Oklahoma Recruiting: Sooners Gaining Momentum After Two Recent Commits

By Dan Kelley

The Oklahoma Sooners have started to build some momentum on the recruiting trail after the recent commitment of DE Kenneth Mann.

Mann was the second defensive lineman to commit to the Sooners this past week after DT Tyrell Jacobs committed on Monday. The two linemen became the eighth and ninth commitments in Oklahoma’s 2015 recruiting class.

The Sooners’ slow start to the class was somewhat concerning but things should pick up speed as the season gets closer. With the Sooners a popular pick to not only win the Big 12 but also to play in the inaugural College Football Playoff, they have too much going for them to not bring in a quality class of recruits this year.

Mann and Jacobs are both three-star prospects in 247 Sports’ composite rankings. Their commitments bumped Oklahoma up to No. 38 in the nation in those rankings after the Sooners hovered around the mid-40s for most of July.

It will be interesting to see how things progress on the recruiting trail for Oklahoma and the rest of the Big 12. The Sooners’ slow start was a part of a larger trend for the conference but Oklahoma was further behind than the rest of the league. And while they will likely catch up by signing day, the slow start to this year’s class could hamper them for the class of 2016 and beyond if they don’t build on the momentum they have right now.

Dan Kelley covers Big 12 football for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DKelley_CFB or “Like” him on Facebook.

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