It took all of 17 days for Lincoln Riley to make a splash in the college football world. The battles he has won on the recruiting trail are no small task, garnering national attention back to Oklahoma after Bob Stoops’ retirement. Two weeks ago, it started with Ron Tatum flipping from Texas to Oklahoma. Then, former Oklahoma Preps offensive linemen and current JUCO prospect Tramonda Moore pulled the trigger the instant he got an offer. That momentum has not slowed down one bit as “Riley’s Reign” continues to make an enormous impact on the recruiting trail.
Stogner Shuns National Blue Bloods For Oklahoma
Not many early commitments get fans excited. However, that is exactly what Austin Stogner did. The top 2019 FLEX receiver decided to make a splash on Friday morning by committing to Oklahoma over the likes of Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State:
— Austin Stogner (@austin_stogner) June 23, 2017
His talents are undeniable, but Stogner’s commitment means more than just his talents on the football field. When Alabama, Michigan, Florida State, and Ohio State come calling, not many turn them down–not even in Texas. Lincoln Riley was able to fend off the other blue bloods in college football and kept a North Texas kid from leaving the region. This was something Bob Stoops struggled doing at the end of his tenure. Jeffery Okudah, Baron Browning, and even current recruit, Josh Proctor, have all shown that the idea of Oklahoma and Texas kids playing in their state schools is old-news. That pattern is starting to change, and change quick with Lincoln Riley, and even Tom Herman, locking down their recruiting borders.
So not only is Austin Stogner the perfect fit as a FLEX receiver in Lincoln Riley’s offense, his commitment means more to the future of the recruiting landscape in this region as Riley continues to spread his wings and grow his home recruiting base. If Riley can lockdown the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Oklahoma will be able to keep the heavy suitors in college football out of a fertile recruiting ground.
Kundarrius Taylor Makes Sudden Decision With Spots Filling Up
One of the unexpected announcements of this summer comes from Memphis, Tennessee wide receiver Kundarrius Taylor. The 2018 prospect was expected to announce his college decision on his senior night this football season. With spots filling up in the 2018 wide receiver class, Taylor went ahead and announced his decision early to commit to Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma:
— Kundarrius Taylor🎈 (@KingKt___) June 23, 2017
Now, Taylor’s recruiting ranking may make some Oklahoma fans raise their eyebrows a tad. The current three-star prospect has not seen that bump in rankings like some expect guys to take. What people need to remember is that a recruit must hit the summer camp scene to see their rankings rise as they would be evaluated better and more often. Taylor did not attend those camps as frequently as other national recruits, hence his ranking suffering from that.
Oklahoma was impressed enough with the Memphis prospect that they offered before he even had a ranking back in January. Kentucky was his only other offer at the time, too. A source on the Oklahoma side of things said that Taylor was a “high priority” for Dennis Simmons and Lincoln Riley. From his HUDL film, you can see why.
Nevertheless, Lincoln Riley was able to get a commitment from a recruit they had high on their board. The momentum continues and Oklahoma was able to reach into uncharted territories in Tennessee to get their last recruiting win.
Just when you think it is over, it is not. Expect some more “👀” as early as tonight and into the week from Lincoln Riley and his staff.