Top OU defensive targets in Jr. Scout 300

OU needs some help with its defensive classes for both 2014 and 2015. Additions from some of these in the Scout 300 for 2015 certainly would add a boost.

Oklahoma is off to a great start on offense for the Class of 2015, but the Sooners need more help on defense than they do on offense.

If OU can land some of these targets in the junior Scout 300, it will be a nice start. Here is a list of realistic OU defensive targets in the Scout 300.

No. 2 Mesquite (Texas) Poteet LB Malik Jefferson

To say getting Jefferson is going to be tough, is about as big an understatement as you can make. Luckily for OU's chances, the Sooners were the first school to offer the highly coveted linebacker. Jefferson has talked openly about wanting to visit campus but has yet to do so. If OU can get him to come to Norman for an unofficial visit, that will be another strong step in the right direction.

No. 21 Missouri City (Texas) Marshall CB Kendall Sheffield

OU has some work to do with Sheffield. In the spring, it appeared the Sooners were almost the favorite. But planned unofficial visits have gone to other schools, most notably Texas A&M. If OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops doesn't step it up soon, this is one prospect that is likely to get away from OU sooner than later.

No. 43 Whitehouse (Texas) High safety Justin Dunning

Dunning took the initiative and then OU responded. The Sooners weren't looking in Dunning's direction heading into the satellite camp. Dunning had a mission. Show up, earn the offer. He did just that as Dunning was unquestionably the best recruit at the satellite camp. Texas and Texas A&M are squarely in the picture, too, so constant contact will be a necessity.

No. 99 Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point LB Cameron Townsend

OU missed out on an opportunity with Townsend as the Houston satellite camp was canceled. All it did was delay the inevitable as OU did offer Townsend. He visited campus two weeks ago and any linebacker is going to be high for the Sooners because of the need at the spot. A who's who in the country want Townsend as well so persistence is needed.

No. 185 Jenks (Okla.) High DT Marquise Overton

Another in-state prospect where it feels like it's a matter of when the offer is going to happen and not if it will. Overton fared well at OU's camp in June and is starting to rack up top offers. Once Overton gets some junior film, it shouldn't take long for Mike Stoops or defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery to officially extend the offer.

No. 266 Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland

Sunderland was a nobody at OU's camp in June. He almost left with an offer after a mere two hours of showcasing his talent. With great size and physicality, he feels like a natural fit for OU and especially for Mike Stoops. Another visit to OU last week has the Sooners in great position. All that's left is for Stoops to see Sunderland produce on the field and then the offer should be finalized.

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