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 December. 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.
Favorite: Allen (Texas) High’s Kyler Murray. Favorite is probably way too strong of a term for it, but anytime you can get a Scout 300 prospect committed elsewhere for an official visit, it’s at least in consideration. Murray has been committed to Texas A&M for a long time, but nobody in his camp will comment on his recruitment right now.
Next in Line: West Mesquite (Texas) High’s Chason Virgil. After having his scholarship taken away by Mississippi State less than two weeks ago, it’s possible the Sooners try to swoop in and land his services before he becomes a mid-year enrollee. Nothing definite by any means.
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. He has signed his financial aid agreement.
Favorite: None. OU is done looking for running backs for this class. Adding Anderson to the group already there should be scary enough for OU opponents.
Committed (2): Clear Falls (Texas) League City’s John Humphrey. He heard the message loud and clear from OU’s coaches. Either commit now or there’s no telling this spot will be there later. Humphrey jumped on it, had a great official visit and intends to be arriving in Norman in January.
Brenham (Texas) Blinn CC’s Dede Westbrook. It’s clear something is lacking with OU’s current group of receivers as the Sooners offered Westbrook six weeks ago. He said they see him as the next Jalen Saunders and somebody who will have to contribute immediately because he only has two years to play two seasons. He committed last week.
Favorite: Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome. The only high school recruit on the board the Sooners will take at this position. Ole Miss, TCU, Tennessee, UCLA and Texas are the other schools in the hunt. The Sooners took their best shot on his official visit in November, but it’s anybody’s guess where Newsome lands right now.
Next in line: None.
Committed (1): McAlester (Okla.) High’s Dalton Wood. Another one of those OU specials where the coaches go all-in on a prospect not too many people know about. Wood is a quality high school quarterback, but it’s clear his future for the Sooners is going to be at tight end. Offered and committed in September and played exceptional since his pledge.
Favorite: None. OU should be done looking at tight end for this class.
Committed (2): 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. 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 in the summer.
Pineville (La.) High’s Cody Ford. His versatility makes it tough to say whether or not he’s a guard or tackle. He can play both. What is known is he flipped from TCU to the Sooners in the summer to start one heck of an eventful month with offensive line recruiting. Ford seems locked in with OU and that shouldn’t change despite an unofficial trip to LSU in October.
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 the last several months, it looked like OU had no competition for Barnett. None. But an official visit to Arkansas combined with time passing, has definitely made it more of a race. OU did make a strong impression on his official visit in November.
Next in line: Oklahoma City Casady’s Josh Wariboko. Who says you can’t go home again? The one-time OU commit isn’t a lock for the Sooners, but it certainly feels like OU is going to be there until the end. Wariboko should narrow his list soon, and OU will be in it. He is hoping to announce at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.
Committed (3): Allen (Texas) High’s Bobby Evans. A firm commit to OU since July 2013, 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 has signed his financial agreement, but he’s also going to miss the rest of his senior season as he has torn his right ACL.
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley’s Dru Samia. Considered a silent UCLA commit for months, Samia was won over by OU on his unofficial visit in August and committed to the Sooners on his birthday. He said he is set to be right tackle for OU, and it was a major recruiting victory for the Sooners for a California prospect.
Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi CC’s Jamal Danley. He was minutes away from committing to OU in August and decided to make it official on his official visit in September. As has been the case with a lot of offensive line prospects, Danley is someone who can play both guard and tackle. His position will be determined, but his spot isn’t up for debate. He’ll arrive in January.
Favorite: Gulf Coast (Miss.) CC’s Martinas Rankin. It always felt like it was Rankin or Danley for this spot, but now it’s true the Sooners will take both of them. But Rankin is the only juco prospect Bedenbaugh will consider, at least for now. He wants to take all his visits so things can change, but he had a fantastic trip to Norman in September and will decide this month.
Next in line: None. This board is all but knocked out. Bedenbaugh has gotten the guys he wanted and that’s all there is to it.
Special teams (1)
Committed (1): Belleville (lll.) West kicker Austin Seibert. 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. Seibert made an unofficial visit in September and remains locked in with the Sooners.
Names removed from last month: None.