Generally in recruiting, rumblings and rumors don’t happen if there’s no cause. Message board rumors, while sometimes silly, generally have some validity to them, and if there’s anything Oklahoma’s coaching staff loves to do when there are rumors, it’s add to the fire with cryptic, emoji packed riddles in the form of tweets. Last night, we saw a similar rumble on the Oklahoma side of the internet, and sure enough, late Thursday night, Columbus three-star linebacker Brian Asamoah committed to the Sooners after months of rumors, and numerous visits to see the campus.
My story continues… 📝 pic.twitter.com/9ZxaPI318c
— Brian Asamoah ひ (@b_moah211) September 8, 2017
THE ASAMOAH FILE
Asamoah is the 19th commitment in Oklahoma’s loaded 2018 recruiting class, and the first linebacker, a year removed from the Sooners landing three linebackers: Levi Draper, Kenneth Murray and K’Jakyre Daley. Merlin Robertson and Quin Williams are both still looking at Oklahoma in the 2018 class, however, so don’t be surprised if Asamoah gets some company between now and signing day. Asamoah is the second Ohio recruit in the class, along with running back Taivon Thomas. Both were once considered Ohio State leans, but shifted away as the Buckeyes focused on out-of-state targets.
Asamoah picked the Sooners over Cincinatti, Michigan, Kentucky, Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia and UCLA among many others, though those were his top schools. After a late July visit the Sooners have been in the driver’s seat for Asamoah’s recruitment, and an official visit on Saturday ultimately sealed the pick for Asamoah. Linebackers coach Tim Kish led the way, thanks to his experience both in coaching the position, and his hometown of Westerville, a suburb of Columbus.
Unlike a lot of Big 12 recruits, Asamoah is from right around where I’m stationed, and I’ve actually had the chance to catch him live this season, and hope to again before his year is over. St. Francis De Sales is one of the best teams in central Ohio, and from what I’ve seen, Asamoah looks like a man among boys in every game he plays. He plays with an incredible amount of speed and physicality for his position, and looks more like a roving safety with linebacker size than a true linebacker. he’s phenomenal rushing the passer, and his speed makes him a great asset in covering the running back out of the backfield. His game reminds me a lot of another former Columbus high schooler, New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee.