OU's offensive 'wish list'

A lot of top targets are out there for the Sooners in trying to complete their 2015 class.

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.

Here is an idea of where OU stands in 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.


QB (1)

Committed: None.

Favorite: None.

Next in line: Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage's Torrance Gibson. The lingering question is whether or not Gibson's visit to OU over spring break has made a lasting impression on him. It's clear some schools like Ohio State and Tennessee are going to be tough to beat, but the Sooners being No. 6 isn't a bad place to start in his initial top 15 when there's so much room for improvement.

Fort Bend (Texas) Marshall's J.W. Ketchum. The interest is there for the Sooners, that much we know. What remains to be seen is where exactly that interest is for Ketchum. One of the more polarizing prospects of the class, it's not 100 percent certain exactly where he can be classified. Quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back are all legit options.

On the radar: Norman (Okla.) North's John Kolar. OU has offered Gibson and Ketchum, but it hasn't extended the invitation to Kolar, an Oklahoma State commit. OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has gotten to know Kolar better, and Kolar freely admitted he dreamed of being OU's starting quarterback. If the Sooners come his way during the spring, will anything change?

RB (2)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Plano (Texas) West's Sontye Jamabo. Better known as Soso, it sure feels like the Sooners have the inside track the long, lanky four-star prospect. OU running backs coach Cale Gundy has done a great job cultivating the relationship, and OU was one of the few visits from Jamabo during the junior day/spring game months. No telling if a commitment is imminent, but OU is in good shape.

Next in line: Cedar Hill (Texas) Aca'cedric Ware. The line is starting to form for Ware's services, and OU got there at the right time. Stock has soared in spring evaluation period and said he is set to see the Sooners during what should be a crazy third week of June for Ware, who is intending to visit one top program after another.

Houston Episcopal's Tyreik Gray. A fascinating recruit if only because not too much is revealed through Gray himself. He lists top five schools on Twitter, and OU always makes the cut. He reported an OU offer a long time ago when not much was known about him at all. The spring evaluation period should help clear things up about how much mutual interest actually exists.

On the radar: Berea (Ky.) Madison Southern's Damien Harris. The No. 1-ranked running back in the country. When he released his top 10 a while back, OU made the cut. Since that point nothing to really gauge whether or not OU has fallen off or helped itself get into the race even more.

WR (2-3)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge's Alex Ofodile. Talk about a recruit that understands the process. He is getting everything out of making his unofficial visits and hopes to have a decision soon although it has been pushed back from his original plan. Good news for OU is the four-star prospect has made two trips to Norman, once for junior day and another time for a spring practice.

Next in line: Aledo (Texas) High's Ryan Newsome. After taking an unofficial to OU back in September, Newsome made two trips to Norman in March. It's clear the relationship he is building with wide receivers coach Jay Norvell means a lot to him. But there are so many suitors for Newsome, and he has been pretty open about seeing all schools he can.

Lufkin (Texas) High's Keke Coutee. Flying by under the radar right now but was one of OU's first offers at the position last summer as Norvell continues to target East Texas. A one-time Texas commit, it looks like the Sooners and Texas Tech are the two biggest options right now. OU would take Newsome or Coutee but incredibly tough to envision a scenario of taking both.

Pasadena (Calif.) Muir's Desean Holmes. OU's influence out west has that going in its favor, but west coast schools are going to do all they can to make sure Holmes doesn't get away. Holmes has talked highly of the Sooners despite not making a visit. Obviously a visit would go a long way toward OU being in better standing, and OU is making sure he realizes how big of a target he is.

On the radar: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Christian Kirk. You can almost lump in Cedar Hill (Texas) High's DaMarkus Lodge in this same spot. Two highly ranked receivers that are wanted by a who's who in college football. With Lodge being so close in proximity to OU, it might be a little more disappointing he hasn't really tried to see OU lately. Kirk wanted to for the spring game but stayed home and took the ACT.

TE (1)

Committed: None.

Favorite: None.

