– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Memphis hosted their mega camp over the weekend with many Oklahoma prospects in attendance and it’s already paying off for the Tigers. John Marshall 2018 offensive lineman Nigel Brannon received an offer from the Tigers on Sunday and didn’t take long in deciding to commit. Brannon announced on Twitter that he had committed to the Tigers. He’s the second Oklahoman to commit over the weekend. Bishop McGuinness offensive lineman Owen Condon committed to Georgia on Saturday.
While it’s rare, he isn’t the first 2018 prospect to earn an offer and commit on the same day. Jones defensive end Dalton May did the same thing while on a Tulsa visit. Tuttle offensive lineman Hunter Anthony earned an OSU offer and committed an hour later.
Memphis has made a big impact on Oklahoma in the last two years. The Tigers have definitely put a higher importance on recruiting Oklahoma prospects and they’re starting to really have success. In the 2017 class, Memphis signed three Oklahoma prospects. Norman North linebacker Cade Mashburn, Putnam City West wide receiver Nick Robinson and Southmoore athlete Quindon Lewis all signed on the dotted line with the Tigers in March. Including Brannon, Memphis has offered twelve prospects from Oklahoma’s 2018 class. In addition to Brannon picking up an offer this weekend, Westmoore tight end James Palmer also received an offer from the Tigers.
Brannon is currently ranked as the third best offensive lineman on the OKPreps Big Board. He’s also ranked as the ninth best prospect overall in the OKPreps 2018 rankings. Out of the top 15 players in the 2018 rankings, only one prospect is still undecided. Midwest City linebacker Jalen Redmond is the only player in the top 15 that hasn’t committed. This continues a trend that players, especially the elite ones, are committing earlier than ever.
Brannon is the 16th prospect in Oklahoma’s 2018 class to commit to a D1 program. He’s also the 6th offensive lineman to commit an the 2nd over the weekend with Condon committing to Georgia. The other four are all committed to in-state programs. Bixby’s Bryce Bray and Tuttle’s Hunter Anthony to Oklahoma State. Southmoore’s Brey Walker to Oklahoma and Bixby’s Josh Owens to Tulsa. Additionally, Brannon is the 7th prospect to commit to an out of state program, but the first to Memphis.
Stay Tuned To OKPreps.com For More On The Brannon Commitment.