Open Post | Wednesday, February 21st

Calvin Anderson: Oklahoma has a chance to be a very dominant on offense, once again, next year.

The Sooners return 3 starters on the line, but would love to add to their experience by bringing in Rice offensive tackle grad transfer, Calvin Anderson. Anderson is a big time talent that would have been drafted in this years draft had he entered.

Anderson has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas, all of which are schools he has visited. He has a set date of commitment for March 25th, but said to expect it “sooner than that.”

When I spoke with Anderson he talked a lot  about Sooners Coach, Bill Bedenbaugh.

One thing that he said stood out to him about Coach Bedenbaugh was his knowledge, “Coach Bedenbaugh really knows this game. We sat down and watched a lot of film and we talked technique, everything, and he really knows what he’s talking about.” Anderson added, “I am in no position to speak on his intelligence because he has been doing this, probably, longer than I have been alive. ”

Anderson went into a little more detail on why Bedenbaugh is considered one of the best offensive line coaches saying, “He’s not just a guy that is going to say this is how we are doing it, this is how we are blocking here, but he is going to look at the defense and see how he can counter what they are doing.”

Lincoln Riley was also someone that impressed Anderson. Anderson liked the fact that Riley did not compare OU to other schools. As a matter of fact, he said he respected the fact Riley told him, “I don’t know what other schools are doing, but I can tell you what we are doing and here is why you’re a fit.” Anderson had dinner at Riley’s on Saturday evening, before heading back to Houston on Sunday.

With Anderson done with his decisions he said it is time to ” decompress” and “pray to God and spend some time with myself really evaluating what the decision I have in front of me.”

Anderson said that it’s a “business decision to where I am looking at the best possible scenario to make as much money, up front, because football isn’t forever.”

Oklahoma did all they could to show Anderson what they had to offer and now it is up to him to make that decision. Anderson is a very savvy young man and really has a process with which he will make the decision.

Anderson said he will likely announce on Twitter “when the time comes” and I expect OU to be a factor in it till the very end after his visit this past weekend. – (Brandon)

– I spoke more extensively to 2019 Cajon HS (San Bernardino, CA) LB Jonathan Perkins. Perkins is looking to return as soon as he can (and hopes by spring game or before) with his family. As previously reported he has Oklahoma ties with family in the OKC area (originally from Tulsa).

Perkins stated that he spent all weekend with TJ Pledger and Bookie and that…

“It was like we were back home in California”.

That, my friends, is how you keep a pipeline going.

Overall thoughts?

“The visit was amazing. Can definitely tell the coaches really care about their players and Coach Riley and Coach Kish kept it really honest.”

Perkins will be back soon. Once we find out when the next visit is expected, we will let you know. – (Brandon)

Garrett Wilson: As you all know by now, 2019 WR, Garrett Wilson (Austin, TX) took his first visit to Oklahoma, this past weekend. Things couldn’t have gone better.

“A place like that is where I want to be”, Wilson Gushed. “That was top notch. That was some of the best stuff I’ve seen facility-wise, coaching-wise…my family loved it”.

Garrett and his family had a chance to spend plenty of time with coach Riley and Riley left them with a very clear impression and message.

“Me and my family came away thinking Riley is a great guy. He gets straight to the point because he’s a straight up man…man message from Lincoln is looking at what he’s done with wide receivers my size…he wasn’t criticizing other programs but just letting me know that some of the other schools have it done it like Oklahoma has”.

As we’ve mentioned before, Garrett already has a relationship with former Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. Wilson plays for Mayfield’s alma mater, Lake Travis and the two have had a chance to throw the ball around. In fact, it was Mayfield that raved to the staff about Wilson.

“To me Baker is just Baker but it’s amazing to have that kind of comfort level with a Heisman trophy winner”. While on the visit, Mayfield spent some time with the Wilson family.

Since this was Wilson’s first trip, it was a visit that would ultimately determine whether Oklahoma would be in the race or not. And it sounds very much like they are in it, “Definitely top three for me”.

Moving Forward

The first question is whether OU did enough to get Wilson back on campus. And the answer to that is a resounding yes, “OU is a one hundred percent lock to get an official”. Wilson says he will return to OU for the Sooners spring game.

While not set in stone, it does sound like Wilson is hoping to have a decision sometime in the early part of summer but he’s actively working through all his offers, “I want to be narrowing things down”. Again, it’s safe to say, whatever his top group is, Oklahoma is in that group.

This past weekend, Garrett attended the Texas jr day. He says he will visit Ohio State on March 23rd. Wilson has also said that he will take an official to Ohio State which will possibly happen close to the summer. – (Super K)

Arjei Henderson: 2019 WR, Arjei Henderson (Richmond, TX) has released his final three. The Sooners, Alabama and Texas A&M have made the cut.

As we previously noted, Arjei is expected to be at the Sooners spring game. We will work to reconfirm that with him. – (Brandon)