Catching up with OU recruiting: Defense

Intel took the holidays off, but OU certainly didn't. Get caught up on all the happenings with defensive recruiting.

The Intel took a holiday break but will return this week. We all know recruiting never stops for Oklahoma, and a lot has happened with the Sooners on both side of the ball.

So to get you caught up with the last two weeks, a quick summary of all the happenings with the Sooners on the trail.

Defense

Defensive line

Major happenings here for the Sooners. OU added Scout 100 defensive lineman Neville Gallimore out of Canada this weekend and seemingly traded Gallimore for Tyrell Jacobs.

Jacobs, a three-star commit since July, announced just before Christmas he was decommitting from the Sooners. It felt like a numbers game because OU does feel confident with other recruits on its board.

No. 1 in that department is Yazoo City (Miss.) High’s Gabriel Campbell. He might take a few more visits elsewhere, but the Sooners are in outstanding shape for Campbell as we head into the final month of the 2015 cycle.

OU has also positioned itself in solid position for Dallas Bishop Dunne’s Darrion Daniels although it remains unclear when Daniels is ready to make any sort of announcement.

Linebacker

Busy, busy couple of weeks here. OU missed out on Darrin Kirkland and Anthony Wheeler but landed a huge one in five-star prospect Ricky DeBerry.

The Sooners still have a few linebacker targets not crossed off and look out for ULL commit Dwaine Thomas, who should receive a strong look from OU in the next few weeks.

OU is looking for 3-4 total at this position and has built a nice foundation with DeBerry. It’s not all rosy, but it’s not panic time, either.

Cornerback

Another position full of moves. The biggest one being the recent offer to Lawton (Okla.) High’s Darreyl Patterson. The only concern about Patterson the entire time has been academic issues.

Patterson put in the work and has qualifying scores now and is coming off an incredible senior season at running back. He’ll be a cornerback in college going forward, and the Sooners are absolutely in the mix going forward.

OU has two cornerback commits and will be looking to add one more. There are a lot of names left on the board like Kareem Orr and Dechaun Holiday so something’s gotta give. And now look out officially for Dallas Kimball’s Antoine Stephens, who confirmed Sunday he is taking an official visit to OU later this month.

Safety

OU fans have to smile at this safety class right now with Will Sunderland and Kahlil Haughton. OU can be incredibly choosy for the final selection, and it has some really good choices with Justin Reid and Nate Dalton.

Reid, despite an offer from LSU, doesn’t seem like the shoo-in for the Tigers as expected, and it’s obvious OU really wants to get Dalton in the fold.

Picking up DeBerry and Gallimore have made huge news for OU, but the addition of Haughton might end up being the most noteworthy defensive pledge of the last month. It has really made things easier for OU going forward at defensive back.


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