Sizing up OU recruiting: 2015 LB

OU is back in the linebacker game and hasn't been afraid to offer the biggest names in the 2015 class.

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 in April. Instead this is examining all offers at the position and listed in order of Scout's rankings.


No position has gone through more of an overhaul in terms of what the fans expect out of it in the last year. Linebacker was a huge question mark heading into the 2013 season, not anymore.

Tim Kish was able to add three quality prospects for the 2014 class and has positioned himself well here early for the 2015 crop.

Mesquite (Texas) Poteet's Malik Jefferson (6-3, 220, No. 1 OLB)

OU's best shot with Jefferson continues to be it was the first school to offer. It's something he hasn't forgotten, but it also hasn't helped just yet in terms of getting him on campus. If it doesn't happen this spring, might be time to accept it's not happening.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra's John Houston (6-3, 197, No. 2 OLB)

Another five-star prospect, OU got to know a lot more about Houston when recruiting his former teammate Adoree Jackson for the last class. Too early to see if OU is a realistic competitor at this point for Houston.

Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's Ricky DeBerry (6-2, 240, No. 3 OLB)

The offers are still continuing to pile up for DeBerry, but OU was there early. The Sooners were also able to get him on an unofficial visit to camp last summer. But he'll be a tough one to pluck from that region.

Cincinnati St. Xavier's Justin Hilliard (6-2, 210, No. 5 OLB)

All the top Midwest schools are coming after Hilliard and rightfully so. It means something that OU was his first junior day visit. He has been a bit busy making the rounds since, but the Sooners are still in the early picture.

Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton's Osa Masina (6-4, 205, No. 7 OLB)

OU offered Masina a long time ago. At the time, it felt like Masina was going to end up at running back. But he has grown too much to be at that position.

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol's Cassius Peat (6-4, 235, No. 16 OLB)

Right now it's tough to discard OU whenever it makes an offer in Arizona because of the Sooners recent success there. Peat is no stranger to the process, and OU is in the mix right now. To what extent remains to be seen.

Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point's Cameron Townsend (6-1, 195, No. 17 OLB)

Townsend and OU have a nice relationship right now. He has visited the campus a couple of times and the plan is for Townsend to be able to make it back to Norman during the spring. Sooners targeted him nice and early.

Lawrenceville (Ga.) Gwinnett's Adonis Thomas (6-4, 210, No. 21 OLB)

Not too much one way or the other regarding Thomas.

Hoover (Ala.) High's Darrell Williams (6-3, 217, No. 26 OLB)

Will not be easy at all to take an Alabama product out from under Alabama or Auburn, but Williams has early interest.

Barnegat (N.J.) High's Manny Bowen (6-2, 206, No. 31 OLB)

Not too much known at this point for Bowen and OU.

River Ridge (La.) John Curtis' Bo Wallace (6-4, 205, NR)

OU was the first school to offer Wallace last month. No idea how much that's going to mean for the three-star prospect going forward. He is starting to rack up the offers, but it's too early to see where he stands.

Dallas Skyline's Anthony Wheeler (6-2, 225, No. 5 ILB)

The only pure inside linebacker offered by the Sooners at this point, but boy it's a good one. Wheeler looks like a college prospect right now in terms of his body type. Add in a great junior day visit to Norman earlier this month, and Sooners should be in the hunt for a long while.

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