The college football world was rocked this afternoon when Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops declared his retirement and informed us that his protege, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, would be leading the Sooner Schooner going forward.
While Stoops’s retirement has minimal bearing on Nebraska’s upcoming football season, it does change the landscape for the two teams’ future meetings in 2021 and 2022. The move also affects the Huskers off the field in regards to the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes.
Being in geographically close proximity to one another, the Husker and Sooners frequently compete for recruits and the 2018 recruiting class is no exception. Earlier this year, Oklahoma gained a verbal pledge from highly-touted running back TJ Pledger who had Nebraska high on his list before committing.
Both teams are also hot on the heels of 2018 recruits such as defensive end Jalen Redmond out of Oklahoma City and St. Louis defensive end Ronnie Perkins, both of whom have shown heavy interest in Nebraska at some point this cycle.
Like everyone else, Pledger was certainly caught off guard by the news today and five-star recruit Micah Parsons — another player very high on Nebraska’s radar — caught wind of the news as well.
While we haven’t heard anything from other 2018 recruits that Nebraska is also interested in, 2019 wide receiver Jalen Curry was certainly taken aback by the changes that occurred in Norman today.
Recruiting fallout from a coaching change typically comes in early spring after a season concludes. With these significant changes happening during the summer, it will be very interesting to see how recruiting moves forward as the Huskers and several other top programs will all certainly be reaching out to current Oklahoma commits and targets.
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