Recently, Oklahoma’s biggest concerns with its recruiting class were at defensive tackle and offensive line.
Wednesday, on the opening day of the junior college midterm signing period, the Sooners got a boost in both.
First, Trinity Valley (Texas) defensive tackle Quincy Russell signed with OU. Then later in the day his junior college teammate, offensive tackle Josiah St. John, committed to Oklahoma.
Then the Sooners got an even bigger boost on the offensive line when Houston Stratford offensive tackle Christian Daimler committed to the Sooners after decommitting from Arizona State earlier in the day.
Russell (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) picked OU over Nebraska and also had offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Houston, TCU and Texas Tech.
He signed with Texas out of high school but wound up at Trinity after failing to qualify academically.
Russell was named an NJCAA All-American after recording 75 tackles and a pair of sacks for the Cardinals.
Russell is expected to enroll in January. St. John, who has three years to play two in Norman, might not arrive in Norman until after the spring semester.
The Sooners did not have any interior defensive linemen committed until late last week when Dallas Skyline’s Kerrick Huggins switched his commitment from Texas A&M to the Sooners.
With defensive tackles Jamarkus McFarland, Casey Walker and Stacy McGee set to graduate, along with David King, who split time between tackle and end, the Sooners have plenty of need for the spot in the 2013 class.
Huggins and other high school recruits cannot sign until Feb. 6.
Offensive line has been an even bigger concern for the Sooners.
San Antonio high schooler Matt Beyer and Tulsa Union’s Dalton Rodriguez once gave OU a pair of commitments there, but Beyer’s football career ended because of injury and Rodriguez recently switched his commitment to Tulsa in part so he could stay on the defensive side.
St. John (6-6, 305) picked the Sooners over Kansas. He also had offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, West Virginia, Oregon State and Arkansas among others.
Daimler (6-6, 270) had been committed to the Sun Devils since October but announced late in the afternoon on Twitter that he had withdrawn his commitment. A little more than three hours later, he announced that he’d committed to the Sooners.
Daimler also had offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Washington State among others.
Kicker/punter Jed Barnett of Laney Community College also signed Wednesday.
Barnett originally went to California out of high school.
Barnett averaged more than 50 yards per punt in high school.
The Sooners missed out on at least one other target Wednesday, when tight end Emmanuel Bibbs stuck with his original commitment and signed with Iowa State despite a late push from Oklahoma.