Oklahoma has had a tough time with some of its goals lately, this time with a bit more bad news with Dylan Edwards’ commitment to Kansas State. While it’s important to note that the Sooners ultimately can’t sign everyone, but they miss a few stitches.
Edwards joins a list of Wilkin Formby, Tyler Turner and Reid Mikeska as players Oklahoma has targeted and missed in recent days.
The four-star running back was the 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kansas. He averaged 3,214 all-purpose yards and 40 total touchdowns while averaging nearly 13 yards per carry last year. The Sooners offered Edwards on Jan. 29, and shortly after receiving the offer, they told Kansas City Star reporter Kellis Robinett that “Oklahoma was a dream of mine.”
While that may have been true somewhere along the way, there was a disconnect between the two sides as the Sooners didn’t land Edwards, who chose to stay in the state and play for Kansas State. With the Wildcats, he will most likely draw comparisons to current running back Deuce Vaughn and KSU legend Darren Sproles. Like Sproles and Vaughn, Edwards is a short, seedy, dynamic and fast running back.
Oklahoma landed multiple predictions to land Edwards in the days and weeks after the initial bid and continued to press. They made the top 10 list for Edwards along with Kansas State, Nebraska, Washington, Jackson State, Oregon and a few others. Ultimately, after his official visit to the Champ U BBQ on June 3rd and several weeks of deliberation, the state school won.
The Sooners have four-star Kalib Hicks and will be looking to take another running back spot for this 2023 class. With the likes of Tre Wisner and Dylan Edwards on the scene, Daylan Smothers becomes a priority target for the Sooners.
Smothers took his officer to Oklahoma and had a good time. A Florida State official is next in line for him, but the Sooners are closer in this race than Edwards, giving them a much better chance of landing the four-star North Carolina Dynamo here.
Five-star star Richard Young is a real eye-catcher when he decides to become a Sooner. While that’s a long shot, the Sooners should keep hanging around and recruiting him. Crazier things have happened, like Louisville landing a five-star running back from Reuben Owens this week.
Kansas State will continue to be a place for the Sooners to attack down the recruiting lane, as head coach Brent Venables himself has played and coached in Kansas State and has maintained excellent relationships throughout the state.
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