Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh certainly seems to have a type of lineman that he likes to recruit, and that archetype is shining through in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class. For the third time in the 2018 class, Oklahoma has landed a commitment from a massive, raw, high potential offensive lineman, as, earlier today, Justin, Texas native Darrell Simpson announced his commitment to Oklahoma. Simpson was offered by the Sooners back in October of 2015, and has been one of their top targets for the better part of the last two years. After countless visits and hours of contact, Simpson is finally closing down his recruitment.
— Darrell Simpson™🎈 (@king_simpson34) August 12, 2017
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Simpson is the 16th commitment in Oklahoma’s 2018 recruiting class, and the third lineman, along with Tramonda Moore and Brey Walker, two of the biggest tackles in the 2018 class, at 6-foot-6, 330 pounds, and 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, respectively. Oklahoma is notorious for large, powerful, imposing lines under Bill Bedenbaugh, who has been in Norman since 2013. He loves to mold massive, physically gifted linemen, and as he hits his recruiting stride, Oklahoma will only become more dangerous in the future, with lines reminiscent of those at Wisconsin, or Nebraska in the 1990s.
Simpson picked Oklahoma over Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Texas Tech, Utah, Florida State, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M. TCU was widely thought of as essentially the only competition for Simpson’s pledge, and with the sheer number of visits he took to Norman, most recently in late July, there hasn’t really been much doubt about where Simpson would land over the last few months.
On the field, Simpson plays as big as he is. He’s immensely strong, and can create an incredible amount of power when he involves his legs, though that technique is pretty hit or miss. He’s phenomenal in getting downfield to block for his runners, and tears through linebackers with ease in the second level. He’s extremely raw when it comes to pretty much all of his technical skills, but the sheer athleticism and strength is there for Oklahoma to harness, and ultimately use to develop Simpson into a future NFL player. His ceiling comparison is Jack Conklin.