Wednesday, February 7, 2018, aka National Signing Day was a day full of surprises, colorful commitment videos, and a roller coaster of emotions for fans across the nation. When it was all said and done, OU ranked 9th nationally in its overall recruiting class according to 247Sports Composite. Let’s take a look at OU’s star-studded 2018 class and the immediate impact they can make on OU’s football team.
OU hauled in an impressive load of recruits that included one five-star recruit, twelve four stars, and nine three stars. The class is headlined by early signee Brendan “Bookie” Radley-Hiles, a four-star cornerback out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Radley-Hiles is the 38th overall ranked athlete on ESPN’s top 150. He is also the 5th ranked cornerback in the nation and the 7th ranked cornerback in the state of Florida. “Bookie” has instant-impact potential and is the player with the best opportunity to secure a starting nod. Take a look at his high school highlight reel here and see why he may be too disruptive to keep off the field.
The Sooners also hauled in impressive recruits like five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. At 6’7, 320 pounds, Walker is ranked 29th overall athlete on ESPN’s top 150 and is the 4th ranked offensive tackle in the nation and 1st ranked tackle in the state of Oklahoma.
The Sooners made strides on both sides of the ball and succeeded in bolstering depth up front on both sides of the ball as well. With the addition of top recruits like DaShaun White, Michael Thompson, and Nik Bonitto on the defensive side of the ball and additions of T.J. Pledger, Ronnie Perkins, and Jalen Redmond on offense, the Sooners look to be set for years to come. If head coach Lincoln Riley can create a similar relationship with new starting quarterback Kyler Murray as he did with Baker Mayfield through the previous years, this OU football team will be a force to be reckoned with in the 2018-19 football season.