Early in the day on Saturday, Oklahoma secured the commitment of the one the top defensive backs in the entire country in Brendan Radley-Hiles. It was a point of emphasis for Oklahoma to really improve their defense this offseason. If the Sooners fielded a stronger defense, then its fair to assume that the Rose Bowl might have gone another way. That emphasis on defense in the 2018 class continued to pay dividends on Saturday as four star linebacker DaShaun White flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to Oklahoma. For those that closely follow recruiting this was a long time coming, but that doesn’t lessen the impact at all. This is a huge get for the Sooners, and even more impressive to do it at the expense of their former conference foe.
— DaShaun White (@dmw23_) January 7, 2018
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White is now the 23rd commitment in Oklahoma’s 2018 class, and one of five yet to officially sign for the Sooners. White is the third linebacker in this class along with Nik Bonitto and Brian Asamoah. He is also the ninth Texan in this class for the Sooners. According to 247sports, White is one of the top 250 players in the country, and a top 20 player at his position. With his commitment, the Sooners now have the seventh ranked class nationally, and the second ranked class in the Big 12 behind only Texas.
White was a long time Texas A&M commit, giving the Aggies his verbal commitment back in August. While he has been committed for a long time the rumors of a possible flip have been on going for most of the fall. White had offers from across the country from schools such as Texas, TCU, Missouri, Ole Miss, UCLA, Oklahoma State, and Baylor. Ultimately though White was had a final three of Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas. Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish and Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh were relentless in their efforts to get White to flip, and it paid off.
White is a versatile athlete who could end up either playing inside or outside linebacker at Oklahoma. White excels at diagnosing a play, and then getting to where he needs to get to in a hurry. Rarely do you see White take a bad step on the field.
White also doesn’t shy away from contact. At 6-foot-1 and 222 pounds, White already has a frame that can play at the college level. With some time in a college weight training program, I could see White getting up to 235 pounds, and not losing his athleticism. Ultimately I see White becoming an inside linebacker for the Sooners.
This is a great get for Oklahoma. It gives their 2018 class three really good linebackers with versatility, and in the process they took a recruit from one of their direct competitors in the region.