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 January, the last list of the cycle. 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.
Favorite: Allen (Texas) High’s Kyler Murray. It’s now or never for OU and Murray. A mid-year enrollee, we’ll know by this time next week if he’s an Aggie or Sooner. Texas A&M seems locked in at quarterback, while it’s clearly an open competition at OU. Seems crazy to think a five-star talent like Murray could fall into OU’s lap, but it’s closer than it has ever been before during this process.
Next in Line: None.
Committed (1) Katy (Texas) High’s Rodney Anderson. OU did everything right in getting the four-star all-purpose back to switch from Texas A&M to the Sooners. After decommitting from the Aggies in April, Anderson returned to Norman for the camp and spent all three days at OU before making it official. If Anderson ends up as the lone back for the class, nobody is going to be complaining. He has signed his financial aid agreement.
Favorite: None. OU is done looking for running backs for this class. Adding Anderson to the group already there should be scary enough for OU opponents.
Committed (2): Clear Falls (Texas) League City’s John Humphrey. He heard the message loud and clear from OU’s coaches. Either commit now or there’s no telling this spot will be there later. Humphrey jumped on it, had a great official visit and intends to be arriving in Norman later this month despite the departure of Jay Norvell.
Brenham (Texas) Blinn CC’s Dede Westbrook. It’s clear something is lacking with OU’s current group of receivers as the Sooners offered Westbrook three weeks ago. He said they see him as the next Jalen Saunders and somebody who will have to contribute immediately because he only has two years to play two seasons. He committed, signed and will arrive this month.
Favorite: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC’s Dominique Reed. Thought to be a strong Arkansas lean for a while, OU is jumping in late with the Scout 50 juco prospect. He will make an official visit to OU later this month, and then it will simply be a waiting game.
Next in line: Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany’s Desean Holmes. A fringe contender right now, but the one-time USC commit is definitely looking around. With OU missing out on Ryan Newsome, don’t be surprised to see the Sooners turn up the pressure for Holmes during this final month.
Committed (1): McAlester (Okla.) High’s Dalton Wood. Another one of those OU specials where the coaches go all-in on a prospect not too many people know about. Wood is a quality high school quarterback, but it’s clear his future for the Sooners is going to be at tight end. Offered and committed in September and played exceptional since his pledge.
Favorite: None. OU should be done looking at tight end for this class.
Committed (2): Lancaster (Texas) High’s Dominique Hearne. It’s not a commitment that blew people away, but it was a big one for a big position of need. Hearne is a quality three-star prospect that feels like he can be molded into something by Bill Bedenbaugh. His first trip to Norman confirmed that for Hearne, who later committed that week in the summer. His official visit last month confirmed everything is good to go for Hearne at OU.
Pineville (La.) High’s Cody Ford. His versatility makes it tough to say whether or not he’s a guard or tackle. He can play both. What is known is he flipped from TCU to the Sooners in the summer to start one heck of an eventful month with offensive line recruiting. Ford seems locked in with OU and that shouldn’t change despite an unofficial trip to LSU in October. And after a great official visit to Norman last month, safe to say nothing is going to change.
Favorite: Oklahoma City Casady’s Josh Wariboko. Thought this would be over with this month. The four-star prospect was expected to announce between OU, UCLA and Ohio State last week before deciding he wasn’t ready. The Sooners continue to make a strong push and made multiple in-home and school visits to see Wariboko last month.
Next in line: Keller (Texas) High’s Maea Teuhema. His brother is at LSU, and Teuhema has been committed to the Tigers since February 2014. So it was a bit of a shock to see him making the trip to OU last month. Bill Bedenbaugh continues to do a strong job in recruiting to even put the Sooners in the conversation for the No. 1-ranked guard in the country.
Lawton (Okla.) High’s Jalin Barnett. Where did it all go wrong? For months, it looked like Barnett was a shoo-in for the Sooners. Not even close anymore. Both sides seem to be drifting away from each other with Oklahoma State and Nebraska becoming real contenders. It will be interesting to see if anything changes once the visit period begins again in mid-January.
Committed (3): Allen (Texas) High’s Bobby Evans. A firm commit to OU since July 2013, it’s tough to envision Evans going anywhere. His older brother, Tay Evans, was a redshirt freshman for the Sooners, while his father played basketball at OU. Bobby Evans has signed his financial agreement, but he’s also going to miss the rest of his senior season as he has torn his right ACL.
Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley’s Dru Samia. Considered a silent UCLA commit for months, Samia was won over by OU on his unofficial visit in August and committed to the Sooners on his birthday. He said he is set to be right tackle for OU, and it was a major recruiting victory for the Sooners for a California prospect. A quality official visit last month eased all fears as well about Samia looking elsewhere.
Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi CC’s Jamal Danley. He was minutes away from committing to OU in August and decided to make it official on his official visit in September. As has been the case with a lot of offensive line prospects, Danley is someone who can play both guard and tackle. His position will be determined, but his spot isn’t up for debate. He’ll arrive in January after signing last month.
Next in line: None. This board is all but knocked out. Bedenbaugh has gotten the guys he wanted and that’s all there is to it.
Special teams (1)
Committed (1): Belleville (lll.) West kicker Austin Seibert. Following his second visit to the campus, he committed so OU doesn’t have to worry about kicker or punter for the next couple of years as Seibert could possibly handle both duties. Seibert made an unofficial visit in September and remains locked in with the Sooners.