There had been whispers around Norman all week long. Rumors of incoming commitments had been swirling, and the general feeling around the program was that this weekend could be very big for Bob Stoops. The first domino for that big weekend fell just moments ago, as IMG all-purpose back T.J. Pledger committed to the Sooners. Oklahoma hopes that Pledger will be the next in a very long line of excellent half backs, a line that he’s very well aware of, as he referred to OU as Running Back University.
— TJ Pledger (@uno_tj) March 25, 2017
THE PLEDGER FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Ranking||Star Rating|
|TJ Pledger||Bradentown, FL||RB||2||⭐⭐⭐⭐|
The commitment of Pledger is an absolutely huge one for the Sooners. He’s the 32nd best player in the country, and one of the most electrifying athletes in the country. Pledger, the 5th player to join the ninth ranked 2018 Oklahoma recruiting class, chose the Sooners over Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and UCLA.
Pledger gave a bit of insight on why he chose Oklahoma to 247Sports, saying to following about his future school:
“Great relationship with coaching staff, opportunities to come in and make impact early, top three in the nation in my major”
Pledger is a very different running back than the star backs we’ve seen go through Oklahoma in the past. He’s not a guy like Adrian Peterson, or Demarco Murray, or even Joe Mixon. He’s not the kind of back that will come in and be a workhorse. I don’t expect to see Pledger carry the ball 30 times a game very frequently, and looking at the future a little, the workhorse role will likely fall to Trey Sermon or Kennedy Brooks, two incoming freshman that have the size to carry that load.
Even if he isn’t an every down back, Pledger is an incredible athlete, and one of the most versatile players coming out of high school that I’ve seen. he’s lightning fast, very elusive, and despite his 5-foot-8 frame, very, very good at receiving out of the backfield. He projects out as an H-Back at the next level, a role that he’s pretty much perfect for.
This likely won’t be the only commitment news to come out of Norman this weekend, so be sure to check back in here at LandGrant Gauntlet, we’ll make sure you’re up to date on all the latest recruiting news.