– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
Last week, the college football world was shaken up as Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops suddenly retired. The Sooners immediately promoted offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to the head coaching spot. The Riley era earned it’s first commitment on Monday afternoon. And they took a direct shot at their rival with it. Putnam City defensive end Ron Tatum III switched commitments from Texas to Riley and the Sooners.
Tatum committed to Texas two months ago and went on a visit to Austin since his commitment. However, the Sooners were able to flip the Putnam City star. Tatum is currently ranked as the top defensive lineman prospect on the OKPreps Big Board and the fourth overall prospect in the OKPreps 2018 rankings.
Riley will be the youngest head coach in college football this fall. Before he even steps on the field for practice in August, he can erase some doubt that may be in the minds of Sooner fans. Landing in-state stars like Tatum is a good sign for Oklahoma and Riley moving forward. The new Sooner head coach even tweeted out that they want to land two more in-state prospects. He’s without a doubt referring to Midwest City linebacker Jalen Redmond, who is the only player in the OKPreps 2018 rankings that hasn’t committed. Riley is also referring to Owasso safety and current Ohio State commit Josh Proctor.