After a terrible month of April for Oklahoma, the Sooners are starting to get back on track. They’ve landed two defensive backs in the last two weeks, with Miguel Edwards committing at the end of April, and now the long-awaited commitment of Starrland Baldwin becoming official. Baldwin is the 7th commitment in Oklahoma’s 2018 class, and the 4th defensive back, along with the aforementioned Edwards, Patrick Fields, and Jordon Austin. Oklahoma came into this cycle knowing that they had a need in the defensive backfield, and I doubt they’ll be satisfied with four commitments.
The Journey Starts Now !! pic.twitter.com/D0qvlYPamF
— Starrland Baldwin Jr (@BaamBfam) May 12, 2017
THE BALDWIN FILE
Baldwin was a longtime Oklahoma lean, though there were whispers for a little while that he could end up elsewhere. He committed to Oklahoma over offers from Oklahoma State, TCU, Utah, West Virginia, Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa State, Kansas. His recruitment has slowed significantly since last year, but it picked up again a little last month, and should continue to do so over the summer camp circuit.
Baldwin had an excellent performance at The Opening regional in Houston, and that performance is a big reason for the timing of this commitment. Oklahoma defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks was in attendance for this performance, and I think that his showing there was enough to convince Oklahoma that he was good enough to be a Sooner. Baldwin comes from the same high school as Sooner defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin, so that certainly didn’t hurt either in this recruitment, on both sides.
On the field, Baldwin is a prototypical slot corner, with the potential to move outside. Despite his lack of size, he’s a very physical corner, though his greatest asset is absolutely his speed. He can keep up with any receiver, and knows how to use his hands better than most high school corners. He could use some teaching on footwork and tackling, but his coverage skills could launch him into a starting role very early in his Oklahoma career. His ceiling comparison is former TCU star Jason Verrett.