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.
Favorite: Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage's Torrance Gibson. It's all-in on the five-star prospect right now. OU has some catching up to do, currently ranked No. 4 in Gibson's top seven. The bright side for OU fans is every other school in Gibson's list already has at least one quarterback commitment, while Josh Heupel is biding his time and hoping Gibson can fall into his lap. Tennessee and Auburn are certainly the two biggest threats.
Next in Line: None. In a rarity, it feels like OU is going to land Gibson or go without a quarterback for this class. All quarterback recruiting this spring has been for the 2016 crop so the plan seems to be set.
Committed (1) Katy (Texas) High's Rodney Anderson. OU did everything right in getting the four-star all-purpose back to switch from Texas A&M to the Sooners. After decommitting from the Aggies in April, Anderson returned to Norman for the camp and spent all three days at OU before making it official. If Anderson ends up as the lone back for the class, nobody is going to be complaining.
Favorite: Plano (Texas) West's Sotonye Jamabo. Better known as Soso, OU has felt like the frontrunner, but the Anderson commitment certainly could have changed things. No doubt schools like Notre Dame, Baylor and Oregon aren't going to throw in the towel. So the question for the summer is do the Sooners still want Jamabo as much as they did a couple of months ago. It would be one heck of a one-two punch from the state of Texas.
Next in line: Cedar Hill (Texas) Aca'cedric Ware. His recruitment exploded during the spring evaluation period, no disputing that. Ware has been pretty consistent about his summer in that he wants to take as many unofficial visits as possible. OU has been mentioned, but when somebody takes so many visits at once, it's tough to stand out. It's a waiting game.
Houston Lamar's Tyreik Gray. Still not too much is known about the four-star recruit who has transferred from Houston Episcopal to Houston Lamar this spring. He's still consistent with saying OU is in his top five, but it doesn't sound like the Sooners are paying as much attention to Gray as some other backs. That could change, obviously, and OU seems to be in a good spot.
On the radar: None.
Favorite: Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge's Alex Ofodile. Who knows what it means with Ofodile delaying his decision and pushing back his timeline multiple times? Could be something, could be nothing. OU is still in great standing with Ofodile, but recent interest from schools like Oregon and Michigan State have made things more interesting combined with Missouri and Notre Dame lurking for his services.
Clear Falls (Texas) League City's John Humphrey. The battle felt like it was down to OU and Baylor with the Bears coming out on top. But it seems more than ever that the Sooners are going to end up winning the war. Humphrey is developing a huge relationship with wide receivers coach Jay Norvell and seems more likely to wind up in Norman instead of Waco at this point.
Next in line: Aledo (Texas) High's Ryan Newsome. Here's another recruit who has been about as active as possible on the trail. And though most are talking about schools out west or Texas, the Sooners continue to quietly stay in the hunt. Three visits since October is a great sign, and it's clear he's a top slot target for OU.
Lufkin (Texas) Highs' 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. Where he stands in the pecking order with Humphrey and Newsome seems to be the biggest question going forward.
On the radar: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro's Christian Kirk. Kirk listed OU in his top 10, but it still seems awfully unlikely anything materializes. OU has sort of seen the writing on the wall and hasn't pursued as much as even Kirk was hoping for.
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.
Favorite: Olathe (Kan.) North's Josh Moore. When you're only looking to snag one target, you can be pretty selective. Tight ends coach Jay Boulware is doing just that, and it's apparent that No. 1 target is Moore. Evaluated a lot during the winter and spring, picked up the offer and returned to OU for a visit. If OU can survive Moore's trips to Ohio State, Auburn and Florida State, Sooners will be doing very well.
Next in line: None. C.J. O'Grady and Austin Cantrell are both committed to Arkansas, and it's clear Boulware will ride out the Josh Moore train as long as necessary. No other tight end option is legitimate right now.
On the radar: None.
Committed (1): Lancaster (Texas) High's Dominique Hearne. It's not a commitment that blew people away, but it was a big one for a big position of need. With the way OU's 2014 class is shaping up with some linemen not being able to make it, any addition is huge. Hearne is a quality three-star prospect that feels like he can be molded into something by Bill Bedenbaugh. His first trip to Norman confirmed that for Hearne, who later committed that week.
Favorite: Lawton (Okla.) High's Jalin Barnett. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the state for a reason, Barnett continues to be among OU's top overall targets. For no reason at all, he was back at OU this month for the camp as he continues to grow his deep relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh. Oklahoma State and Arkansas will be in the mix, but it's tough to see the Sooners not finding a way to pull this one out as of now.
Next in line: None. The ship has sailed for Oklahoma City Casady's Josh Wariboko. But it's possible somebody like Mesquite (Texas) Horn's Conner Dyer is seen more as a guard than tackle at this point. No time to panic as of this month.
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: 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.
Special teams (1)
Committed (1): 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 as Seibert could possibly handle both duties.