OU's linebacker 'wish list'

Not the best topic in the world for OU fans, but Sooners involved with a bunch of top linebackers.

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 at linebacker. 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.

LB (3-4)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin’s Anthony McKee. We’ll know at this time next week. Official visits to OU and Michigan State are in the books. He will announce Dec. 21 on his birthday if he’s with the Sooners or the Spartans.

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. He seems to be the biggest 50/50 prospect on the board.

Next in line: New Orleans Charter’s Arthur McGinnis. In the spring it felt like OU was in play. In the summer it sort of went the other way. But now it’s clear the Sooners will be a player for McGinnis, who is set to have an official visit for this weekend.

Indianapolis Lawrence Central’s Darrin Kirkland. The Sooners brought the big guns for his in-home visit with Bob Stoops and Tim Kish. OU did everything it could during his official visit last month. He’ll close out his official visits this month and then is set to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas and USC also in the mix.

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol’s Cassius Peat. Welcome back, Mr. Peat. With Peat having officially decommitted from UCLA this week, it’s game on again for OU to try land a four-star linebacker. Peat loved his visit at OU and seemed to have a great rapport with the coaches. Sooners might be able to make up ground in a hurry here.

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. He is going to announce Dec. 19.

Not offered

Irving (Texas) Nimitz’s Michael Scott. OU talked to Thomas a lot during September and October, and he’s picked up a lot of offers since start of the season. OU was able to get him to Dallas for OU-Texas, but he has yet to make a visit. An offer could happen, though, as signing day gets closer.

Boutte (La.) Hahnville’s Dwaine Thomas. Committed to Louisiana Lafayette, Scout has Thomas ranked as a two-star safety, but OU views him as a linebacker. Once the Sooners get a crack at his senior film, it will become clear whether or not the Sooners want to get into the hunt or leave him be.


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