The Class of 2015 is halfway there for Oklahoma, but it’s never too early to start dissecting what the Sooners are up to for 2016.
Here is a list of OU’s offers at every position and one name to watch. The name to watch isn’t necessarily the most likely to commit but just a name to keep on your radar going forward.
Shreveport (La.) Baptist Academy’s Shea Patterson (6-2, 190, No. 1 QB)
Arlington (Texas) Lamar’s Shane Buechele (6-2, 185, NR)
Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic’s Jarrett Guarantano (6-4, 195, No. 10)
One to watch: Buechele. Although Guarantano listed OU in his top four on Friday, it feels like the Sooners are going to have a much better chance with Buechele. His older brother, Garrett, played baseball for the Sooners and he has two sisters at OU right now. Coinciding with Josh Heupel making the offer first to Buechele, it looks pretty for OU at this time. If the 2015 quarterback watch has been devoid of drama, Heupel should make up for it with 2016.
OKPreps to watch: Del City’s Terry Wilson. Edmond Santa Fe’s Keaton Torre is the higher-ranked prospect, but it’s tough to not be impressed with Wilson right now. Once he gets some junior film out there, don’t be surprised to see him climb up the charts. So far, though, OU hasn’t been on the radar. His trips have included TCU, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
One to watch: Euless (Texas) Trinity’s Jaron Wilson. Incredible that the only spot for 2016 where OU has no offers at is running back. Says a few things like how happy OU is with the group that’s on campus. And it also speaks to the fact with OU’s reputation, running backs coach Cale Gundy can move in and zero in on somebody and make it count. Wilson could be one of those guys.
OKPreps to watch: Norman North’s Quan Hogan. This gets a big “duh,” right? Hogan has been sensational in his two seasons at Norman North and should only explode even more as a junior. There have been a lot of skeptics with Hogan because of his unnatural position. Is he a running back? Is he a receiver? Really doesn’t matter because all he does is produce, and it won’t take long before the offers start rolling in.
Sachse (Texas) High’s Devin Duvernay (5-10, 175, No. 2)
Manvel (Texas) High’s Reggie Hemphill (6-1, 175, No. 9)
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West’s Darian Owens (6-0, 180, No. 16)
Miami Gulliver Prep’s Dionte Mullins (6-0, 165, No. 19, committed to Miami)
Dallas Baptist’s Camron Williams (6-3, 190, No. 46)
One to watch: Williams. The breakout star of OU’s satellite camp in the Dallas area two months ago, Williams now has offers from OU and TCU. Will be interesting to see what he does as a junior, but he has definitely already caught the eye of receivers coach Jay Norvell. Intrigued to see if he makes any unofficials to Norman this fall.
OKPreps to watch: Westmoore’ Deshawn Lookout. Committed to OU to play baseball already, Lookout should emerge as one of the state’s best receivers as well. Going forward it will be about watching where his passion is. Right now it feels like he’s all-in with baseball, but there’s no denying his ability on the gridiron as well.
Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus’ Kaden Smith (6-5, 235, No. 2 TE)
One to watch: The only offer in the group, and Smith was offered more than a year ago by the Sooners. Smith will end up having offers from a who’s who in college football so OU will have to be diligent to stay in the conversation.
OKPreps to watch: None. As of today, nobody you can single out and say that’s going to be the guy.