In the first season of the Early Signing Period, a bit of an unforeseen trend has emerged in the past month following the 72 hour signing period. Most teams signed almost all of their recruits in that time period, but the trend of players that didn’t sign ultimately decommitting has become very obvious, and last night, that trend continued, as Treveon Johnson decommitted from Oklahoma after declining to sign during the Early Signing Period. While it’s still mainly unclear if the refusal to sign causes a rift, leading to decommitment, or vice versa, if the possibility of a decommitment leads to a recruit not signing early, it seems to come down to a case-by-case basis, and in this case, the latter seems far more likely.
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With the loss of Johnson, Oklahoma is now down to 22 members in their 2018 recruiting class, and three receivers: Jaylon Robinson, Kundarrius Taylor and Jaqualyn Crawford. Johnson could’ve also played cornerback at the next level, though Oklahoma already has three of those, in Brendan Radley-Hiles, Miguel Edwards and Starrland Baldwin. The Sooners still have the seventh best class nationally, good enough for second in the Big 12, despite the loss of Johnson.
Johnson will likely shift his focus to two SEC schools: Arkansas and Tennessee. Johnson officially visited Arkansas a few weeks ago, and has a very good relationship with new Razorbacks head coach Chad Morris. He’ll be visiting Tennessee on February 2nd, and will announce his choice on Signing Day. Ultimately, this decommitment is due largely to the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee, and Morris at Arkansas, as Johnson is very familiar with both coaches, and both schools are willing to let Johnson play wide receiver and cornerback, which Oklahoma was not willing to commit to.
Wherever Johnson lands, that school will be getting an athletic, rangey player, with good hands, and a ton of skill for his coaches to work with. This is a tough loss for Oklahoma, but ultimately, the Sooners will likely find a replacement that should help fill the void left by Johnson before signing day.