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John E. Hoover: Sooners add one on National Signing Day

John E. Hoover: Sooners add one on National Signing Day
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley hoists the Big 12 Conference championship trophy after beating Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

National Signing Day in February isn’t what it once was. Thank the early signing period in December for that.

Still, Oklahoma and coach Lincoln Riley were happy about the arrival of Wednesday’s signings.

Make that signing.

David Ogwoegbu was the only new name to add to the 2019 rookie class, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end/tight end from Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas.

“We’re very happy to add David to this historic OU class,” Riley said in an OU press release. “It’s a class that a lot of people worked really hard to put together and I think this is going to be a championship group that will help us continue to tackle all of the goals that we have here as a program.”

Riley clarified the plan for Ogwoegbu at OU.

“David will play outside linebacker for us to start,” Riley said. “We’re excited about him. We targeted him pretty early in the recruiting process. He has exceptional length and athleticism that is difficult to coach. You just see his burst on film, which is rare for a guy with his kind of length. He’s been a great kid to recruit and has the kind of frame that we’re looking to add defensively. We think he fits in well with what coach (Alex) Grinch wants to get done.”

The Sooners signed 13 players for Grinch’s new defense and 11 for Riley’s offense.

Ogwoegbu was a four-star prospect and a three-star as rated 247Sports and ESPN.

Earlier Wednesday, Riley discussed with 247Sports his excitement about the incoming class making immediate contributions.

“They’re certainly talented to come in and make a difference,” Riley said. “We had five players alone just on offense declare early for the NFL Draft in addition to our seniors. There are certainly going to be opportunities for those guys. I think they saw that. I think that was a big reason why they saw Oklahoma as such a great opportunity. They’re going to have to come in and compete. We’ve got other good players. That’s the culture here. It doesn’t really matter to us what you’ve done in the previous years. … They’re certainly talented freshmen but they’re going to have to show maturity and work ethic and toughness that we require from players.”


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at

John Hoover

John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he was co-host of "Further Review" and "The Franchise Drive." Now he's The Franchise college football insider: Oklahoma's state Heisman rep, a voter in the FWAA Super 16 poll, an FWAA media access liaison, and a Big 12 writer at Sporting News and Lindy's preseason magazine. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist and won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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