OU's linebacker 'wish list'

The wish list turns its attention to linebacker this time around where there are several top OU prospects on the board.

With all spring games in the books, things are starting to work themselves out on the recruiting trail. It's time to start looking more intently on Oklahoma's "wish list" for the Class of 2015.

SoonersIllustrated.com is going to examine the recruiting situation for the Sooners at every single position in the next week.

Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into May. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2015. The names in no way reflect OU's official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.

LB (3-4)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Dallas Skyline's Anthony Wheeler. There's a strong feeling that if OU can get Wheeler back to campus, it could find a way to wrap this up. It's clear it's a two-school race with the Sooners battling familiar foe Texas. The Longhorns got the most recent visit from Wheeler so OU is back to work in trying to land his pledge.

Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point's Cameron Townsend. He's not the biggest linebacker in the class, far from it. But one look at his tape and it's obvious why so many schools are so high on what Townsend brings to the table. He has made three trips to OU since last summer, and there's no doubt the Sooners are in that short list. The question is if OU can close the deal?

Next in line: Cincinnati St. Xavier's Justin Hilliard. OU is still hanging around a solid three months since his trip to Norman. No doubt every single regional school is going to do what it can to keep Hilliard close to home, but no reason to discount the Sooners at this point.

Indianapolis Lawrence Central's Darrin Kirkland. One of OU's most recent offers, the Sooners made his first cut the day they made the offer. That's about all there is to say at this point as nothing will help OU's chances until it is able to get him to camp or campus.

River Ridge (La.) Curtis Christian's Bo Wallace. OU was the initial offer for Wallace. As it turns out, it was the first of many, many offers. He really wanted to make the trip to Norman for the spring game but was unable to make it. No telling if that ends up being the only chance OU could have had to make an impression.

On the radar: Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher's Ricky DeBerry. Another elite talent that visited OU last summer for its camp although he did not participate. That visit is about the only thing to cling for in terms of hope so far for the Sooners. See how things progress from here.

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