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OU Signs 22 on First Day of Early Period

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced the signing of 22 members of his second recruiting class Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period.

Of the 22 signees, three are ranked as five-star prospects on a five-star scale by recruiting sites 247Sports, ESPN or Rivals, while 15 have earned four-star designation from at least one of those outlets. The other three are consensus three-star recruits. The early signing period lasts through Friday, while the regular signing period runs from Feb. 6 through April 1.

“I’m really excited about the class; it’s been a long time coming,” said Riley, whose Sooners are ranked No. 4 and will play No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 9 in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. “Some of these great players from across the country have stuck with us for a long time. And there’s been a great unselfishness about this class. They’re great players who want to accomplish individual things, but they’re coming here with the team in mind and a having a chance to win championships. They’ve recruited themselves and they’ve shown great energy and great passion for Oklahoma. This is a tremendous group of guys.”

Nineteen of the 22 signees are high schoolers and the other three are attending junior college. Wednesday’s signees hail from 10 states as well as Washington, D.C., and represent eight position groups.

The state of Texas produced the most OU signees on Wednesday with nine, while Oklahoma, California and Florida each produced two. The Sooners also signed one player each from Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.

Asked during his signing day press conference Wednesday how many more players OU will sign, Riley answered, “We’ve got a few more still out there. We’ll have a few more surprises for everybody.”

As of 7 p.m. CT Wednesday, OU’s class ranked No. 6 nationally by Rivals and 247Sports, and No. 8 by ESPN. It is the highest-ranked Big 12 group by all three outlets.

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