OU '15 early look: defense

Junior seasons are coming to a close, and it's never too early to start keeping tabs on some of OU's top 2015 defensive targets.

With the Class of 2014 starting to come together for Oklahoma, it's almost time to start looking ahead to the Class of 2015.

The Sooners are off to a great start with three commits and all of them in the Scout 300. Here is a look at 10 realistic defensive prospects for the 2015 class.

Manassas (Va.) Jackson defensive tackle Tim Settle (6-3, 310)

If you're going to dream, dream big. Nothing would mean more to OU's class than the addition of Settle. It's not likely to happen, but the Sooners have made the first of what should be several cuts as Settle absolutely has his choice of whatever school he wants to attend.

Mesquite (Texas) Poteet outside linebacker Malik Jefferson (6-3, 220)

It would be great for OU to get Jefferson for an unofficial visit soon. The Sooners have the distinction of being his first offer, which should help some but ultimately it won't mean too much because Jefferson is another recruit who has the whole world in his hands.

Gilmer (Texas) High cornerback Kris Boyd (6-1, 185)

Despite how highly rated he is, recruiting hasn't blown up for Boyd yet. That might be a good thing for OU because of just how early the Sooners got in there. His size is exactly what Mike Stoops is looking for in defensive backs.

Missouri City (Texas) Marshall cornerback Kendall Sheffield (6-0, 180)

OU is slipping with each month with Sheffield. Multiple planned trips to Norman have not materialized yet. Worse than that is he is visiting schools like Texas and Texas A&M when he would have originally been at OU. Sooners need a visit and soon.

Jenks (Okla.) High defensive tackle Marquise Overton (6-1, 301)

The offer all OU fans had been waiting for. Overton grew up a huge OU fan, but the Sooners only offered the Scout 300 prospect a couple of weeks ago. There were some questions about how he would fit into the system, but defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has obviously found the answers he wanted.

Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point outside linebacker Cameron Townsend (6-1, 195)

OU continues to be a factor for Townsend. The Sooners started talking to him in the spring and made the offer right before the season started. Townsend has made a couple of unofficial visits to campus but is a long way from making a decision.

Houston Cypress Falls defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin (6-4, 295)

There were some academic questions regarding Lampkin but not enough to deter OU from making a move. Lampkin committed to the Sooners earlier this week, giving OU a fantastic start with the class on the defensive side of the ball.

Dallas Bishop Dunne defensive tackle Darrion Daniels (6-4, 275)

Daniels was offered by OU and Notre Dame on the same day. He was very hopeful to have made a visit to campus during the season but things never quite came together for it this time around. As his film gets out more, his interest will continue to increase.

Dallas South Oak Cliff safety Jamile Johnson (6-0, 180)

The last two prospects were told the same thing during the summer. Show up to a game during the season, and you will get an offer. Johnson did that in October and earned the OU offer. Another defensive back with really nice size that OU looks for.

Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland (6-2, 185)

Sunderland almost earned an offer at OU's camp, but Mike Stoops said show up during the season and make it official. That happened the first game of the season. Oklahoma State has also offered, but the Sooners are starting to put some ground between them and everybody else after multiple unofficial visits this season.

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