On Saturday, Erik Swenson, the No. 29 offensive tackle in the 2016 class, announced he will play football next season for the Oklahoma Sooners.
The 6'7", 285-pound Downers Grove, Illinois, native is the fifth-best prospect in his state, per 247Sports. He originally committed to the Michigan Wolverines in 2013 but claimed the school pulled his scholarship offer in January without giving a reason, per Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.
Based on a quote provided by Brandon Justice of MaizeNBrew.com, Swenson seems to be at ease with his decision to attend Oklahoma:
The Sooners moved into the top 25 of 247Sports' team rankings and now have eight 3- and 4-star commitments. Here are some highlights from Swenson's junior season, when he averaged 17.5 pancake blocks per game and yielded zero sacks, per Hudl.com:
Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is looking forward to having Swenson on the roster:
Excited to add another one to OlineU! 630 #OUDNA— Bill Bedenbaugh (@OU_CoachB) January 31, 2016
Swenson should have an opportunity to fight for playing time early. The Sooners offensive line was a mess at the start of last year, using a different starting five in each of the first four games of the season, per Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World. After a loss to the Texas Longhorns, head coach Bob Stoops found a lineup that worked, which included two freshmen: Orlando Brown and Dru Samia.
The Sooners lost center Ty Darlington and guard Nila Kasitati to graduation, though, so there will be another shake-up next year.
Based on recent performance and high recruiting rankings this year, the Sooners and Wolverines should both be successful in the near future. If they happen to meet in a bowl game or the College Football Playoff over the next three or four years, Swenson will have a great opportunity to show Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh what he missed.
All rankings per 247Sports unless otherwise noted.