Only two players have announced their commitments for Oklahoma’s 2021 class, but Lincoln Riley already has found his cornerstone.
Sooner fans came to life last Thursday when Riley dropped his eyeballs on Twitter.
The newly minted number one overall player per Rivals, quarterback Brock Vandagriff, chose Oklahoma after attending camp with Riley.
Bob Pryzbylo, Oklahoma football insider with SoonerScoop.com, joined The Franchise throughout the day to talk about Vandagriff’s announcement. Speaking on the Dylan and Todd Show, Pryzbylo explained the importance of having a quarterback commit early in the recruiting cycle.
“The thing with five-star quarterbacks, or quarterbacks who are the face of the class, is they understand the responsibility as soon as they commit,” he said. “They know what is expected of them. It is going to be up to Brock to sort of help recruit this 2021 class.”
Vandagriff continues the trend of Riley attracting elite quarterback talent every other year.
This past year, Riley signed five-star quarterback Spencer Rattler. Rattler also announced his commitment the June before his Junior season, and quickly got to work.
Rattler was the visible leader of the 2019 class, actively working on twitter to pull more talent to the Sooners. He stayed true to Oklahoma throughout the entire process, and in the end brought with him three highly touted wide receivers: Jadon Haselwood, Theo Wease, Trejan Bridges, as well as elite tight end prospect Austin Stogner.
The 2017 class saw the same story.
Despite never playing a down for Oklahoma, four-star quarterback Chris Robison brought help. After also committing in the June before his Junior year (see the trend yet?), Robison helped bring a trio of four-star pass catchers, CeeDee Lamb, Charleston Rambo and Grant Calcaterra.
The haul from Robison’s class proves Vandagriff doesn’t even necessarily have to pan out once he arrives in Norman to leave a legacy with the program.
Pryzbylo noted Sooner fans should not have to worry too much about Vandagriff actually getting to campus either, even though he still has two years left of high school. Vandagriff has indicated his desire to wind down the recruiting process with his commitment and stay faithful to his decision.
“He has even gone as far to say that when he gets to campus, the Transfer Portal is not an option. He’s sticking it out,” he said. “Whatever he needs to do to have things work out.”
Riley has once again stepped into Georgia and pulled a high profile recruit out of SEC country. Starting with Trey Sermon in 2017, and Haselwood last year, the Sooners will hope to continue their string of success in the region.
“You are seeing the Sooners become a legitimate factor in the state of Georgia, which is obviously one of the biggest hotbed factories in high school football, producing top recruits year in and year out,” Pryzbylo said.
Sooner fans can hope the impact of Vandagriff’s commitment will reach the defensive side of the football as well.
“Vandagriff isn’t a defensive recruit, but it shows all the top-tier defensive prospects that the OU offense is not slowing down. If you wanna make a difference defensively, the offense is always gonna be there to hold up its end,” Pryzbylo said. “You add in Vandagriff’s state of Georgia background, and it’ll be a waiting game to see if he can influence some defensive prospects as well.”
Regardless of position or need, this is an enormous coup for Riley and co.
“This would be the first time since Adrian Peterson where the Sooners have been able to lock down the number one overall recruit in any given class,” Pryzbylo said. “Now OU has the face of their 2021 class.”