OU football recruiting notepad: Sooners add more size to secondary with latest commit

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OU's Tre Brown sacks Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger during the Sooners' game against Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, during the Big 12 championship at AT&T Stadium. Ou scores a safety on the play

NORMAN, Okla. — Size shouldn’t be much of an issue for Oklahoma’s secondary in the future.

The Sooners picked up a Fourth of July commitment from four-star safety Bryson Washington (Houston).

Washington gives the Sooners their second verbal commitment form a 6-foot-3 defensive back for the 2020 recruiting class.

The other is Little Elm, Texas, product Ryan Watts.

Washington and Watts, who’s also a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, won't be unique as former blue-chip prospects to OU’s secondary. Although, they would be the tallest defensive backs on OU’s 2019 roster.

Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch isn't more than a few months on the job, but it seems Washington and Watts' build could be what he's looking for to help turn OU's defense around.

It doesn't hurt having bigger bodies, especially with receivers like CeeDee Lamb (6-foot-2), Texas' Collin Johnson (6-foot-6) and Baylor's Denzel Mims (6-foot-3) roaming the Big 12.

• Sooners flip Walker: Oklahoma's staff stole one of the Sooner State's top instate prospects from its Bedlam rivals earlier this week.

Three-star linebacker Brynden Walker committed to Oklahoma State on March 4. The Bishop McGuinness talent flipped his decision to OU, however, on June 30.

The 6-foot-3 linebacker is the eighth-best 2020 prospect from Oklahoma, according to Rivals.com.

• OU in on two 2021 blue-chip prospects: A four-star defensive end and four-star wide receiver have Oklahoma as one of their top-10 schools.

Katy, Texas, product Tunmise Adeleye released his list on Friday. He's also considering the likes of Alabama, Ohio State and Texas.

Adelye is entering his junior year at Tompkins High School. He's currently the No. 71-ranked prospect nationally in the 2021 class and the No. 4 overall defensive end.

Latrell Neville, a blue-chip receiver from Houston, also has OU as one of his top choices. Neville is the No. 96-ranked prospect in the 2021 class and No. 18-ranked player at receiver.

2020 Prospects to watch

4-star TE Jalin Conyers (Gruver, Texas): The 6-foot-5 tight end is still undecided, but both Rivals.com's FutureCast and 247Sports.com's Crystal Ball have Conyers picking OU. He'd be a huge pickup as one of the top national prospects and No. 7-ranked tight end in the 2020 class, per Rivals.

4-star OG Andrew Raym (Broken Arrow): One of the best 2020 prospects from Oklahoma remains uncommitted despite recent trips to Georgia and Michigan. It's unclear whether Raym's patience bodes well for the Sooners, but it does give OU's staff more time to get the last word with the talent offensive linemen.

4-star CB Joshua Eaton (Aldine, Texas): The 6-foot-2 cornerback has the Sooners as one of his top-five choices. He'll make his decision next month, according to 247Sports.com. Eaton might be inclined to follow fellow four-star defensive backs Ryan Watts and Bryson Washington to Norman.

OU football 2020 class

National ranking: No. 16 (Rivals.com), No. 12 (247Sports.com)

Big 12 ranking: No. 1 (Rivals.com and 247Sports.com)

Offers made: 180

Commitments (Ratings via. Rivals.com)

3-star ATH Brian Darby, College Station (Texas)

4-star WR Davon Graham II, Keller (Texas)

3-star DB Dontae Manning, Raytown (Missouri)

3-star LB Edgerrin Cooper, Covington (Louisiana)

4-star RB Jase McClellan, Aledo (Texas)

3-star ATH Michael Henderson, Irving (Texas)

4-star OL Nate Anderson, Frisco (Texas)

4-star OL Noah Nelson, Gilbert (Arizona)

4-star DT Perrion Winfrey, Iowa Western C.C.

3-star LB Brynden Walker, Oklahoma City

4-star DB Ryan Watts, Little Elm (Texas)

4-star DB Bryson Washington, Houston

4-star RB Seth McGowan, Mesquite (Texas)

3-star WR Trevon West, Arlington (Texas)


Buettner writes for The Norman Transcript, a CNHI News Service publication.

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