s brother, as you all know, is OSU running back, Justice Hill. Hill’s parents also attended Oklahoma State. I’ve generally maintained that the Sooners were fighting an impossible battle. Those connections to the Pokes seem too strong which is too bad for the Sooners. Hill is special.
However, last week, I spoke to a source close to Hill, who said, “He has said he might shock a few people. They (OU) can get him. Yeah, his dad went to Oklahoma State, but he (his dad) doesn’t care like that. His dad is just so grateful that he’s (Dax) is blessed with offers. Here’s a guy with two talented sons but you’d never even know it. He’s so humble.”
I had a lengthy conversation with the source about Hill and, at least according to this source, if OU recruits Hill hard…they have a chance. Again, those of you who have seen my comment on Hill before will recall that I didn’t think the Sooners had much of a chance. But I may have been mistaken. (Super K)
– Deontay Anderson: Things are changing quickly here, so I will give you a rundown on how things have progressed with Deontay Anderson.
First, Deontay was asked to walk-on by OU and was seriously considering that option over a scholarship to other schools. As a matter of fact, he said that after the early signing period he would make the move and walk-on for the first semester and see how it worked out.
Anderson has confidence in his game so much so that he said, “It doesn’t matter if I’m a walk-on or on scholarship. I know I can ball and show them what I’ve got.”
Let me remind you that Anderson was an SEC All Freshman defender in 2016 before he redshirted last season.
Then, the next bit of news. Apparently, Oklahoma DB coach Kerry Cooks got in contact with Anderson with news that Oklahoma may offer Anderson a scholarship pending Riley’s approval.
I spoke with Anderson last week and asked him if he would commit on the spot. Anderson didn’t hesitate, saying, “You’re damn right I will!” Anderson added that things are working in his favor, in regards to eligibility, and that he should know by January if he can play immediately. He feels good enough that he told me, “I’m not worried about it because my lawyer is on top of it one hundred percent.”
Earlier this week, I spoke with Anderson and it sounds like news should drop this coming week and OU will be the landing spot one way or another. Anderson told me, “They are looking at ways I could possibly be put towards 2018 class. ” How? I’m not sure. But unless things drastically change, Anderson should be a Sooner come spring ball. – (Brandon)
– Jordan Whittington: (Cuero, TX) is one of the top 2019 ATH in Texas and perhaps the country. He’s being recruited to play on both sides of the ball. Whittington nearly made a commitment this past fall, but pulled back in order to reevaluate. He released a new list of tops schools. I recently spoke to him about each of those schools.
— Jordan Whittington (@J_Whitt3) December 10, 2017
Still need to revisit a few schools before I make the decision…
Florida: The Gators have a new staff but Whittington has familiarity with the new staff and has been to Gainseville on numerous occasion, “I loved the receivers coach and had visited campus three times. I like the way they use their offensive weapons. I’ve been talking to Dan Mullen and I think their staff is going to do a good job. I also have family ties to Florida.”
Ohio State: “I love their offense. I see a lot of great receivers coming out of there. They might get Grant Tisdale and that would be big. And I know JK Dobbins and he recruits me to there”. Whittington has yet to visit Ohio State but says he plans to before making a decision.
UCLA: Of all the schools that are outside this region (TX/OK/LA), UCLA sounds like the biggest threat, “My mom’s side of the family is from California. My sister just moved back to California. They’ve got a good quarterback and I saw what coach Kelly did at Oregon. It’s the best campus I’ve been to.”
My read is that the three regional schools will have the best shot.
TAMU: “My brother went there so my mom likes Texas A&M. That was my favorite school for a time. I’ve been to like fifteen visits there. I’ve been through the tour five times. I know that place inside and out. And that’s the only school my mom knows a lot about. I’ve already met Fisher. He’s a cool dude.”
Texas: Had Whittington made his announcement when he originally planned, Texas would’ve been hard to beat. While Texas A&M may have been a favorite of Whittington’s for a time, Texas was his childhood dream school. But Whittington needs to more from Texas’ offense, “They’re still one of my top schools but I’m still looking at what’s going to happen with the offense. I love the tradition and the campus. I like Tom Herman. Just waiting for the offense to have this spark.”
Whittington says he will likely make it to Texas’ Junior day.
OU: Oklahoma wasn’t even on Whittington’s original list of top schools. But a visit during the season changed that. “At first, I wasn’t a fan at all of Oklahoma but it turned out to be the total opposite of what I expected. The campus was live. The fans were live. The game was live. I thought the campus would be old and the fans would all be old people. The vibe was definitely one of the best I’ve been to. I love Riley. Probably the best OC I’ve ever watched. And of course they’ve got Spencer Rattler coming in for my class so that’s a selling point for me”.
Whittington tells me he also plans to attend the OU Junior day.
Decision Timeline: In terms of a decision timeline Whittington said, “Would like to make a decision by February but I’m not going to rush it if I don’t feel certain”. – (Super K)
– Jeremiah Martin: Before Christmas, some had asked about where things stand with Sooners 2018 OLB/DE target, Jeremiah Martin (San Bernadino, CA). Martin visited the Sooners this past fall and, based on what he’s told us, OU and Texas A&M are his two top schools.
There isn’t a ton to report at the moment. I checked with Martin and he said that he will not make a decision until after he’s taken all his visits. He has two remaining visits which he will take in January. Martin says he will visit Washington and Utah. And yes, OU still has a spot for him. – (Super K)