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The record-setting performance by running back Samaje Perine helped the Sooners close with two weekend visitors.

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The Oklahoma Sooners are working to finish the 2015 class strong and even got started on the 2016 class on Tuesday with two significant pledges.

The first came in the morning from Blinn Community College wide receiver Dede Westbrook, who put in a phone call to head coach Bob Stoops to let him know the good news following a weekend visit that caused him to cancel his other travel plans.

Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect right on the verge of a fourth star, Westbrook played his high school football at Cameron (Texas) Yoe, where he was a consensus three-star prospect with offers from the likes of Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

Now in his second year at Blinn, Westbrook has raised his profile -- he now ranks as the top junior college player in the Texas, the No. 4 wide receiver nationally in those ranks, and the No. 27 overall junior college prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

As his rankings have skyrocketed, so too has his offer list increased tremendously. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech stayed on him, with schools like Utah, Kansas State, Louisville, Missouri, Washington State, and West Virginia joining his recruitment.

In the end, however, the appeal of being able to play for championships in Norman was too much for him to turn down.

At 5'11 and 175 pounds, Westbrook has the build of a slot receiver, similar to that of current Oklahoma star Sterling Shepard, who is an inch shorter but packs 15 extra pounds of muscle on his frame.

The first thing that stands out about Westbrook is his quickness off the ball -- he's a short strider with impressive burst and a listed 4.38 40 time. Since he can chop his feet at a high speed, his ability to sink his hips, plant his foot, and get in and out of his breaks quickly is four-star quality.

The route-running ability translates to vertical routes, where he can use his shoulder and a quick inside step to fake a post route before running past an overmatched safety.

For Westbrook, everything he does looks natural and effortless on the field, from his burst to the way that he consistently attacks the ball with his hands to his ability to stick his foot in the ground and change direction after the catch to pick up yardage.

Next season, with Shepard and Westbrook working to the field and Dorial Green-Beckham to the boundary, the Sooners should boast a wide receiver corps that will rank among the best in the Big 12 and in the country.

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Westbrook is now the 16th pledge in an Oklahoma class that ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 21 nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings. The Blinn product is also the first pure wide receiver in the class to commit, though League City (Texas) Clear Falls athlete John Humphrey will likely play the position as well.

The second Tuesday pledge came in the early afternoon from Mesquite (Texas) North Mesquite offensive tackle Jean Delance, a rising consensus four-star prospect now ranked as the No. 27 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 38 prospect in the state of Texas.

Entering the season, he was a relative unknown at the Mesquite school that produces less talent than West and Poteet, but that all changed once TCU offered him in September -- the Horned Frogs are known for the ability to identify talent early, though other programs in the region have certainly caught on to that fact now.

Delance now has offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech.

Like Westbrook, Delance was a visitor for the Kansas game over the weekend and saw emerging star running back Samaje Perine set the NCAA single-game record for most rushing yards behind the big and physical Oklahoma offensive line. Delance picked up his offer on the visit and then wasted little time making his decision.

Despite the short timeframe between his offer and his commitment, the industry caught wind of his intentions, with six predictions coming in for the Sooners in Delance's Crystal Ball over a short period of time.

The 6'5, 270-pounder has a lean frame packing little bad weight, so it's a bit surprising that he weighs as much as he does -- he will have to work hard in the weight room to add the strength and mass to compete at the college level.

A right tackle for North Mesquite, Delance has all the mobility that one would expect from a 275-pounder -- he's capable of pulling and getting to the second level with ease. He can also at times show an impressive punch even though he doesn't have a great deal of apparent strength.

Since he's a good athlete and can get into his kick step with excellent quickness, the physical tools are there, most likely including the flexibility that will be the key to his development. However, he needs a lot of work with his technique, as he doesn't often get his hand placement right and there isn't much evidence that he can roll out of his hips with a flat back to win at the line of scrimmage.

Recruiting momentum can be a notoriously fickle thing, but it appears that the Sooners managed to pick up some of it with the record-setting performance of Perine over the weekend that showcased Oklahoma's ability to dominate the line of scrimmage.

Combine that with the other returning skill position talent and the future clearly became quite appealing for the two impressive Texas prospects.