Przybylo: Tackling recruiting questions

Talking all things OU-Texas in this edition of the recruiting mailbag. readers have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Here are some answers to some of the more pressing questions.

And a special Red River Showdown-themed edition this week.

Who is the one OU-Texas battle the Sooners have to win for this class?

This seems like a no-brainer to me with Dallas Skyline four-star middle linebacker Anthony Wheeler. Everything points toward him being the No. 1 guy.

It’s down to three with Wheeler, Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome and Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend, but it’s clear Wheeler is the answer.

OU wants Newsome, would love to add another slot threat to the mix, but it has John Humphrey and Michiah Quick could develop into a special talent.

The Sooners don’t have a linebacker commit for the class, but there are almost too many outside linebacker choices right now. Townsend would be one heck of a steal from Texas, but there are other realistic options.

OU doesn’t have a lot of choices in the inside. Wheeler is somebody who looks like a college linebacker right now in high school. Add to that with OU doing so well during his recruitment, he is the one piece of the defensive puzzle OU must secure.

Who is the one OU-Texas battle the Sooners have to win for the 2016 class?

Going to quarterback with Arlington (Texas) Lamar four-star prospect Shane Buechele. Already offered by both OU and Texas, the Sooners cannot let Buechele go to Austin.

It’s so rare, as we know, for Josh Heupel to offer a young quarterback so it’s obvious he sees something special in Buechele.

Buechele has already made unofficial visits to both OU and Texas this season, but it’s the family connection that would make this sting.

Buechele’s older brother played baseball for the Sooners and two of his sisters are at OU right now. Seeing him with the Longhorns would be a killer.

The same could be said for Sachse (Texas) cornerback Jared Mayden. But as of now, it doesn’t look like Texas is really in the mix for one of OU’s top overall targets for 2016.

OU is also in the hunt for Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic four-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, but OU is going to have a better shot with Buechele and needs to land his pledge if Guarantano goes elsewhere.

You can flip one Texas commit among the eight that were offered by OU for this class, who is it?

Tough question because at this point all of them seem pretty locked in with Texas. But for the sake of the question, we’ll go with Burton (Texas) High’s Louis Brown.

He has that size at 6-foot-6 and 207 pounds where he can molded into something special. Don’t think defensive end would be his calling in Norman, but he’d make one heck of an outside linebacker and maybe become someone similar to Geneo Grissom.

Brown was committed to Baylor before decommitting. It felt like it was down to OU and Texas, but it also felt like the Longhorns were never ever once in danger of not getting Brown.

Second choice would be Converse (Texas) Judson safety Keivon Ramsey even though he’s recovering from a torn ACL. OU was high on him and offered him in person at junior day, which is always a cool honor. The Sooners are in the running for prospects at both safety and outside linebacker so it’s not like OU has been crushed by the non-commitments, but those are the two that stand out.

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