Oklahoma Football: Sooners' Top Priority on National Signing Day
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For Oklahoma football fans, national signing day will be both a time to celebrate and a time to anxiously await decisions.
The Sooners currently have 21 committed players. Coach Bob Stoops and his staff have filled key position needs, but the offensive line is somewhat lacking in depth. As Feb. 6 approaches, the need for padding in this area will become increasingly urgent.
Two offensive llinemen, Christian Daimler and Josiah St. John, have committed to play for OU. This means (assuming the aforementioned players end up signing with OU), Oklahoma will have 18 total O-linemen on the roster.
However, five of these players are seniors. Assuming nobody leaves early for the NFL, we can expect 13 O-linemen to be on the roster after the upcoming season.
That may seem like plenty of bodies, but 13 players for five spots means an average of fewer than three players at each position. Considering the recurring injury problems OU has suffered with the front five in recent seasons, this is a concern.
With that in mind, the top priority for Oklahoma on signing day is securing at least one more offensive lineman.
Two players who could bolster the Sooners' recruiting class are Josh Outlaw and George Adeosun.
Outlaw is a 3-star prospect from Georgia. According to Rivals, the 6'4", 290-pound guard is also considering Missouri, Texas Tech and TCU, among other schools.
Rivals also notes Outlaw visited Norman Jan. 25 and will visit Texas Tech Friday.
According to Scout, Outlaw has good flexibility and is effective at pulling. Strength and intensity of play are two areas in which he could improve, according to the scouting report.
Regardless of his prospects for playing time, Outlaw would provide valuable depth at either guard or tackle. As we've seen at Oklahoma, the Sooners don't suffer from having a surplus of linemen.
Another potential signee is 6'6" tackle George Adeosun, also from Georgia. According to Rivals, the 3-star prospect visited the OU campus on Jan. 25 and is also considering Virginia, Purdue, William & Mary and Kentucky.
Virginia is the only other campus Adeosun visited, also according to Rivals. It will be interesting to see if he makes a decision prior to signing day or prolongs the drama until next Wednesday.
For OU, the ideal outcome would be to sign both players. If this doesn't happen, even getting one of them would go a long way. The offensive line needs as many players as it can get; we never know how long the starters will remain healthy or even how many players will be available come fall.
One could argue a higher recruiting priority for the Sooners is adding linebackers. Currently, Jordan Evans is the only committed prospect.
However, the Sooners' linebacking corps, although raw, is full of youth. Of the eight linebackers on the current roster, Corey Nelson is the only senior.
Cornerback is another area lagging in recruiting, with 4-star prospect Stanvon Taylor the only commit.
However, OU has added three safeties, and there are currently eight underclassmen defensive backs on the roster. It's probable that there will be shuffling within the secondary. One thing is for sure: there are enough players in the unit.
Feb. 6 should be an intense and exciting spectacle. If the Sooners are lucky, the day will culminate with the signing of four O-line prospects.
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