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Oklahoma continues to be one of the hottest programs on the recruiting trail with another big-time commitment. Late this morning, 2019 4-star TE, Austin Stogner announced his commitment via Twitter:
— Austin Stogner (@austin_stogner) June 23, 2017
The Sooners beat out Nebraska, Texas A&M, TCU, and Alabama among others for Stogner’s commitment. He ranks 5th at his position and 79th nationally. He becomes the first commitment in Oklahoma’s 2019 class that ranks 1st in the Big 12 and 13th in the national rankings.
What Lincoln Riley has been able to achieve in a little over two weeks is nothing short of impressive. Since being named head coach on June 7th, Oklahoma has landed: Ron Tatum, Tramonda Moore, Tavion Thomas, Austin Stogner and it sounds like more are on the way very soon.
Moving to Stogner, this is a big-time get for Oklahoma. If you’re a fan of Mark Andrews, you’re going to be a fan of Austin Stogner. He’s your big, wide-bodied tight end that’s going to present a mismatch with opposing linebackers.
Stogner is a reported 6’6″ 230-pounds as a soon-to-be junior…that’s huge. Assuming he sticks, he’ll be the biggest tight end Oklahoma has had in years. No reason to believe he can’t make it to 240, maybe close to 245 before arriving on campus.
Stogner isn’t a burner by any means but for his size he does move remarkable well. A little raw getting in-and-out of his cuts, but nothing that cannot be polished. His straight-line speed is where he can do the most damage. Nice acceleration, long-stride…he’ll be a tough cover for opposing linebackers and simply too big for most safeties.
Mark Andrews will be gone and Grant Calcaterra will be going into his junior year by the time Stogner steps for on campus. This means Stogner will start the fall as the #2 guy backing up Calcaterra and the chance for some immediate playtime.
An unofficial visit was enough to land one big-time 2019 recruit, it could be enough to land another. Sooners fans will want to keep an eye out over the next week or so to see what Oklahoma can do with the momentum from Stogner’s commitment.