For the first time in its existence, The Opening actually features somebody already committed to Oklahoma. The Sooners have fared well in the event when it’s all said and done, but this is the first time a recruit is already with the crimson and cream.
With the fourth edition getting underway Monday, here is a look at some of the notable OU targets in Oregon this week.
Canada Prep Football Academy defensive lineman Neville Gallimore
Nobody’s stock exploded more than Gallimore during the spring. He’s not under the radar at all anymore, which might end up hurting OU’s chances more than helping it. Gallimore has offers from just about every major school at this point and this is a huge chance for him to shine.
Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson
OU’s No. 1 target at quarterback and perhaps only target at the position. Sooners have their work cut out for them to topple Tennessee and Auburn in this battle, but OU continues to stay in the hunt as everything sort of works itself out.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive lineman Rasheem Green
OU has never had much success at Gardena Serra so don’t get your hopes up too much, but OU will do whatever it can to stay in the race in the upcoming months.
San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills defensive back Dechaun Holiday
A common thread here is OU attacking California kids and with almost all of them things would feel better if they had visited Norman at this point. Add Holiday to that department as tough for OU to feel like a real leader until it gets him to campus.
Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany wide receiver Desean Holmes
Holmes continues to be pursued by the Sooners and Jay Norvell has put in a lot of quality time and effort to make sure OU isn’t forgotten. West coast schools aren’t going to go down without a fight in a battle that should take a while.
Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker John Houston
One of the best in the nation, all OU can hope for is to get one of his visits in the fall. The only positive is that it feels like there are no clear favorites for Houston yet.
Jefferson (La.) Riverdale defensive back Donte Jackson
If OU can beat out LSU for Jackson, it would be a huge statement. The Sooners offered before the Tigers, but it feels like Jackson was always just waiting for that offer from LSU.
Plano (Texas) West running back Soso Jamabo
Things have quieted down on the Jamabo front, especially after the addition to Katy (Texas) High running back Rodney Anderson last month. OU would no doubt take Jamabo if he still wants to head to Norman, but the Sooners wouldn’t be in panic mode if he moves elsewhere.
Herriman (Utah) High offensive lineman Andre James
We’ll know his fate sooner than later. James said he’s going to announce at The Opening, and OU is one of his six finalists. Unfortunately, he hasn’t made a trip to Norman so it’s tough to envision the Sooners coming out on top at this point.
Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson defensive back P.J. Mbanasor
Committed to OU, Mbanasor will represent the Sooners in Oregon. Everything has been going as well as expected for OU and Mbanasor since his pledge.
Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome
Newsome has the Sooners in his final five, and that’s about as good as anybody can expect at this time. He has made multiple trips to Norman since the spring and has developed a great bond with the coaches. He is certainly a top target for OU at the slot position.
Midwest City (Okla.) High defensive back Will Sunderland
OU continues to be in the driver’s seat for the four-star safety although he still seems set to be patient on the trail and make some visits. He has made more visits to OU than any other school at this point.