OU wish list: Offensive tackle

The wish list returns with a look at OU's top offensive tackle targets.

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 late June. 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.

With it only being the summer, all of these are with offered prospects. Later in the cycle we'll return to guessing who might deserve an offer down the road.

Offense

OT (3)

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: Reiterstown (Md.) Franklin's Patrick Allen. Not really the name any OU fans were expecting to find this high in the list, but Allen has let it be known repeatedly in the last month how much he likes the Sooners. He keeps saying there is something alluring him to Norman and Bill Bedenbaugh so maybe it's just one of those things you don't question. Things will get even more serious if Allen does make a visit.

Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi CC's Jamal Danley. It's possible that when this list is unveiled next month, he is among the committed. Danley is set to visit OU this month and could be the time everything falls into place. He has a top five, but there has just been something about OU that feels like a top five might not matter when it's all said and done.

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 during the spring. A lot of schools are entering the mix in a hurry, but it should help the Sooners knowing Akamnonu's father graduated from OU. Texas feels like the unquestioned biggest threat.

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.

Many (La.) High's Garrett Thomas. Has gone through one thorough evaluation by the OU staff before finally getting the offer in May. Thomas has already made one unofficial visit to OU and don't be surprised if he makes another before the season starts. The offer might have taken some time, but there's a good chance it was well worth it for both parties involved.

On the radar: P>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.


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