Breaking down OU's class: DE

Ready for signing day? Sooners Illustrated is going to help you get to know all of OU's commits just days before the big day.

Signing day is almost here. New to the recruiting game or just want a refresher of what has already happened, here is a look at Oklahoma’s class heading into Wednesday.

Defensive end

Burleson (Texas) High DE Kenneth Mann (6-4, 240, No. 82 DE)

The Intel: In July, Mann became one of Oklahoma’s earliest commits, and although he was not highly recruited by many other schools, Mann as the athleticism-size combination that the new co-defensive coordinator and Oklahoma defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery wants.

Right now, he’s a little undersized, but he has big frame with room to put on weight. Because of him lacking bulk, Mann might not see the field for a year or two at Oklahoma as a defensive end, which might be the youngest and deepest position on campus.

By the end of his career, Mann could be closer to 280 and with the ability to play off blocks and naturally quick hands, he could be a serious contributor down the road.

Canada Prep Football Academy DT Neville Gallimore (6-3, 311, No. 9 DT)

The Intel: Despite being a defensive tackle in high school, the prized Gallimore could become a defensive end at Oklahoma. He has massive size, but his quickness and athleticism could make him into a dominant run-stopping end on the edge.

Gallimore picked Oklahoma at the U.S. Army All-American game over Ohio State and Florida State.

There’s still a chance that Gallimore could switch back to defensive tackle and have an immediate impact – he looks a lot like Jordan Phillips. He’s is just so raw, though.

He lacks a go-to move or chiseled technique, but it’s impossible not to see how good he could be. He has a special group of physical tools and can make plays in space. Gallimore, who runs the 40-yard dash a sub-5 second time, is the type of athlete that has made Oklahoma’s defensive line special in the past.

After visiting Oklahoma in September, Gallimore always kept the Sooners in mind because of a close relationship with Jerry Montgomery, who showed his chops as a recruiter this season.

Yazoo City (Miss.) High DE Gabriel Campbell (6-6, 265, No. 32 DE)

The Intel: When Campbell committed to the Sooners just two days after Gallimore, Oklahoma realized that it had a trio of really talented defensive ends for the 2014 – two coming just weeks before National Signing Day.

The fact that Campbell tried to visit Oklahoma twice before finally making the trip to Norman shows something about his commitment to the Sooners. Oklahoma matched that dedication with one of the first out-of-state offers for the high three-star commit.

Campbell, who was one of the Sooners top targets from very early, narrowed his list to Oklahoma and Mississippi in late December.

He chose Oklahoma, and that was it. The Sooners got a pretty gifted defensive end with exceptional long arms. Campbell, who capped a string of four big defensive commits for the Sooners, does a good job of getting separation from blockers and can diagnose plays pretty quickly.

Signing day surprise? No. Oklahoma doesn’t need more than three defensive ends in this class, so don’t expect anything more.


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