The Oklahoma Sooners went deep into the state of Louisiana for a second time in less than two weeks, pulling out another highly recruited talent from the Bayou State. On Monday, OU secured a verbal commitment from 3-star linebacker Pernell Jefferson.
Jefferson was a beast for Warren Easton Senior High School in 2014, coming up with 115 tackles, 13 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one pick. With Jefferson leading the way, the Eagles posted a 12-3 record before falling to Neville 28-27 in a heart-breaking state championship title game.
The New Orleans-area talent has picked up 13 reported offers from some of the top programs around the region with Miami, Mississippi State, Indiana, Nebraska, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas, ULM, UL Lafayette, Western Kentucky, UCF, and Colorado State among the programs seeking his abilities at the FBS level.
Jefferson visited UCF, Indiana and Kansas during the offseason and took a trip to Norman for Junior Day. The Sooners landed the stud linebacker over an announced top four of Nebraska, Texas Tech and Arizona State.
The Eagles were a popular stopping point during the 2015 recruiting cycle, as eight players have committed to FBS programs. Wide receiver Darrell Clark and linebacker Kendal Franklin went with Arizona, cornerback Deshawn Capers-Smith sided with Texas A&M, 5-star wide receiver Tyron Johnson went with in-state power LSU, defensive back Jeremie Francis, running back Devin Glenn, and wide receiver Dedrick Shy signed with Tulane, while Oklahoma landed prized 4-star linebacker Arthur McGinnis.
The Sooners now have 10 verbal commitments making up their 2016 recruiting class. On July 30, OU picked up safety Chanse Sylvie from Louisiana prep powerhouse Calvary Baptist Academy.
Oklahoma Sooners 2016 Verbal Commitment List
CB Maurice Chandler, 6-1, 190, NEO A&M C.C., Miami, OK
CB Parrish Cobb, 5-11, 175, La Vega HS, Waco, TX
ATH/WR Adrian Hardy, 6-3, 185, Dekaney HS, Houston, TX
LB Pernell Jefferson, 6-2, 236, Warren Easton Senior, New Orleans, LA
QB Austin Kendall, 6-2, 210, Cuthbertson HS, Waxhaw, NC
WR Ryan Parker, 6-2, 175, Tyler C.C., Tyler, TX
OG Logan Roberson, 6-5, 318, Harrah HS, Harrah, OK
FS Chanse Sylvie, 6-0-, 185, Calvary Baptist HS, Shreveport, LA
LB Jon-Michael Terry, 6-2, 225, Victory Christian HS, Tulsa, OK
LB Bryce Youngquist, 6-2, 210, Los Osos HS, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.