Jay Valai expects CB Jasiah Wagoner to play for Oklahoma Sooners
July 18, 2022
The commitment of seven players to join the Oklahoma Sooners in July has been one of the most talked about stories in college football this summer.
Despite the recent success of the recruiting trail, the Sooners aren’t expected to stay very active in the recruiting game if they don’t have enough room in their class. At this point, they have plenty of room for more commitments at one position.
One of the most significant needs for Oklahoma right now is at the corner. There are currently no commitments for that position, and their three main targets are still uncommitted.
One of those is four-star prospect Jasiah Wagoner from Washington. He is currently ranked as the 13th-best corner in the country by the organization Heir Academy. Wagoner holds offers from multiple schools, including USC, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Washington.
Oklahoma, Texas, and Notre Dame sent offers for Wagoner in February and May, respectively. He also visited both Berkley and South Bend during his official visits.
Valai expects Wagoner to join Oklahoma
Oklahoma co-defensive coordinator Jay Valai has been recruiting Wagoner well, and those tracking his recruitment believe that he and the Sooners are on the verge of securing his commitment.
Brandon Drumm and Brandon Huffman of 247Sports made predictions regarding the recruitment of Wagoner. They believe that Arkansas will be the right school for him.
Although no official announcement has been made yet, the crystal ball predictions and the recent success of the Oklahoma recruiting trail have put everyone on high alert. A commitment from Wagoner would be a massive boost for Valai, who is in his first entire season as the head coach of the Sooners’ secondary.
Oklahoma's other notable transfers
Over the past decade, the transfer portal has been instrumental in the Sooners' success. They've been able to acquire two former Heisman winners and a quarterback who will start in 2022 as a result of Caleb Williams' name being submitted through the portal.
The transfer portal is used by college football coaches to build their rosters with players who can immediately contribute. It's similar to free agency in that it allows them to acquire quality talent.
One of the outstanding transfers the Sooners had made is Jalen Hurts. During his college career, the former Alabama quarterback had an interesting story. In his first season, he started and led the team to a victory over Georgia. However, he lost the starting job to Tua Tagovailoa in the national championship game. In his sophomore season, he threw for 2,081 yards and 17 scores.
In 2019, Hurts was one of the most dominant players in the country at the quarterback position. He had over 50 touchdown passes and 5,000 rushing yards. He also led the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs. Even though he didn't start his career with the Sooners, he was able to establish a strong foundation for the team.
In addition to Hurts, Oklahoma also signed Dillion Gabriel from UCF. During his time at UCF, Gabriel threw for over 7,200 yards and 61 touchdown passes. He will be able to contribute immediately to the Sooners' offense after the team lost Caleb Williams.
Shortly after Williams submitted his name through the transfer portal, Gabriel decided to transfer to Oklahoma. He joined the Sooners to play under Jeff Lebby, who was his offensive coordinator at UCF when he was a freshman.