The Bedlam recruiting wars

OU and OSU always battling it out on the trail. Here are the key names from this class.

There are some years where the Bedlam recruiting wars between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are intense. This really isn’t one of those years right now.

Everything is sort of falling into place with this recruiting class. Here’s a quick examination of the top targets in the state pursued or committed to either school.

Lawton OG Jalin Barnett

The No. 1-ranked prospect in the state has both in-state powers in his final four. Barnett grew up a huge OSU fan, but the Sooners have done more than enough to make up the ground on the trail. Right now it looks like a battle between OU and Arkansas although Barnett did say he wants to make an official visit to OSU before he decides. He has already taken his official to OU and has probably seen the campus more than just about any other prospect in the last two years.

Oklahoma City Casady OG Josh Wariboko

The No. 2-ranked prospect in the state figures to have OU and OSU in his final group before he decides at next month’s Under Armour All-American Game. A one-time OU commit, Wariboko might end up going home again before it’s all said and done. He has been active on the trail with visits to Ohio State, UCLA and Louisville in the last month. At this point, it feels like it will be OU instead of OSU if it winds up being either school. His official to OU is this weekend.

Midwest City S Will Sunderland

The No. 3-ranked player in the state received his first offer from OU in Aug. 2013. The very next week OSU followed suit, but it was clear the writing was on the wall. There was no way the Sooners weren’t going to end up with the four-star safety. It took 52 weeks to get his commitment, but there was never a doubt in this one. Since committing to the Sooners, Sunderland has not given anybody one reason to think he’ll be looking elsewhere. One of the biggest recruiters for OU’s class.

Jenks DL Marquise Overton

There was nothing Oklahoma State could do in this one. The second OU offered, the countdown was officially on. The Sooners outstanding track record at Jenks combined with Overton growing up a huge OU fan was just way too much for the Cowboys to overcome. Overton has been a fixture at every OU home game this season and might be flying in under the radar even though he’s a legit four-star prospect.

Norman North QB John Kolar

He always grew up wanting to be the quarterback in Bedlam, but the dream was to play for OU. Instead, Kolar has been an OSU commit since March. The Cowboys jumped out immediately with Kolar, snatching him up before other any national schools could even get the chance. Since his pledge, Kolar has been all-in with OSU and has been one of its most vocal recruiters and had a solid senior season.

McAlester ATH Dalton Wood

The race was on. Both OU and OSU coaches watched Wood during the last week of September. The Sooners, though, jumped on it first. Within 48 hours, Jay Boulware got the approval from Bob Stoops, ad OU worked fast to land Wood as its only tight end for the class. Wood put up gaudy numbers this season in leading McAlester to the state semifinals. Was under the radar in September, but tough to say that about him now.

2016 battle to watch: Edmond Santa Fe S Calvin Bundage

Things could really interesting in a hurry with Bundage, who is set to make his first trip to OU this weekend. Despite no interaction with OU coaches at all, he was offered two weeks ago. OSU reciprocated the honor the next day. Bundage is about as hard-hitting a safety that has come out of the state in years and no doubt his offer sheet is going to increase as time goes on. Very smart of both to jump in so early. Tulsa and Iowa State have both offered as well.


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