OU's defensive backs 'wish list'

Another interesting spot for Sooners as we look at defensive back.

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 defensive back. 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.

CB (2-3)

Committed (2): Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson’s P.J. Mbanasor. OU is clinging on with Mbanasor right now, who certainly noticed the mid-season troubles. He hasn’t visited anywhere else yet, and OU is in communication with him every single day. Late-season success might save OU in this one with TCU breathing down its neck.

Rochester (N.Y.) Monroe CC’s Will Johnson. Unknown with no offers one week and committed to OU the next. Simply just how fast things can work in the recruiting game. For most, it’s Sooners taking a chance at somebody not worthy, but OU certainly went out of its way to make he arrived and offered and had him commit.

Favorite: None. OU is looking around and maybe Jaylon Lane comes back into the mix, but there aren’t a huge number of targets.

Next in line: Polytechnic’s Ykili Ross. The third time is going to be the charm. He has scheduled official visits to OU twice only to have to reschedule them. He is set to come in this weekend and will announce at the U.S. Army game Jan. 3 so OU is going to have to work hard and fast to land the four-star prospect.

On the radar: San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills’ Dechaun Holiday. The question here is one we’ve seen pop up numerous times. When trying to take a kid far away from home, how much of an impact can you make before a visit is necessary? No question Holiday likes OU, but also he hasn’t even been close to setting up a visit after all these months. Hold out the slightest of hope here.

Safety (2-3)

Committed: (1) Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland. Fifty-four weeks after being offered, Sunderland committed in September. Major boost for OU in getting a top in-state prospect and a Scout 300 prospect at the same time. Sunderland is going to end up being one of the biggest recruiters for OU in the class.

Favorite: Waco (Texas) Midway’s Kahlil Haughton. Visits are done for Haughton. All five are in the books. He ended up seeing the Sooners on three separate occasions this season and should announce here soon as he said he was waiting for his senior season to finish before he made any sort of decision. Huge priority for OU.

Geismar (La.) Dutchtown’s Justin Reid. During the summer, it felt like OU could make a splash if it could get him on campus. The Sooners did just that on his official visit in September. Reid wants to take the rest of his visits, but OU has positioned itself as the clear No. 1 against any other competition going forward. This is turning into a huge battle as well with a lot of schools coming in late into the game.

Next in line: None. It’s a waiting game with Haughton and Reid, and then Mike Stoops can adjust from there.

Recently offered

Houston Cypress Falls’ Nate Dalton. Another one of those really tall cornerbacks that OU and Mike Stoops seem to love. He played quarterback in high school, but he’s a cornerback going forward and a late bloomer at that. Arkansas just recently entered the mix, and he will visit OU this weekend for Bedlam.

Waldorf (Md.) Stone’s Juwuan Briscoe. Has decommitted from Clemson, it just looks like it’s not quite going to happen just yet. Intends to visit in January, but the question is going to be if a spot is still there when it comes around.

Miami (Okla.) NEO A&M’s Justin Martin. No chance. He’s an SEC kid, question is which SEC school. Just because he’s playing in Oklahoma doesn’t mean he’s from the area. No ties at all, he’s going back home.

Los Angeles Pierce CC’s Ezekiel Turner. Fantastic shot at Turner now and the only safety in this group. Looked like a clear Pac-12 battle, but the Sooners put their best foot forward with Turner on his official visit. Arizona State and Washington remain in the mix.

Chattanooga (Tenn.) Notre Dame’s Kareem Orr. Committed to Louisville, Orr made his official visit with the Cardinals last weekend. If he shuts down his recruitment in the upcoming weeks, safe to say it was a great visit.

Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic’s Colin Samuel. Huge couple of weeks for Samuel so it’s going to be about how much OU turns up the pressure. He landed one prestigious offer after another so it’s tough to accurately say where OU stands.

Manvel (Texas) High’s Will Lockett. Looked like the next OU commit and now it looks like he will stick with UCLA. Took official visits to both schools and absolutely feels like he is going to stay with the Bruins.

Not offered

Dallas Kimball’s Antoine Stephens. A cornerback that came out of nowhere. On nobody’s radar but a fantastic senior season has him in the peripherals right now. OU could return to Stephens down the road as there has been preliminary contact already.


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