Riley Includes Ugwoegbu to 2019 Course


NORMAN — University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley announced the signing of David Ugwoegbu (pronounced uh-GWAY-boo) to a national letter of intent Wednesday, increasing the Sooners’ 2019 recruiting class to 24 members.

As of 9 a.m. CT Wednesday, Oklahoma’s class was ranked in the top five nationally by ESPN (No. 4), 247Sports (No. 5) and Rivals (No. 5), marking OU’s highest-rated class since 2005 and the third straight year the Sooners have assembled a top-10 group.

“We’re very happy to add David to this historic OU class,” said Riley. “It’s a class that a lot of people worked really hard to put together and I think this is going to be a championship group that will help us continue to tackle all of the goals that we have here as a program.”

The 6-4, 220-pound Ugwoegbu shined as both a defensive end and tight end at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas, earning first-team all-district honors as a senior. He is a four-star recruit according to Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN. Riley said Ugwoegbu’s immediate future at OU is on defense.

“He has exceptional length and athleticism that is difficult to coach. You just see his burst on film, which is rare for a guy with his kind of length.”
Lincoln Riley

“David will play outside linebacker for us to start,” remarked the head coach. “We’re excited about him. We targeted him pretty early in the recruiting process. He has exceptional length and athleticism that is difficult to coach. You just see his burst on film, which is rare for a guy with his kind of length. He’s been a great kid to recruit and has the kind of frame that we’re looking to add defensively. We think he fits in well with what Coach (Alex) Grinch wants to get done.”

As it stands, OU’s 2019 recruiting class is comprised of 13 defensive players and 11 offensive players. Four Sooners earned five-star status by 247Sports, ESPN or Rivals: wide receivers Jadon Haselwood (unanimous), Theo Wease (247Sports and Rivals) and Trejan Bridges (Rivals), and quarterback Spencer Rattler (247Sports and Rivals).

Nine of the Sooners’ signees are already attending OU classes and will participate in spring practice. They are Bridges, Haselwood and Wease, tight end Austin Stogner, offensive lineman Finley Felix, defensive linemen Derek Green and LaRon Stokes, linebacker Jonathan Perkins and defensive back Jamal Morris.

Oklahoma finished 12-2 in 2018, which was Riley’s second season as head coach. The Sooners won their fourth straight Big 12 title, advanced to the College Football Playoff for the third time in four seasons and finished No. 4 in the AP and coaches’ polls.

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