Oklahoma Football Recruiting Takes a Step Back Following De-Commitment of Jamile Johnson

By Dan Kelley
Oklahoma recruiting
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As far as the 2015 recruiting class goes, the Oklahoma Sooners could be doing better. While most programs have easily cleared double-digit commitments by this point, the Oklahoma recruiting effort has only secured nine verbals to this point, following the de-commitment of DB Jamile Johnson.

It wasn’t long ago that the Sooners seemed to be building some momentum, after securing verbals from two defensive linemen in late July. Just last week, they received another verbal from athlete John Humphrey — a three-star prospect in 247 Sports’ composite rankings — bringing them up to 10 for the 2015 class.

Then Johnson announced via Twitter that he was decommitting from Oklahoma, while potentially sparking the bridge behind him.

It still seems inevitable that the Sooners will eventually turn their 2015 recruiting class around. After all, they are expected to be one of the top teams in the country this season and a clear contender for the inaugural College Football Playoff. But for now, the momentum that the Sooners started to build in the late weeks of July seems to be gone. At the moment, they are languishing in the mid-40s of 247 Sports’ composite rankings, behind programs like the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and just above the Washington State Cougars and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

It is unclear where Johnson may end up, but he shouldn’t have trouble finding a new home. Johnson is a three-star prospect in 247 Sports’ composite rankings, and he holds offers from a number of solid programs, including the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Louisville Cardinals and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. And now that Johnson is no longer committed to the Sooners, other offers could start to pour in.

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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