Riley signs most of his first OU class

Oklahoma signed 17 players in the early signing period in December to anchor the first class with Lincoln Riley as head coach.

Of the 17 signees, 14 are ranked as four-star prospects on a five-star scale by recruiting services ESPN, 247Sports or Rivals. The other three are consensus three-star recruits.

The regular signing period runs from Feb. 7 through April 1.

“It’s a really strong group,” said Riley. “I would say that everybody we expected to sign has. A lot of guys in this group have stuck with us for a long time after committing early, even through the coaching change last summer.

“It’s a great foundation of players from all over the country. We signed some very strong players out of our home state, which we’re very proud of. Texas was again, and always will be, a big target for us. And we got several other guys from across the country. Great class. We hit a lot of the targets and needs that we had, and we’re excited to get a lot of these guys in here mid-term.”

OU signed four-star quarterback Tanner Mordecai from Midway High School in Waco, Texas. Mordecai was ranked the No. 10 passing quarterback in the nation by ESPN.

The 6-3, 210-pound quarterback threw for 4,797 yards and 51 touchdowns in high school with only 13 interceptions. He hit 334 of 567 passes and ran for 1,511 yards on 247 carries.

With Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield graduating, Mordecai will join Kyler Murray and Austin Kendall in the quarterback competition.

Running back T.J. Pledger from IMG Academy in Florida has been rated the No. 5 running back in the nation by ESPN.

Offensive lineman Brey Walker, from Westmoore High School in Moore, is 6-7 and weighs 320 pounds. Rivals ranks him as the No. 3 tackle in the county.

OU signed several in-state players, including defensive lineman Jordan Kelley and safety Patrick Fields of Tulsa Union, outside linebacker Jalen Redmond of Midwest City and defensive lineman Ron Tatum III of Putnam City High in Oklahoma City.

Sixteen of the 17 signees are high schoolers and the other is at a junior college. These signees come from seven states and represent nine position groups.

The states of Oklahoma and Texas produced the most OU signees with six each, while California, Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee each generated one.

Riley said several of signees are planning to enroll at OU for the spring semester. They are cornerback Starrland Baldwin, receiver Jaqualyn Crawford, cornerback Miguel Edwards, safety Patrick Fields, offensive lineman Tramonda Moore, defensive end Ronnie Perkins, running back T.J. Pledger, defensive end Jalen Redmond and safety Delarrin Turner-Yell.

“We’ll definitely sign some more guys in this class,” said Riley. “When the dust settles here after this first signing period, there will be a reevaluation process in terms of who we’ve signed, who other schools have signed, who’s still out there; just trying to find the best ones to fill the remaining spots. It will still be active and busy here in the next couple days, and certainly up through February.”

Wideout Treveon Johnson, running back Tavion Thomas and defensive back Jordon Austin have verbal commitments to OU but did not sign during the early period.

2018 signees:

LB – Brian Asamoah

WR – Kundarrius Taylor

DL – Jordan Kelley

S – Delarrin Turner-Yell

S – Patrick Fields

CB – Miguel Edwards

CB – Starrland Baldwin Jr.

OL – Tramonda Moore

OL – Darrell Simpson

OLB – Jalen Redmond

QB – Tanner Mordecai

WR – Jaylon Robinson

RB – T.J. Pledger IV

DL – Ron Tatum III

DL – Ronnie Perkins

OL – Brey Walker

WR – Jaquayln Crawford)