Another year of rankings in the books. Last week Scout released its final edition of the Scout 300 for the Class of 2015, and there’s a lot of good news for Oklahoma fans.
The Sooners, ranked No. 14 in the team rankings, have nine of their current commits in the list and three in the top 100.
No. 25: Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee LB Ricky DeBerry
No. 88: Canada Prep DL Neville Gallimore
No. 94: Allen (Texas) OT Bobby Evans
So how valuable is co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery to the staff? There was no way Evans wasn’t going to end up a Sooner. Not with his father having played basketball at OU and his older brother, Tay, being a freshman. That just wasn’t going to happen. But in order to get the other two, OU had to go to area it doesn’t usually attack or attack ever in Virginia and Canada. That’s the kind of work Montgomery does and the kind of dedication he puts into the trail. DeBerry is OU’s only five-star commit right now, while Gallimore was one impressive get in beating the likes of Florida State and the national champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
No. 103: Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson CB P.J. Mbanasor
No. 125: Midwest City (Okla.) High S Will Sunderland
No. 136: Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley OT Dru Samia
No. 152: Katy (Texas) High RB Rodney Anderson
Big moves here from OU commits in the secondary. Besides Mbanasor just missing out on the top 100, it was a huge rise for Sunderland. Ranked No. 3 in the state when his senior season started, Sunderland is now No. 1 in the state. Just like Steven Parker did last year, an OU safety commit has risen up the ranks to be the top dog. Samia doesn’t get a lot of attention nationally, but beating UCLA for his pledge looms larger and larger. And Anderson, well, OU knows what it’s getting at running back – another quality one. Anderson is already on campus after a ridiculous senior season.
No. 286: Jenks (Okla.) High DT Marquise Overton
No. 297: Waco (Texas) Midway S Kahlil Haughton
Welcome to the list, Mr. Haughton. Incredibly tough to deny Haughton after the way he performed this season. He can do it all at the safety position, nobody is really doubting that. Overton makes the cut as well, but it will be intriguing to see if OU sticks with Overton in these final weeks. He has some academic issues, but Overton is determined to overcome that and be a Sooner. He hasn’t decommitted, but things are looking a little shaky for the state’s best defensive lineman.
No analysis of the list would be complete without a breakdown of the realistic targets remaining for OU on its board.
No. 37: QB Kyler Murray
No. 42: OG Maea Teuhema
No. 100: WR Van Jefferson
The good news is all three have taken official visits to OU. The bad news is all three are committed to other schools and not too sure any of them will flip to Sooners by or on signing day. OU continues to put in a lot of work with this trio, but it may not matter in the end.
No. 163: OG Josh Wariboko
No. 193: WR Ryan Newsome
Newsome is the definition of a fringe target since OU didn’t make his final three, but Bob Stoops made sure to let him know OU wouldn’t stop coming. Wariboko, though, could be the key to this final month. OU has put in so much time and effort to get him back in the fold that it will be incredibly disappointing if it doesn’t all come together on signing day.
No. 226: DL Darrion Daniels
No. 247: LB Josh Smith
No. 274: S Justin Reid
No. 294: DL Du’Vonta Lampkin
Not a sure thing among this quartet. OU a player for all four but to varying degrees with each guy. All of them have made official visits except for Smith as his official is this upcoming weekend. Very interesting to see how this all shakes out.