Every year, Oklahoma puts on their “Champion Barbecue”, and invites a bunch of their recruiting targets. This is a pretty common strategy in college football, and while some programs do it in the form of a camp rather than a cookout, the overall goal is the same for all these events: drum up hype, get the recruits together, and land commitments. At Oklahoma’s event tonight, they accomplished all three goals, as the Sooners picked up commitments from 2018 defensive end Jalen Redmond, 2019 receiver Jeffery Carter, and 2020 running back Jase McClellon.
— J-Eazy (@jalen_redmond) July 30, 2017
THE REDMOND FILE
Redmond is the 16th recruit in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, and the third defensive lineman, along with fellow end Ron Tautm, and defensive tackle Jordan Kelley. Redmond is the sixth Oklahoma recruit in the class that actually hails from the state of Oklahoma, along with Brey Walker, Tatum, Tramonda Moore, Jordan Kelley and Patrick Fields. It’s important to win your own state in college football recruiting, and so far, Lincoln Riley has done that during his time as head coach.
Redmond picked Oklahoma over Arizona State, Georgia, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech and Arkansas. For a three-star recruit, that’s a very impressive offer sheet, and is very reflective of just how good Redmond truly is. There’s a reason Oklahoma has been recruiting him so hard over the last few months, and it’s because of his immense physical talent and athleticism. Don’t be surprised when he jumps up the rankings sooner rather than later.
On the field, Redmond is an absolute freak. He has the body of a speed rusher, but the athletic ability of a receiver or cornerback. He runs a 4.5 forty time, and just dominates because of that speed. On top of that speed, Redmond is a monster hitter, that terrorizes quarterbacks and disrupts runs whenever he gets the chance. His actual move set is extremely bare bones, and he may actually have to play linebacker at the next level, because he’s pretty slow off the snap. The ability is there, but Redmond will need some development, there’s no question about it. His ceiling comparison is Barkevious Mingo.
— 3%⚡️ (@jcarter2133) July 29, 2017
THE CARTER FILE
Carter is the third commit in Oklahoma’s 2019 class, along with quarterback Spencer Rattler and tight end Austin Stogner. The passing game is a huge focus for Lincoln Riley in 2019, which is reflected by that group, as well as by the fact that Oklahoma has already had two additional receivers in the 2019 class, Theo Wease and Arjei Henderson, though they eventually would decommit. It’s hard to hold on to commitments this far out, because of just how long it is until 2019 signing day, but to land a guy like Carter early on is certainly good news.
Carter picked Oklahoma Baylor, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State and Texas Tech. This early on in a recruitment, the offer sheet isn’t really a huge deal, and while Carter will obviously pick up more, he’s already one of the most highly touted 2019 recruits. If Texas comes calling, Cale Gundy may have to do some defending of this commitment, but until then Oklahoma has a very big verbal from Carter. I don’t do film analysis of any non-senior recruits because they’re still developing, but to sum Carter up in one sentence, I’d describe him as a very familiar kind of receiver for Oklahoma fans. His play style is very reminiscent of guys like Dede Westbrook and Sterling Shepard.
— JM9® (@thekidjase) July 30, 2017
THE MCCLELLAN FILE
McClellan is the first commitment in Oklahoma’s 2020 recruiting class. The rising sophomore is only 15 years old, and won’t sign with Oklahoma or any school until February of 2020, which is more than two years away, so take all of this with a grain of salt. If Oklahoma can hold on to his commitment for two and half years, fantastic, but expecting a teenager to remain committed to a school for two years, especially once camps and visits start happening more frequently, is just silly and unfair.
McClellan chose Oklahoma over offers from Baylor, Georgia, Illinois, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon and TCU. He’s one of the best sophomore backs in the country, but as I said, take all this with a grain of salt. He still has a lot of growing to do, both physically, and as a player. As a freshman, McClellan was very impressive, running for 1548 yards and 20 touchdowns on 211 carries, as he looked like he had all the intangibles to be a future workhorse back in college football. Stay tuned on this one.