Sizing up OU recruiting: 2015 DE

OU's defensive line is under a new direction with Jerry Montgomery and it's showing in recruiting.

You've had more than a month to digest Oklahoma's stellar Class of 2014. And with both junior days in the books, the crystal ball is starting to become a little clearer for OU's 2015 class.

It's time to look at the early offers and where OU stands. For some, it's great. For others, the door is closed and both sides have moved on.

This is not the Wish List, which will return to SoonersIllustrated.com in April. Instead this is examining all offers at the position and listed in order of Scout's rankings.

Defensive end

Defensive line has gone through the biggest change in the last year under the guidance of Jerry Montgomery. His focus has been on much bigger guys than what had been recruited before.

OU is loaded for the future at defensive end, but the Sooners will look to add at least one and probably two more into the mix.

Chesapeake (Va.) Smith's Josh Sweat (6-5, 230, No. 2 DE)

A five-star recruit, Sweat and OU haven't had much interaction so far. Not out of it, but nothing to suggest OU is in it, either.

St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin Derham Hall's Jashon Cornell (6-3, 245, No. 8 DE)

OU made his first cut, but when you have as many offers as Cornell has, that doesn't mean too much at this point.

Ennis (Texas) High's James Lockhart (6-4, 250, No. 11 DE)

OU has entered the race in a major way with Lockhart, offering him at its first junior day. Some question about his position, though. Lockhart has given the impression that the Sooners see him at linebacker.

Round Rock (Texas) High's Breylin Mitchell (6-4, 255, No. 25 DE)

Committed to TCU, but that hasn't stopped the Sooners from turning up the heat. OU loves his size and speed and what he would bring to the defensive line.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton's Mufi Hunt (6-6, 215, No. 39 DE)

The 215 might be a little light for OU but that's what the strength and conditioning program is for. And OU hasn't had a problem hitting Utah before and Sooners obviously want to be there again.

Burton (Texas) High's Louis Brown (6-6, 207, No. 46 DE)

Brown committed to Baylor two weeks ago but has been very open about saying things aren't 100 percent locked up. It will be interesting to see if OU continues to pursue him this spring.


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