OU's defensive line 'wish list'

The board is shrinking at DL for OU, a look at the top prospects available.

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.


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. Has had an outstanding senior season.

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. Has also visited Florida State and Auburn and Ohio State in the last two months.

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. The official visit looks like it’s going to finally happen with him confirming he plans to be in Norman for Bedlam this weekend.

On the radar: Long Beach (Calif.) Poly’s Joseph Wicker. He’s a fringe guy. Depending on who you talk to, you get different things with Wicker until he set the record straight Tuesday and said he was visiting this weekend. It’s a huge Cali weekend at OU this weekend.

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: 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. He had a great official visit to campus in October.

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.

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