The ink is barely dry for the Class of 2015, but the search is already on for the 2016 class for Oklahoma. The Sooners coming off a strong close have positioned themselves nicely to begin this cycle.
Plenty of names will become familiar by this point next year, but here are the five recruits OU must get as of today for the 2016 class.
North Mesquite (Texas) offensive tackle Jean Delance
Going to start with the only commit OU has for the class right now. Delance was noticed by OU incredibly early in the process even if the official offer didn’t happen until November.
All it took was one unofficial visit to campus in November and less than 72 hours, the Sooners were on the board for the class.
Big-time schools offered before OU. Big-time schools have offered since his commitment. He’s going to be a tough one to keep although Delance has made it clear OU has been his dream school.
The first move in making sure this goes well is to get him back to Norman for a junior day either next weekend or March 7.
Arlington (Texas) Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele
Riley is now in charge and is showing nice initial interest that hopefully will increase as time goes by and if Buechele makes it back to campus for a junior day.
The cards are in OU’s favor with Buechele’s two sisters attending OU and with his older brother having played baseball for the Sooners. But family connections aren’t everything, and the Sooners are going to have to make sure to close this one in style.
Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe safety/outside linebacker Calvin Bundage
The Class of 2016 within the state doesn’t look top-heavy. It looks loaded and deep, but there aren’t a lot names right now that scream Scout 300.
Bundage is one of those, and OU recognized early what his potential could be. He is OU’s first offer from the state and the only one at this point.
A number of top schools have come in with Bundage since that offer so it’s going to be intriguing to see what the Sooners plan to do to keep the versatile Bundage home.
Houston Alief Elsik linebacker Dontavious Jackson
An offer in January of your junior year shouldn’t be labeled late, but it really does when you’re talking OU and Jackson.
The Sooners finally made the offer last week, and Jackson is already at the 20-offer mark so it’s not like this is going to be a walk in the park.
But OU has made a solid initial impression and expects to have him on campus for one of the two junior days. Add in to that his friendship with current OU players and the relationship he’s building with the coaches, and OU is in good standing.
OU needs a middle linebacker for every class, and Jackson is without question going to be among the best in this cycle.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West linebacker Caleb Kelly
OU noticed Kelly early. However, who knows what that’s going to mean for Kelly, who should be a guaranteed five-star prospect across the board.
Early indications are saying the Sooners are doing well with Kelly, but we’re still 12 months away from Kelly really having to make a choice.
He has already visited campus once back at the spring game so that’s one hurdle that has been climbed. Getting him again would do wonders as well as an official visit, obviously.