OU wish list: Defense

There aren't a lot of commitments on defense, but OU is in good shape for numerous prospects.

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 July. 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.

Defense

DE (2)

Committed: None.

Favorite: None.

Next in line: Ontario (Canada) St. Catharines’ Neville Gallimore. It’s possible Gallimore has grown himself right out of this conversation. But it’s sort of irrelevant if you believe he’s a defensive end or tackle because the bottom line is he’s a wanted man. By OU’s Jerry Montgomery and a host of other top coaches, won’t be easy to land Gallimore, who has exploded onto the scene in the last few months.

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.

Burton (Texas) High’s Louis Brown. OU seemed to be there with Brown earlier in the process before he committed to Baylor. Now that he’s back on the open market, don’t be surprised to see the Sooners do whatever is necessary to be back in the race. Doesn’t have the weight of a defensive end yet, but he definitely has the frame at 6-foot-6.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra’s Rasheem Green. One of the best in the nation, no doubt about that. Green recently released a top 15 with OU making the cut. No idea how serious the mutual interest is at this point, but it seems as though Green would entertain hearing from the Sooners more as his recruitment progresses.

San Pablo (Calif.) Contra Costa’s Takkarist McKinley. OU is hoping to pull off a double at Contra Costa and is certainly in the short list right now for McKinley. If the Sooners can stay in the hunt until an expected visit, no doubt OU will have a chance going forward.

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 quality options.

Next in line: San Pablo (Calif.) Contra Costa’s Deonte Reynolds. Part two of that double at Contra Costa. Like McKinley, Reynolds has already set up an official visit to OU for Bedlam weekend. OU could definitely take one juco tackle and Reynolds looks to be that guy as of now.

Cypress (Texas) Falls’ Du’Vonta Lampkin. Things are starting to clear up with Lampkin. He has his top five. He knows his five official visits. He’s done talking about schools that don’t really want him as much. The former OU commit is still in good standing with the Sooners, and OU easily made his final five cut. It doesn’t happen often, but it seems OU could earn his pledge a second time.

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.

On the radar: None. No position saw more kids leave the list than defensive tackle from last month so it will be back to work for Jerry Montgomery in the fall.

LB (3-4)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Dallas Skyline’s Anthony Wheeler. It’s all up to Wheeler now. It’s clear his top two schools are OU and Texas. It’s also clear Wheeler would love to see other schools for official visits. So it’s a waiting game to see what Wheeler ends up deciding. Getting him back on campus for the camp was huge for OU, especially being able to relax with Dallas Skyline product Frank Shannon and hear about how things are in Norman.

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: 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.

Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher’s Ricky DeBerry. Got to love recruiting as one month it felt like OU was out of it with DeBerry and now it feels like it’s back in. He visited with this father last year and sent out a tweet a couple of weeks ago saying he wants to get his mother to Norman for a visit. Tough to read that any other way but positive news for the Sooners.

On the radar: Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge’s Anthony McKee. Once OU missed out on fellow Ohio linebacker Justin Hilliard, linebackers coach Tim Kish wasted little time in offering McKee. This offer has seemingly meant a lot to McKee, who constantly mentions OU’s win against Alabama. A trip to Norman might be the only thing needed, but it’s a big thing for someone nearly 1,000 miles away.

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol’s Cassius Peat. This four-star prospect had been talking highly of OU for a while, but sometimes you want to see proof. He gave that last week with having the Sooners in his top six and also mentioning exactly when he’ll take an official visit. That’s how a non-regional recruit makes the wish list.

CB (2-3)

Committed (2): 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.

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson’s P.J. Mbanasor. This was a big one to secure for the Sooners because it felt like OU was in the lead for so long. Now instead of waiting through a long process and hoping it’s still on top, OU can relax. Mbanasor is a huge addition to the class and an example of OU being able to close the show. All it took was his parents to see the campus and agree with what Mbanasor was already thinking.

Favorite: None. With two cornerbacks already in the fold, OU can be a little more patient and wait for when it’s right to attack.

Next in line: 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 and schools on the west coast, especially UCLA, continue to turn up the heat.

On the radar: Ykili Ross and Iman Marshall. Lumping these guys together because they’re 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 with any of them. And it’s too early to say OU is a lost cause for any of them as well.

Gilmer (Texas) High’s Kris Boyd. Feels like you can include Boyd and Jaylon Lane in the same vein as the Cali kids. It’s clear they have OU interest, but no way anybody could say the Sooners are going to get either one of them. Lane is also already committed to Oklahoma State.

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. Seriously, the Sooners are looking to make this safety class with Sunderland and Haughton and call it a day. It would be one heck of a day if it turns out. No real discussion with any safeties here lately.

Names removed from last month: DL Kahlil McKenzie; DL Kingsley Keke; DL Breiden Fehoko; LB Justin Hilliard.


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