OU junior day: Five to watch

Feeling confident about the 2014 class, OU turns all of its attention toward 2015 with the first junior day Saturday.

Oklahoma is ready to throw its hat in the ring for junior day. After watching a lot of rivals take their first shot last weekend, now it's time for the Sooners.

When all was said and done, almost every single OU target remains within reach after the busy junior day circuit last weekend.

The Sooners have themselves lined up for one heck of a day, provided everybody shows up as scheduled which is never a sure thing in recruiting.

No doubt all eyes will be on whether Plano (Texas) West running back Sotonye Jamabo and Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall four-star recruit J.W. Ketchum make it to campus. Both have said they're going to be there, but it's still up in the air.

Here is a look at five recruits who have guaranteed they're going to be in Norman on Saturday.

Cincinnati St. Xavier OLB Justin Hilliard (6-1, 215, No. 42 Scout 300)

Says a lot about what OU has been able to do at linebacker after the position was practically non-existent heading into the 2013 season. Hilliard has a lot of options, almost 50 offers at this point but has picked OU as his first junior day destination. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and linebackers coach Tim Kish have both made visits to Hilliard during this period, and it's huge for OU to start building that bond now.

Lawton (Okla.) High OG Jalin Barnett (6-4, 290, No. 58 Scout 300)

From building a bond with Hilliard to maintaining one with Barnett. There's no doubt OU has the lead in the early stages of his recruitment. Big-time schools like Stanford, Auburn and Alabama have also offered so this won't be an easy one to snag. But it's imperative OU does get Barnett to once again claim the top-ranked kid from Oklahoma. His grandfather loves OU, and his coaches have been getting the impression that maybe Barnett doesn't want to drag out this process.

Oklahoma City Casady OG Josh Wariboko (6-3, 305, No. 158 Scout 300)

One of two commits in this list, Wariboko has been committed to OU since June. Nobody is questioning his commitment, but he has been very active in seeing other schools. He has been at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, including for OSU's junior day last weekend even if it was just to help his brother out. Schools like Arkansas, A&M, Clemson have all come through his school this week. Schools won't give up so it's up to OU to make sure he has no reason to look around.

Houston Cypress Fallas DT Du'Vonta Lampkin (6-4, 295, No. 256 Scout 300)

When he committed in November, a lot of people were wondering if it was just because A&M and Texas hadn't offered. As time has gone on, his commitment has felt more solid as OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery continues to make his mark with Lampkin. The offers are starting to trickle in for Lampkin, who remains adamant he's going nowhere. This weekend is his first trip to Norman and a great first impression would go a long way in making sure his eyes don't wander.

Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus OT Keaton Sutherland (6-5, 260, No. 260 Scout 300)

Tough to say if a commitment is likely or even possible with Sutherland at this point, but it's a great sign he will be making another trip to Norman. This will be his third trip to OU since August, and it's obvious the Sooners are in a really good spot. OU is loading up for 2015 with the linemen first, and the addition of Sutherland and/or Houston Westfield's Toby Weathersby would be something all OU fans would celebrate.

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