Sunderland, Overton top '15 Bedlam battles

Bedlam on Saturday morning will give either OU or OSU a nice boost with in-state kids for the 2015 class.

After a couple of years of in-state Bedlam battles almost being non-existent between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the intensity returned for the Class of 2014.

Each side has been able to stick its chest during this cycle and a major battle is still underway for Scout 300 Jenks (Okla.) safety Steven Parker.

As the Parker battle wages on, it's time to turn the page to the Class of 2015 and what could develop into more top battles.

Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko

OSU is in a huge uphill climb here. Wariboko grew up an OU fan, got the Sooners offer and wasted little time in committing to OU in early June. The Cowboys have extended the offer and are pursuing Wariboko pretty hard, but it's tough to envision anything changing right now between Wariboko and OU. And if it does, it will most likely be because of all the other top schools that have already shown considerable interest in Wariboko.

Midwest City safety Will Sunderland

Sunderland's story is a lot like Parker's for this year. OU made the first offer and in a way discovered him first. Following a great camp outing at OU, Sunderland was offered at OU's first home game of the season. The next week it was OSU that came calling and made the offer. Same thing happened with Parker. Sunderland should emerge as a major national target so getting in nice and early was the smart thing by both schools.

Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton

Overton has grown up a huge OU fan, but this time around it was the Cowboys who struck first with the offer. After junior film evaluation, the Sooners offered a couple of weeks ago. But Overton is going to be able to pick and choose his school so if either program is looking for an early commitment, they might be disappointed. If they can wait it out, Overton would be a huge addition.

Lawton offensive guard Jalin Barnett

Flip the Overton script. Barnett was all about OSU growing up but still does not have an offer from the Cowboys at this point. OU didn't waste any time at all with Barnett, offering him during the spring. He has made five unofficial trips to OU since the spring but is pretty content with letting the process play out. The top prospect in the state, it's going to be a long battle no matter what school ends up on top.

Edmond North linebacker Caileb Booze

Not quite ready for an offer, but it might just be a matter of time. Booze admits he grew a huge OSU fan but is looking toward OU for the academic side of things. Following multiple unofficial visits to both schools this fall, he's done talking a favorite. He's not an OSU lean by any means, and he's not an OU lock if the Sooners look his way. Once he gets that first offer, things should start rolling for Booze.


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