OU's defensive back dilemma

OU is looking at five defensive backs for the class. Sooners in quality position with a lot more than that right now.

It's only April and things usually have a way of working themselves out, but it sure feels like it's going to be a numbers-crunching game for Oklahoma at defensive back for the Class of 2015.

The Sooners are going to be gunning for five total defensive backs. How they get there doesn't factor into too much. It could be two safeties and three cornerbacks or three corners and two safeties. That's not the point to emphasize.

The point of emphasis is how many legit OU targets remain on the board at both positions and how many realistic prospects are out there who don't have an OU offer yet but could in the future.

Let's break it all down.


Dallas South Oak Cliff cornerback Jamile Johnson

Maybe Johnson is smarter than the rest of the class. Offered by OU in October, Johnson committed to the Sooners on Valentine's Day. There have been times when it felt like OU was slipping with Johnson, but he has recently said he is still 100 percent about the Sooners. Classified as a safety, Johnson has said he will play cornerback at OU.

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Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor

Now the fun begins. The one-time TCU commit continues to be a top target for OU. And he recently said that if he had to sign today, he would be headed to Norman. Mbanasor has developed a great relationship with the OU coaches, and the Sooners seem like the clear favorite at this time.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills cornerback Dechaun Holiday

It's that California connection. Despite the distance, the work OU has done out west now makes it a factor for a lot of the top prospects in the region. Holiday has spoken highly of OU despite not having seen the campus. A visit would make things even more interesting.

Nacogdoches (Texas) High cornerback Jaylon Lane

Lane was hopeful to visit OU this last weekend but was unable to do so. No recruit has seen his stock soar more in the last month than Lane, and there's a reason for that. A one-time Ole Miss commit, everything is wide open, but he has said a lot of positive things about OU.

Gilmer (Texas) High cornerback Kris Boyd

Nothing too new to report with Boyd. Last month he released a top four that included OU, but he hasn't made it back to campus since a trip for junior day. No doubt OU will look in his direction during the spring period, and it will be a waiting game.

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Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland

You could argue Sunderland is the No. 1 overall target on the board right now. Every camp MVP performance puts him on the map more and more. He has said OU is his leader, but he's also going to take his time with his commitment. A big-time offer from Ohio State should be the first of many huge ones to come in next five weeks.

Waco (Texas) Midway safety Kahlil Haughton

Another four-star prospect, Haughton and his family have visited OU twice in the last two months. He was offered in person at junior day and then was back in Norman for the spring game. A decision will probably come in the summer, and OU should be there until the end.

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Lawton (Okla.) High defensive back Darreyl Patterson

It would be a record to see how fast Patterson would commit if offered. Maybe two seconds after the offer. Patterson has not hesitated to say OU is his dream school and the only offer he is searching for. He has some good news, but he waits for the Sooners. Solid ACT scores would just about cement that offer.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison cornerback A.J. Greeley

Like Patterson, Greeley hasn't been shy to say he wants to wear the crimson and cream. He visited OU last week for the spring game and finally got himself acquainted with the OU coaches. An eventual offer is certainly not out of the question as Pac-12 schools continue to come calling.

Manvel (Texas) cornerback Will Lockett

Manvel is a hot place to be right now, and OU is in good with the school with sophomore wide receiver Austin Bennett. Lockett also attended OU's junior day and wanted to be able to make it to OU's spring game. The school will no doubt be a top target for OU's coaches during this period.

Cedar Hill (Texas) cornerback Darrell Miller

Miller is starting to bust through a bit, picking up some notable offers. He was at OU's first junior day, but he might have to wait a bit for the offer. OU did the same thing with former teammate and eventual OU signee cornerback Marcus Green.

Broken Arrow (Okla.) High cornerback Markale Moses

The chips will have to fall into place for Moses for OU to come calling. Schools like Houston, Tulsa and Notre Dame are showing steady interest as well. The question is always going to be about his size, but Mike Stoops hasn't forgotten about Moses in the last couple of years.

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