Spring is officially here. April is officially here. With that in mind, Sooners Illustrated is going to return to the Scout 300 and see where Oklahoma stands with some of its top targets.
Included in this list is not all of the offered prospects by OU in the Scout 300, but it does indicate who Sooners Illustrated believes are the most realistic targets for the Sooners going forward.
Here is Part I where we look at players from No. 1-150 in the Scout 300.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly (No. 9)
No. 1 overall choice for many schools so you know this won’t be easy. OU has made his top 10 but hasn’t gotten a visit since last spring game. Has said all along Lokeni Toailoa and himself will be a package deal. Toailoa committed to UCLA last week so it will be interesting to see if Kelly follows suit.
Houston Spring Westfield DT Ed Oliver (No. 14)
Oliver was hopeful to make it to OU for junior day but never did show up. The Sooners were among his first offers after his freshman season. The more time goes on, the more it seems like Oliver is destined to stay closer to home or to a spot like LSU.
Navasota (Texas) High WR Tren’Davian Dickson (No. 23)
Dickson was able to attend OU’s second junior day, and it’s clear first-year wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons has made a great first impression. Dickson is a former Baylor commit and the Bears aren’t out of the race by any means. His recruitment shouldn’t end anytime soon.
Sachse (Texas) High WR Devin Duvernay (No. 26)
OU would love to pull off the Sachse double with Duvernay and Jared Mayden. The Sooners were able to get Duvernay to campus for junior day last month, but he has been a tough read so far throughout this process.
Sachse (Texas) High CB Jared Mayden (No. 56)
The Sooners are back in the hunt for Mayden following a great junior day visit in February and the growing relationship with first-year defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. Mayden has already said he will announce at The Opening in July and OU should be among the finalists.
Woodberry Forest (Va.) High OT Clark Yarbrough (No. 60)
Yarbrough is one of many offensive tackle targets that Bill Bedenbaugh has done a great job with in terms of building the initial interest. It’s just a tough task to try to land a huge target in a region OU really doesn’t have the pedigree of success with.
Houston MacArthur DE Isaiah Chambers (No. 80)
Chambers wanted to attend junior day in March but now said his goal is to hit OU for the spring game next weekend. It’s going to be up to Diron Reynolds to get things rolling with Chambers, who is absolutely open to learning more about the Sooners.
Houston Alief Elsik LB Dontavious Jackson (No. 87)
It’s wrong to say OU is the leader because Jackson clearly doesn’t have one yet, but you would be hard-pressed to find another school in as good a position with Jackson as the Sooners. Relationships with Tim Kish, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo will keep OU in it until the end.
Euless (Texas) Trinity DT Chris Daniels (No. 99)
Daniels visited OU in a unique situation back when Reynolds wasn’t hired. He still loved the trip and nothing has soured him since Reynolds has come into the mix. Arkansas is absolutely the school to watch here because of his ties to the state.
Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal DT Mike Williams (No. 111)
OU got Williams back to campus last month for the first time since July. He was the only defensive lineman on campus for the junior day and said it was incredible quality one-on-one time with Reynolds. OU should be a major factor throughout this process.
North Mesquite (Texas) High OT Jean Delance (No. 131)
The one-time OU commit is open to all comers. Right now the Sooners should be considered in the mix but don’t be surprised if he’s out of sight and out of mind in the next couple of months. The circumstances surrounding his recruitment usually don’t lead toward reconciliation.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West WR Darian Owens (No. 137)
OU is going all-in with a lot of Cali wide receiver targets. So far it hasn’t panned out, but Owens is one OU has been recruiting long before even Simmons was on campus. Another Tony Perry disciple, the Sooners will be leaning on that relationship to help get Owens to Norman.
Arlington (Texas) Lamar OG Chris Owens (No. 140)
Hard to find another prospect who has seen his stock increase more in the last couple of months than Owens. OU has struck out so far at Arlington Lamar with Shane Buechele and Madre Harper. Here’s another one of the Fab 4 where OU is in the running, but will it be enough?