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Take Two: Are Sooners building a future national champion?

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley (Associated Press)

Take Two returns with a daily offering tackling a handful of issues in the college football landscape. National Recruiting Analyst Adam Gorney lays out the situation and then receives takes from National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell and a local expert from the network of team sites.

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Theo Wease
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Oklahoma had a historic recruiting run this past weekend, landing commitments from five-star wide receivers Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson again as both standouts had already pledged to the Sooners.

The Big 12 power also secured pledges from four-star defensive back Jamal Morris and three-star defensive tackle Derek Green. On Monday night, it was three-star safety Jarrian Jones pledging to the Sooners.

While the Wease and Henderson commitments are huge to keep Oklahoma’s high-powered offense running with fantastic receivers, it could be the pledges of Morris, Green and other talented defenders that could lead the Sooners to a national title.

Offense has never been the problem in Norman. Stopping national powers has been. Is Oklahoma building a national champion right now, or does it need more defensive stars?

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“It’s huge for Oklahoma, because it not only gives them the top two players in Texas (Henderson and Wease), but the top guys in both Houston and Dallas. With the way the 7-on-7 stuff works in Texas, to have two highly respected guys to show off and carry the flag, so to speak, gives Oklahoma a leg up in maybe pushing others toward a similar choice. As far as whether they will stick, Wease, I feel confident about; Henderson has had a bit of a history of de-commitments so it’s harder to feel like anything can be counted on.

"As far as a national title, wide receiver play hasn’t really been Oklahoma’s shortcoming in recent years – though a big perimeter guy like Wease has been rare around Norman. It may be more about them being able to help recruit other positions where Oklahoma has, too often, struggled through the years.”


“I can’t remember two five-stars re-committing to the same school. That’s very interesting especially with Henderson committing to another school (Oregon) on his way to the re-commitment.

“Defense is going to dictate whether they win the national championship or not. We saw that. They can improve recruiting on the defensive side of the ball. Bringing in high-powered guys like the big three punch they have at wide receiver in Wease, Henderson and Trejan Bridges certainly helps. You get better in practice going against the best on offense and that’s something they can sell to defensive guys.

“It makes them the favorite in the Big 12 continually. Until someone takes that away, you’re not going to pick anybody else to win that conference. National championship is a different story. There’s going to need to be an uptick in defensive recruiting.”