McGinnis, Jefferson key names for OU's board

Now two weeks away from signing day, OU's board starting to work itself out with the top targets.

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. 3

Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko

Legit three-team race just two weeks before the big day. All three, OU, UCLA and Ohio State have received the official visit. There are reasons for Wariboko to pick each school, and it’s tough to get a read on No. 2-ranked prospect in the state right now. All eyes will be on Casady on Feb. 4.

Lawton (Okla.) High cornerback Darreyl Patterson

Had a great visit at OU where everything seemingly went right. OU still has concerns about his academic standing so nothing is for certain. It’s clear if Patterson has his way, he’s a Sooner. Kansas State and Washington State will take their best shots in the next two weeks.

Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood WR Van Jefferson

It still a real 50-50 shot about whether OU adds another receiver for the class. But if it does, all eyes are on the Scout 100 prospect who has now decommitted from Georgia. OU made a huge impression on Jefferson, and it’s going to be about whether or not that carries over into the next couple of weeks.

New Orleans Easton Charter linebacker Arthur McGinnis

Going to be tough for OU to overtake Arizona following a great visit last weekend. But there is no doubt OU needs McGinnis. Sooners don’t want him, they need him for this class. OU needs a pure middle linebacker to cause damage. Texas Tech this weekend, followed by OU next weekend.

Omaha (Neb.) Central defensive end DaiShon Neal

OU doesn’t need Neal, but the Sooners would gladly accept him into the mix if that’s what he chooses to do. OU did everything right with the Nebraska commit last week on his visit. Jerry Montgomery and Bob Stoops are scheduled for in-home visits. Huskers and Oregon are the two biggest threats.

Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland linebacker Josh Smith

OU is going to take its best shot with Smith this weekend after Vanderbilt did the same last weekend. Already committed to the Commodores, it won’t be easy to wrestle him away, especially with his brother on the team. Again, OU needs Smith as linebacker is still a huge question mark.

Houston Cypress Falls DT Du’Vonta Lampkin

One heck of a mystery. Is he 100 percent with Texas as he says? Is he planning to play with Wariboko at OU and recommit? It’s best to just let this one play out and go from there. Lampkin has always been a tough read between what he’s saying and what he’s doing. There is real smoke here, though.

Dutchtown (La.) Geismar safety Justin Reid

After looking like OU had too many defensive back options, things have narrowed down very quickly. Reid still seems down to OU and Stanford, but it also seems clear the Cardinal are just a notch ahead of OU. Notre Dame visit this week and LSU remains in the hunt.

Dallas Bishop Dunne DT Darrion Daniels

Daniels’ fate could be decided by what OU decides to do with Marquise Overton. If OU decides Overton is too big of an academic risk, Daniels could fall right into OU’s lap. He has a trip to Iowa this weekend, and then he said he wants to make his decision and be done with the process.

Burton (Texas) DE/OLB Louis Brown

Will the third school be the charm? Once committed to Baylor and then Texas, Brown is back on the market again. OU has liked Brown for a long time, and he could definitely be a key piece to the Sooners puzzle at linebacker. Oklahoma State also showing heavy interest.

Other names to watch: ATH Mike Hughes; WR Ryan Newsome; Juco WR Dominique Reed; WR Adrian Miller; OG Maea Teuhema.

Off the board: CB Antoine Stephens (committed to OU); CB Kareem Orr; DB Nate Dalton; LB Dwaine Thomas (committed to Texas A&M).


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