OU's defensive 'wish list'

Still a lot of time to go and a lot of top targets on the board for OU when it comes to its defensive Class of 2015.

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.


DE (2-3)

Committed: None.

Favorite: None.

Next in line: Ontario (Canada) St. Catharines' Neville Gallimore. Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has made several defensive end offers before this month but none of them have really seemed to make a big imprint. So it has been back to work the last couple of weeks and Gallimore seems like a legit option at this point. Montgomery hasn't had a lot of time with him, but the relationship is developing fast. And, as usual, if OU can get a visit, things will get real interesting.

On the radar: Yazoo City (Miss.) High's Gabriel Campbell. Never easy to snatch a top Mississippi talent, but OU did it last year with Tito Windham so don't rule it out. Not a lot of offers so OU has also gotten in there nice and early before the wave of offers. Alabama is the biggest out of state threat so far, especially coming off a great visit to the Tide's spring game.

Round Rock (Texas) High's Breylin Mitchell. Been committed to TCU for a while, but there's a reason Montgomery keeps going back to Mitchell. His size is exactly what OU is looking for at defensive end, and the Sooners aren't even close to throwing in the towel on this one. Defensive end isn't looking too hot for OU right now, but it shouldn't be something OU fans worry about too much at the moment.

DT (2)

Committed (1): Jenks (Okla.) High's Marquise Overton. A lifelong OU fan, it was just a matter of when OU was going to make the offer. Understanding there are limited amount of spots for OU at this position, Overton waited less than two months after the offer to go ahead and decide to commit. Everything has been pretty smooth ever since the pledge.

Favorite: None. But don't panic as there are plenty of options.

Next in line: Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's Kahlil McKenzie. The newest five-star prospect, McKenzie recently said OU is among his five favorites. This is going to be one heck of a battle for the Sooners against schools with natural links to McKenzie such as Tennessee and Wisconsin. But defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has put in a lot of work to make this happen and his unofficial visit for junior day could not have gone any better.

Cypress (Texas) Falls' Du'Vonta Lampkin. Where to begin with this one? Is he a defensive tackle or defensive end? Is he still on OU's board? A one-time OU commit, Lampkin decommitted two weeks ago although he has been consistent to say the Sooners are still his No. 1 choice as of right now. Montgomery will no doubt check back in with Lampkin this spring, which should answer some of these lingering questions.

Dallas Bishop Dunne's Darrion Daniels. It has been a while since there has been some notable news with Daniels and the Sooners. OU was among his first offers, and he has already seen the campus. The offers have started to pile up in a hurry for Daniels so it's obviously crucial to get him back to Norman sometime soon.

Richmond (Texas) Ranch's Kingsley Keke. Another prospect where no reason for OU fans to feel down in the dumps right now. It feels like Texas might have the slight edge here, but the Sooners are still real players in his recruitment.

On the radar: Honolulu (Hawaii) Farrington's Breiden Fehoko. Committed to Texas Tech, Fehoko has talked of still visiting OU. With the family connection with the Red Raiders, though, going to be one tough cookie to crack.

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.

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: None. If OU is truly done recruiting Tim Settle, then that will eliminate any chance at all with fellow Virginia high school prospect Ricky DeBerry.

CB (2-3)

Committed (1): Dallas South Oak Cliff's Jamile Johnson. Last month there were still some questions about how firm his commitment was toward OU. But Johnson has been pretty adamant and vocal right now that he believes OU is the right choice for him and for where he wants to be. Offered in October, his pledge came as a bit of a surprise on Valentine's Day.

Favorite: Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson's P.J. Mbanasor. A long list of suitors, but it still feels like the Sooners have the inside track on everybody else in this race. OU was the second school to offer and has made a huge impression on him. It wouldn't hurt if he got meet former OU star Derrick Strait, either, since Mbanasor wears No. 2 in Strait's honor.

Next in line: Gilmer (Texas) High's Kris Boyd. OU is solidly in his top four at the moment, but there's still a lot of work to be done. Gilmer visited Norman for OU's first junior day, and the OU coaches have already made a stop to Gilmer during this evaluation period to let him know he's a top priority. The question is going to be if OU runs out of spots by the time Boyd is ready to make his call.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills' Dechaun Holiday. The question here is one we've seen pop up numerous times. When trying to take a kid far away from home, how much of an impact can you make before a visit is necessary? No question Holiday likes OU, but also he hasn't even been close to setting up a visit. Time will tell on this one.

On the radar: Ykili Ross and Iman Marshall. Lumping both of these guys together because they're both talking nicely about OU with nothing set yet. OU is now a player for Cali kids because of the recent success, but it's still too early to say OU has a great shot at either one of them.

Safety (2-3)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland. No shock here. OU was his first offer back in August and continues to put on the full court press to try to land his pledge. Outstanding camp performances have seen Sunderland become a hot commodity in the region, but there's no reason at all to think OU isn't 1a. or 1b. in this equation.

Waco (Texas) Midway's Kahlil Haughton. If OU can land Sunderland and Haughton and call it a day, no doubt the Sooners would accept that in a heartbeat. Haughton has made two trips to Norman, once for junior day and the other for the spring game. OU got in there nice and early for Haughton and should be there until the bitter end.

Next in line: None.

On the radar: None. This edition of the wish list is only for offered prospects so that narrowed things down a bit. As of right now, only Sunderland and Haughton appear to be legit OU targets at the position. It will obviously change as more offers come in, but nobody else on the board sounds like OU is in contention at the moment.

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