It’s that time of year. Almost done trying to wish for recruits, it’s reaching that point where you can pinpoint who the most realistic recruits are with Oklahoma.
So it’s time for the target board, a compilation of the top 10 recruits still remaining for the Sooners combined with the likelihood of being the next commitment combined with the most realistic shot of OU landing that recruit’s signature on signing day.
OU Target Board: No. 1
Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko
A one-time OU commit, Wariboko could be heading back to the Sooners next week. He has a final three of OU, Ohio State and UCLA as he gears up for his announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game next Friday afternoon. Down the stretch, it feels like a two-horse battle between OU and UCLA.
Dallas Skyline linebacker Anthony Wheeler
Wheeler is a strange case in recruiting. The four-star prospect has made zero official visits but said he is ready to announce next week during the Under Armour All-America Game. Wheeler has made several unofficial visits to OU and Texas and puts Baylor and LSU in his final four as well. With the way recruiting has worked out the last month, it has put OU in a solid spot for Wheeler.
Ontario (Canada) St. Catharines defensive lineman Neville Gallimore
As time goes on, it seems more and more likely the Sooners are going to be able to nab another Canadian prospect. It appears it’s a three-team race with OU, Ohio State and Auburn, and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has done an outstanding job throughout this process. He’s tentatively scheduled to announce at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 3.
Yazoo City (Miss.) High defensive lineman Gabriel CampbellIf you had to base it on most realistic shot of OU landing somebody, Campbell would probably be No. 1 right now. The issue is, though, nobody is quite sure when Campbell is going to make his announcement so it could be a waiting game. But it’s a wait that feels like will go in OU’s favor no matter how long it takes.
Chattanooga (Tenn.) Notre Dame cornerback Kareem Orr
Right now it’s hard to envision Orr ending up anywhere but OU, but we still have plenty of more recruiting weeks ahead. The biggest threat looks to be Arizona State. The Sun Devils offered the former Louisville commit first, and he will visit next month. OU did absolutely everything right on his visit for Bedlam weekend.
New Orleans Easton Charter linebacker Arthur McGinnis
He was supposed to visit OU for Bedlam, but high school playoffs got in the way. McGinnis listed a top five with OU squarely in the hunt that weekend, and there’s no doubt the Sooners should get a visit next month. Will that be enough to seal the deal? Remains to be seen, but OU is right where it wants to be heading down the stretch.
Houston Cypress Falls defensive back Nate Dalton
A quarterback until recently, what Dalton can do at cornerback is a huge mystery going forward. But it’s a mystery OU coaches hope to find the answer to in Norman. Dalton had a great visit to OU for Bedlam but seems pretty content to let the process play out. His athleticism and size will keep him in the hunt for OU until the race is over.
Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland linebacker Josh Smith
Still committed to Vanderbilt, the pieces seem to be falling into place for Smith and the Sooners. Offered earlier this month, Smith is set to see the campus in January. He has a lot of visits lined up in the final month so it will be interesting to see what sort of impression OU makes down the stretch.
Lawton (Okla.) High offensive lineman Jalin Barnett
The final two spots go to a couple of recruits thought to be shoo-ins for the Sooners at one point or another during this cycle. And Barnett certainly seemed like that until mid-November. It’s unclear if OU is all-in with Barnett now and Nebraska is making a strong push to land the top-ranked prospect in the state.
Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin linebacker Anthony McKee
McKee had been down to OU and Michigan State for so long, but other schools have entered the mix now. He opted to not decide on his birthday last weekend and that could have been done for a number of reasons. If McKee doesn’t make an unofficial to OU in the next month, think it’s a safe bet both sides have moved on.