2016 QBs with chance to shine

If it hasn't already, the search for OU's quarterback for the Class of 2016 officially begins this weekend.

This weekend has that special feeling at quarterback when it comes to Oklahoma and its on-campus camp. The same type of feeling that was in Norman two years ago.

Back then, it was Justice Hansen (OU), David Cornwell (Alabama), Jerrod Heard (Texas) and Coleman Key (Colorado State) coming to campus heading into their junior seasons.

This weekend could duplicate that feeling. A number of top in-state quarterbacks for the Class of 2016 are expected to make the trip, while a huge national name is possible to show up.

The search for the Class of 2015 quarterback hasn't been a huge one for OU. As time goes on, it looks like quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel has all his chips in with Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage five-star quarterback Torrance Gibson.

The Sooners ranked No. 4 with Gibson last week. If OU isn't able to secure Gibson, it feels like OU will move on and look at 2016. This weekend could be a glimpse of what the Sooners are staring at in the future.

2016 Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic QB Jarrett Guarantano

Start off with the biggest name in the conversation. Guarantano has 17 offers, and it's obvious the mutual interest is there. He's talked about OU, and Heupel visited him during the spring evaluation period. If an offer is going to happen, it happens here. Guarantano has already said a top five will be released in July so he's not playing around. Provided he comes, it will be one interesting session.

2016 Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe QB Keaton Torre

No longer in the shadows of Justice Hansen, Torre is starting to emerge as that quarterback his coaches talked about two years ago. His game is much more polished than it was last season. He has grown an inch or two and still has that sweet delivery. Things are going to pick up fast for Torre and don't be surprised if it's during this summer at various camps. Heupel might be able to go right back to Edmond Santa Fe for another quarterback.

2016 Mustang (Okla.) QB Chandler Garrett

Some quarterbacks look great in camps, while others excel in games. Garrett seems like a gamer. He's solid in camps, but you can see how good he can be in a competitive environment. Schools like Notre Dame and North Carolina are starting to show interest, but Heupel has recently started looking in his direction as well. Garrett emerged on the field as a sophomore and now could start to emerge on the recruiting trail this summer.

2016 Broken Arrow (Okla.) QB Scotty Gilkey

An interesting case here with Gilkey. Offered by ULM despite not having a varsity start last year at Jenks. Gilkey transferred to Broken Arrow last month and is hoping to make his imprint. He fared well at the Elite 11 QB regional last month and the OU interest is relatively new. Another quarterback with nice size in the state, Gilkey can help get his name out there even more this weekend.

A couple of other 2016 in-state quarterbacks are not going to be able to make it but are names to watch for OU. Del City's Terry Wilson said he would love to be at OU, but he had already committed to being at TCU's camp. Wilson said he grew up an OU fan so there's no ill will in the decision.

The other one to be on the watch for Tulsa Lincoln Christian's Micah Wilson. The Wilson family has a strong pedigree and Micah is no slouch. He also said he has already committed to be at another camp so he can't be in Norman.

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