Next in line: Fayetteville (Ark.) High's C.J. O'Grady. The Sooners are in the conversation, but it's also clear his trip to OU for the spring game didn't blow him away. Conversely, his trip to Texas the following week looks like it has positioned the Longhorns right there in the thick of things as well. Arkansas is always going to remain an option as well. Still feels like OU's best shot at a tight end.

On the radar: Olathe (Kan.) North's Josh Moore. The talks of OU offering Moore has been in the works for months. But as OU waited, a bevy of top schools didn't and already made the offer. OU officially joined the race Friday morning. Though OU has a solid relationship built with Moore, the question is did it wait too long to be relevant?

Roland (Okla.) High's Austin Cantrell. The big thing with Cantrell is his positioning. Do you see him as a tight end or defensive end? Cantrell said OU sees him more as a defensive end than anything else although he has a nice frame to also play tight end. But the real difficulty for OU here is he's a firm commit to Arkansas who jumped when the Hogs made the offer.

OG/C (2)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Lawton (Okla.) High's Jalin Barnett. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the state for a reason, Barnett and OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh have a tremendous relationship. Barnett has seen OU more times than any other school combined, including making another trip to Norman for the spring game. His offer list is impressive, but the Sooners still look like the school to beat.

Next in line: None. It still feels like OU is putting all of its eggs in the OKPreps basket with Barnett and Wariboko.

On the radar: Oklahoma City Casady's Josh Wariboko. We all know the story at this point of the one-time OU commit. If the relationship can be mended with his younger brother, Max Wariboko, then OU will be in a great position. Bedenbaugh has worked so hard with Josh Wariboko that it's tough to imagine him going anywhere else. But Wariboko wants to see what else is out there, and unfortunately for OU, there is a lot out there as he has the most offers in the state for the 2015 class.

OT (3-4)

Committed (1): Allen (Texas) High's Bobby Evans. A firm commit to OU since July, it's tough to envision Evans going anywhere. His older brother, Tay Evans, is a 2014 signee for the Sooners, while his father played basketball at OU. Bobby Evans just continues to grow more and more and developing into a top offensive tackle prospect for the class.

Favorite: Mesquite (Texas) Horn's Conner Dyer. Even though his offer list keeps increasing and features some big-time names in college football, somehow OU always gets itself back in the picture. He was offered in person by offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh at junior day and was back at OU for the spring game. Add in his friendship with signee Jonathan Alvarez and his family, and things look good.

Next in line: Arlington (Texas) Bowie's Madison Akamnonu. After attending OU's junior day, he wasn't sure where he stood. It became real clear when OU offered the first day Bowie wore pads last week. A lot of schools are entering the mix in a hurry, but it should help the Sooners knowing Akamnonu's father graduated from OU.

Coppell (Texas) High's Connor Williams. At this time last year he was a tight end searching for that first offer. A position change has done him wonders and Bedenbaugh loves the potential he sees in Williams. He was able to make it to campus for a spring scrimmage, and in all likelihood, he will return to Norman sometime soon. His offer total has skyrocketed in last three weeks.

Herriman (Utah) High's Andre James. OU was able to go into Utah and snag Kenyon Frison for the 2014 class and is hoping to do the same with James. A team effort of Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery, the OU coaches have been in contact with James since the summer and have built a solid rapport. No shock OU made the cut of his top six and should land one of those official visits.

On the radar: Cincinnati Winton Woods' George Brown. He got OU fans excited in a major way in January when he said a bunch of 2015 prospects were headed to the same school with Joe Mixon implying it was OU. Nothing has happened since then, but Brown continues to mention he really wants to visit OU even if it hasn't occurred at this point.

Special teams (1)

Committed: Belleville (lll.) West kicker Austin Seibert. It might be tough for OU fans to be fired up about a kicker being the lone OU commit in three months, but special teams coach Jay Boulware made sure Seibert was coming to Norman. Following his second visit to the campus, he committed so OU doesn't have to worry about kicker or punter for the next couple of years.

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