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 final installment of the target board, a compilation of the top 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. 4
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.
New Orleans Easton Charter linebacker Arthur McGinnis
OU is going to have to pull off a huge sell job on McGinnis this weekend. No other way to explain the situation. Arizona seems like the clear favorite heading into the final week so it’s up to the Sooners coaching staff and players to give McGinnis something to think about here down the stretch.
Dallas Bishop Dunne WR Adrian Miller
Better late than never, right? Lincoln Riley made it clear from the start that he was eyeing the three-star prospect. And things have gotten serious. Miller was offered by OU on Monday by Riley and Cale Gundy and confirmed he is going to visit OU this weekend. Next man up indeed at wide receiver.
Dallas Bishop Dunne DT Darrion Daniels
Daniels had a great trip to Iowa that coincidentally included an Iowa offer to Daniels’ younger brother. He has been one of the more quiet recruits for this recruiting cycle, but he has indicated a decision is going to come later this week. It’s between OU, Iowa and Texas Tech.
Reiterstown (Md.) Franklin OT Patrick Allen
Allen took an official visit to OU way back when for Tennessee weekend. Strangely enough, it now feels like a battle between the Sooners and Vols. The one-time Georgia commit has those three schools as his final three, and OU has put on the pressure in the last couple of weeks to try to nab another Scout 300 prospect.
New Bern (N.C.) High ATH Mike Hughes
If anything is going to happen with Hughes, it’s this week. Committed to North Carolina, Hughes is one of those guys who has a future either at wide receiver or cornerback. It’s obvious offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley really likes what Hughes brings to the table but no offer or visit has been set up as of this time.
Aledo (Texas) High WR Ryan Newsome
Committed to UCLA on Friday, but the plan all along was for Bob Stoops to do an in-home visit with Newsome on Tuesday. OU coaches Cale Gundy and Lincoln Riley visited Newsome last week and unveiled the plan they have for the four-star prospect. Newsome’s best OU relationship is with Stoops.
Houston Cypress Falls DT Du’Vonta Lampkin
Just grasping at straws here. Lampkin went on his official visit to Texas last weekend and from all reports, everything went great. But Lampkin is just one of those kids where it doesn’t really matter what is said in public, it’s crucial to keep an eye out for things being said behind closed doors. Interesting week ahead.
Allen (Texas) High QB Kyler Murray
Nobody controls the message better than Murray. The five-star committed to Texas A&M, recently visited Texas and nearly broke Twitter. OU continues to be in the mix and Lincoln Riley is doing everything he can to sway him to OU. It just feels like it won’t be enough.