Can the Sooners close on one off the top defensive line prospects in the Class of 22?

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Oklahoma has had an interesting journey with their 2022 recruiting class. They started red hot with early commitments from three high quality wide receivers in Luther Burden, Talyn Shettron and Jordan Hudson. They brought in running back/slot receiver Raleek Brown and then followed with a pledge from one of the other top five running backs in Gavin Sawchuk.

Fast forward to the first day of September. All three of those receivers are no longer committed. Hudson is an SMU commit and Shettron is locked in with Oklahoma State to play with his brother. Burden remains uncommitted but UGA, Missouri and Alabama are fighting for his services. OU still has a chance at a few other blue chip prospects despite the receiver recruiting fiasco. The biggest currently plays on the defensive line.

Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy, defensive lineman from Lakeland, Florida, is within the Sooners grasp. The top 10 recruit is a force on the defensive line where he can line up at defensive tackle and slide outside and play the defensive end position. Bleacher Report thinks OU will eventually win the battle for Dindy.

Dindy, as previously mentioned has ties to Oklahoma. His parents are former graduates of of the University Oklahoma. He’s a true legacy to the university. However, defensive line coach and primary recruiter in this instance Calvin Thibodeaux could not afford to let that do the work.

Thibodeaux along with Alex Grinch and Lincoln Riley have continuously plugged away at this recruitment. Dindy recently cut his list down to two schools: Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

A&M is currently the employer of his father, who has recently moved to College Station, Texas. There is real smoke that could keep the Aggies in the race.

Ultimately, like Bleacher Report suggests I think the Sooners win out if they produce on the field defensively. If guys like Jalen Redmond, Perrion Winfrey and Isaiah Thomas have monster years like many are expecting and help OU continue to revitalize how defense is played in Norman, Oklahoma, the Sooners will continue to have the inside track at the nation’s top defensive recruits.