Breaking down OU's class: Safety

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.

Safety

Midwest City (Okla.) High S Will Sunderland (6-2, 190, No. 7 S, No. 125 Scout 300)

The Intel: The unquestioned face of the OU class. Nobody recruited harder to try to bring kids to Norman with him than Sunderland.

Ranked No. 3 in the state heading into his senior season, Sunderland closed out as the top prospect and No. 125 in the Scout 300. And it’s no shock why when you combine all of his skills into one package.

Sunderland was offered by OU during the first OU home game of Sunderland’s junior season. For weeks and months, he felt like a silent OU commit but nothing was ever official.

It became official Sept. 13, and Sunderland hasn’t looked back since. He has easily been the most vocal recruit on Twitter and the most visible recruit in Norman as he is practically at OU every single weekend even though he’s not enrolled.

Sunderland played a big role for OU on the trail to go along with making sure OU earned the No. 1 prospect in the state once again.

Waco (Texas) Midway S Kahlil Haughton (6-2, 170, No. 23 S, No. 297 Scout 300)

The Intel: There was just something a little different about when Haughton received his OU offer at the first junior day last February.

Other offers were there and other offers were still to come, but you didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to know the Sooners were going to be there until the end with Haughton.

The bitter end saw OU against hometown Baylor. And though there were plenty of reasons for Haughton to stay home, he picked the Sooners on Dec. 19 to give OU one heck of a one-two punch at safety.

Haughton might have been a little under the radar heading into his senior season, but he put himself on the map with his play to earn the right be in the final Scout 300.

Haughton’s recruitment was led by OU coach Bob Stoops, which says a lot. Stoops knew he couldn’t let Haughton get away, and he made 100 percent sure it didn’t happen.

Signing day surprise? It’s a wait-and-see type of day with Dallas South Oak Cliff safety Prentice McKinney. Offered by OU last year, things never really heated up until this last week. Committed to North Carolina, McKinney visited OU last weekend and has gone completely quiet about what he intends to do heading into signing day.

Signing day result? McKinney to OU.


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