OU's defensive 'wish list'

Offense is pretty set, but there are a number of spots open for OU on defense.

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 October. 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.

Defense

DE (2)

Committed (2): Metairie (La.) Rummel’s Tyrell Jacobs. The first of OU two defensive end commits in July, Jacobs beat Kenneth Mann by 48 hours. It was all about getting him to campus and making sure his parents felt comfortable with everything. They did, which left no reason for Jacobs to delay the inevitable.

Burleson (Texas) High’s Kenneth Mann. Unlike Jacobs, Mann didn’t have his parents but still felt no reason to delay the decision. Not a highly recruited end by most schools, Mann seems to have the perfect size for what Jerry Montgomery is looking for at defensive end going forward. Sometimes scheme is more important than anything else.

Favorite: Ontario (Canada) St. Catharines’ Neville Gallimore. Montgomery made a huge impression with Gallimore in the winter and things have never slowed down. Gallimore had a great official visit to OU in September and quickly released a top five after the visit with OU easily making the cut. He still has more visits to take, but OU is in solid shape.

Next in line: 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. He wants to make an official visit to campus.

On the radar: 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 OU might be able to land one of his official visits.

Lincolnton (N.C.) High’s Darian Roseboro. OU’s newest offer could be an intriguing one to watch. Decommitted from Michigan earlier this week, just hours after the Sooners extended the offer. Also just visited North Carolina State. Still too early to say anything, but he’s the definition of on the radar.

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.

Next in line: San Pablo (Calif.) Contra Costa’s Deonte Reynolds. Reynolds has already set up his official visit to Norman for Bedlam weekend. With the high quality OU has seen from its defensive tackles, getting an immediate impact might become necessary. A lot can change going forward, but the visit has been set since the summer.

Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Darrion Daniels. He finally broke his silence in August with a top 10. OU easily made that list and most believe it’s really only down to three schools with Texas Tech and Baylor joining that race. His father played for the Red Raiders so it will be a challenge for OU to lure him to Norman.

LB (3-4)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin’s Anthony McKee. He wanted to visit OU during the summer. That never happened, but he did arrive in Norman for an official visit in September and OU delivered the good. Michigan State is the biggest (and only) threat to land McKee, who was incredibly close to committing to OU on the visit.

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.

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol’s Cassius Peat. Linebackers coach Tim Kish has had a great relationship with Peat through recruiting his other brothers and now it is even better after his official visit. Peat really connected well with the OU players and enjoyed being with Bob Stoops. He’s going to take his time, but OU has made a positive first impression.

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 with Texas and Oregon State. Decision should come in late October following all three of those official visits.

Next in line: Orange (Calif.) Lutheran’s Keisean Lucier-South. The five-star prospect has gone from a fringe guy to a legit prospect for the Sooners. OU made the best possible impression it could during his official visit. UCLA seems to be the biggest threat, but OU is no longer just a token finalist for his services.

Etiwanda (Calif.) High’s Khaylan Thomas. OU’s most recent offer at the position, and it’s clear it has made a huge impression. Although the Arizona schools seem to be in front, the Sooners have immediately jumped into his top five. No visit has been set up, but it sounds like OU is in the hunt for another middle linebacker.

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.

On the radar: Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee’s Ricky DeBerry. OU made his top eight, will probably make a top five, but it’s going to be so hard to get him away from the east coast. The Sooners did everything right on his official visit in September, but it still might not be enough for OU to land the five-star prospect.

CB (2-3)

Committed (1): 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. All it took was his parents to see the campus and agree with what Mbanasor was already thinking.

Favorite: None. OU is looking around and maybe Jaylon Lane comes back into the mix, but there aren’t a huge number of targets.

Next in line: Polytechnic’s Ykili Ross. He was all set for an official to OU in September before a high school conflict. He said he wanted to take one for Baylor weekend and made those plans official a week later. There aren’t a lot of legitimate cornerback options, which either means OU is in great shape with Ross or is still searching for more answers.

On the radar: 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.

Safety (2-3)

Committed: (1) Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland. Fifty-four weeks after being offered, Sunderland committed in September. Major boost for OU in getting a top in-state prospect and a Scout 300 prospect at the same time. Sunderland is going to end up being one of the biggest recruiters for OU in the class.

Favorite: Waco (Texas) Midway’s Kahlil Haughton. Thought this one would be over at this point, but Haughton decided to delay his decision. OU is definitely still in the running, but it’s clear schools like Arkansas, Baylor and Texas Tech aren’t going to go away. Haughton had a great time on his official visit in September.

Geismar (La.) Dutchtown’s Justin Reid. During the summer, it felt like OU could make a splash if it could get him on campus. The Sooners did just that on his official visit in September. Reid wants to take the rest of his visits, but OU has positioned itself as the clear No. 1 against any other competition going forward.

Next in line: None. It’s a waiting game with Haughton and Reid, and then Mike Stoops can adjust from there.

Names removed from last month: DL Takkarist McKinley; DB Frank Buncom.


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