Kelly, Lawrence among OU top targets

Looking at the Scout 300 2.0 for 2016 and analyzing the top OU targets all this week.

The Class of 2016 is about to get rolling in a huge way for Oklahoma as the Sooners will have their first junior day Sunday.

OU enters this week with one commitment. And with the release of the Scout 300 2.0 for the 2016 class, Sooners Illustrated presents 25 realistic targets at this time.

This is not all of the Scout 300 prospects OU has offered, just the ones Sooners Illustrated feels comfortable in saying OU is a legit factor.

Here is part one of a five-part series.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly (No. 9)

If there’s a such thing as momentum in recruiting, then all of it is with the Sooners right now. There isn’t an expert right now that doesn’t believe he’ll be heading to Norman. The addition of Kelly would be huge because outside linebacker is going to be the biggest area of need for OU’s 2016 class. Getting a five-star across the board prospect like Kelly would help alleviate fears.

Neville (La.) High DL Rashard Lawrence (No. 10)

The battle for Lawrence gets bigger and bigger every day, but the foundation has already been set by co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery. He has already made it a point to visit Lawrence during this period, but it’s not going to be easy to lure a top-rated Louisiana prospect out of the Bayou State when everybody is looking to snag him.

Houston Spring Westfield DT Ed Oliver (No. 20)

Feels like ages ago when OU offered Oliver, probably because it was ages ago. It was the spring after his freshman season when OU made the leap. Oliver was a quiet kid then and remains an incredibly quiet recruit so it’s tough to gauge where things stand right now.

Sachse (Texas) High WR Devin Duvernay (No. 26)

Duvernay will be an interesting recruit to follow. OU fans were shocked when it didn’t make the cut for teammate and OU legacy Jared Mayden. And Duvernay also has a brother, Donovan, that has been picking up offers. But we know by this point that OU is not a fan of offering brothers if it doesn’t feel both are worthy of the offer.

Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.) OT Richard Merritt (No. 28)

OU’s success in the Baltimore area makes things a lot more realistic than it used to be when the Sooners made an offer in this neck of the woods. Not too much to read into things although Merritt would routinely put out pro-OU tweets during the football season. Still a long way to go no matter how you slice it.

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