Following the loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl, the spotlight quickly shifts back to recruiting. Two high school All-American games — the Under Armour All-America Game and the Army All-American Bowl — will be played this coming week and will feature both signees and remaining targets.
First comes the Under Armour game, which takes place Thursday evening and will showcase the talents of Theo Wease, Jeremiah Criddell, Joseph Weté, Jaden Davis and Jamal Morris. SB Nation’s Bud Elliott is already down in Orlando, and you can check out his updates here.
Sunday, Dec. 30: Practice Session #1 (5:30-7:15 p.m. CT)
Monday, Dec. 31: Practice Session #2 (9-11:15 a.m. CT, airs on ESPNU at 3 p.m. CT)
Tuesday, Jan. 1: Practice Session #3 (9-11:15 a.m. CT, airs on ESPNU at 3 p.m. CT)
American Family Insurance Skills Challenge (1-3 p.m. CT, airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. on Jan. 2)
Wednesday, Jan. 2: Practice Session #4 (9-10:30 a.m. CT)
Thursday, Jan. 3: Under Armour All-America Game (5 p.m. CT at Camping World Stadium, live on ESPN2)
The spotlight will be shining bright on Army All-American Jadon Haselwood’s Saturday announcement, but Wease is equally capable of being an immediate superstar for the Oklahoma Sooners. At 6’3”, he’s an adept jump-ball receiver who also has the route-running ability of a much smaller target. Look out, Big 12.
On Friday, he told Elliott that OU will “have the best receiver recruit class ever” when all is said and done, as he was quite confident in Haselwood announcing for the Sooners. OU also has a signature from elite WR Trejan Bridges, who will be competing in Saturday’s Army AA Bowl.
Weté has sort of flown under the radar relative to a lot of OU’s signees. In reality, he’s one of the most vital pieces of what ultimately became an impressive defensive class for the Sooners. Oklahoma needed to sign sign someone capable of becoming a disruptive edge rusher, and he certainly fits the bill. As far as that’s concerned, OU is also in a great position with edge rusher David Ugwoegbu, who will be competing in the Army AA Bowl alongside some OU signees this coming Saturday.
OU’s signing of Criddell was one of the better 11th-hour recruiting moments we’ve seen around these parts in quite some time. No only did the Sooners get a versatile and physical player who is capable of contributing immediately, but we also got to see him give the horns down on national television.
Davis picked the Sooners over a number of big-time regional recruiting forces, proving yet again that Oklahoma’s brand can help win a battle in pretty much every corner of the nation. He’s someone who could become a valuable contributor at either corner and nickel depending on Oklahoma’s future defensive scheme and where they end up seeing a fit.
Regardless, this guy is simply a playmaker when the ball is headed his direction, and he frequently demonstrated that ability at The Opening Finals last spring.
Morris committed to the Sooners during the weekend of the Spring Game and went on to have a phenomenal senior season. One of the common traits of the defensive backs in OU’s 2019 class is physicality, and Morris might be the leader of the pack in that regard.
One Oklahoma target remains in this game, and that’s St. Louis (MO) Trinity Catholic LB Shammond Cooper. He’s been on OU’s radar for a long time, but whether or not he’s a take remains to be seen. Oklahoma has 22 signees already, and Haselwood, Ugwoegbu and three-star OT Danielson Ike seem to be the most likely candidates for the remaining spots.