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Lincoln Riley, Sooners round out National Signing Day with ninth ranked class

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, center, greets players Carson Meier (45), Grant Calcaterra (80) and Mark Andrews (81) after a touchdown against UTEP in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Lincoln Riley, Sooners round out National Signing Day with ninth ranked class

Although Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class was already was already loaded, the Sooners were able to add two four-star players (including a vaunted defensive tackle from St. Louis) and a three-star player on National Signing Day — not be confused with Early Signing Day, which happened around Christmas.

Of course, 19 others had already signed or enrolled with the Sooners. Today was just icing on the cake. And it was good enough rank them ninth in 247Sports’ 2018 recruiting rankings.

Texas is ranked third in the nation. The next closest Big 12 team, TCU, comes in at 25. Oklahoma State ranks 33rd.

Michael Thompson, the aforementioned St. Louis product, spurned his home state Mizzou Tigers for the Sooners. Talented defensive linemen are arguably the toughest players to recruit, so landing Thompson could go a long way to shore up a defense that’s taken a lot of criticism over the past few seasons.

Watch Michael Thompson’s highlights below:

Speaking of defense: among the the other signings today was DaShaun White, an outside linebacker out of Richland Hills, Texas. Lincoln Riley described White as a “big get” and somebody he could see being a captain one day. Riley praised his physicality and his maturity — both of which would be welcome signs to the Sooner defense.

And, to round out a comparatively quiet Signing Day, the Sooners nabbed Brayden Willis, the three-star tight end from Arlington, Texas. The lone tight end in the 2018 class is 6’4″, 220 lbs, which is sure to be an intriguing prospect for Lincoln Riley’s offense. Expect to see Willis used in a versatile way: blocking, route-running, and even splitting out wide are all on the table.


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