The Sooner recruiting 11

An early look at the halfway point of the recruiting cycle of the top names in OU's list for 2015.

We’re halfway through the recruiting calendar and Oklahoma stands at nine commitments right now for the Class of 2015.

A lot can and will change with the recruiting board, but here are the 11 most realistic targets the Sooners are pursuing.

It’s a combination of being offered, having legit mutual interest and whether or not it’s a commitment OU is going to take.

Arlington (Texas) Bowie offensive tackle Madison Akamnonu

Start with a commitment OU could pick up before the end of next month. He said he’s set for his decision Aug. 24, and it’s down to the Sooners and Texas Tech. He made his second trip to campus last weekend, and it’s obvious there’s a lot he likes about the program. It doesn’t hurt that his father graduated from the school and now his mother is onboard as well.

Lawton (Okla.) High offensive lineman Jalin Barnett

There’s a lot of these it seems every year where you find that in-state prospect early and sort of just wait it out until the commitment happens. The only realistic competition is from Arkansas and Oklahoma State and even that might be pushing it. It’ll be up to Barnett when he wants to make the call, but there’s no reason to think it will be to any other school than OU.

Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland

Much like Barnett, OU is in the driver’s seat with the Scout 300 prospect. But unlike Barnett, there is some real competition for his services. The biggest threat is coming from Columbus with Ohio State, especially with a proposed official visit to the Horse Shoe for the showdown against Michigan. Sunderland, though, should see OU before that trip and after that trip, it’s tough to see him leaving home.

League City (Texas) Clear Falls wide receiver John Humphrey/Aledo (Texas) High WR Ryan Newsome

Cheating here and combining OU’s top two receiver targets. OU is in a better spot with Humphrey than Newsome but continue to say don’t rule out the chance of the Sooners getting both at slot receiver. Notre Dame is by far the biggest competition for Humphrey, while Newsome will be a huge battle going into fall. Good news is each of them has already confirmed when they’re making their official visit to campus.

Waco (Texas) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton

The waiting game continues for this four-star prospect. The battle still feels like it’s between OU and Baylor. The Sooners have done just about everything they possibly can to help sway Haughton and his family. It definitely appeared Haughton’s commitment would have happened by this point, but now it seems like it could be at least a few more weeks or months. Again, the waiting game.

Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi offensive lineman Jamal Danley

If Danley could have visited the campus earlier this month, he might be off this board because he’d already be committed. But he delayed the trip and has planned for an official visit when Tennessee comes to town. Don’t be surprised if Danley makes the call after that visit, but it’s simply going to be about making sure he gets to campus.

Pineville (La.) offensive lineman Cody Ford

This is one prospect that could be off the board the next time we do this because he could be among the OU commits. The biggest threat is LSU even though Ford has been committed to TCU for nearly the entire calendar year. Ford didn’t get an LSU offer at the camp last weekend, which might be enough for OU to stay as the school to beat. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has stepped it up with Ford in the last couple of months.

Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler

OU has the slight edge over Texas, but it’s practically a case of 1a. and 1b. when it comes to the Sooners and Longhorns. Wheeler has seen everything he needs to with OU and the staff, but it feels like OU is going to have to survive at least one more Wheeler trip to Austin, either for an unofficial or official visit.

Columbus (Ohio) Franklin linebacker Anthony McKee

The key here will be to get him to campus. But unlike some of the other non-regional prospects, it does feel a trip to Norman could seal the deal instead of just putting the Sooners in the conversation. It’s obvious he is developing a strong connection with linebackers coach Tim Kish, and OU is making a charge despite the lack of visit. The visit could end things nice and early.

Reiterstown (Md.) Franklin offensive lineman Patrick Allen

By default it feels like you have to put Allen in this bunch even if there still is nothing concrete to say Allen and OU are on the same page. Allen hasn’t been bashful about talking up the Sooners and saying OU is among his top three schools. But still no wheels are in motion regarding an official visit to see just how strong that interest really is.

Missouri City (Texas) Marshall linebacker Cameron Townsend

Doesn’t get much more clear-cut than this. Texas is in the lead with OU and Oregon State the other schools in his top three. He’ll make official visits to all three schools this season and then make a decision. Townsend has been a frequent visitor to campus since the end of last summer, but it’s going to take something extra to push ahead of the Longhorns.

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