Five recruits to watch at OU spring game

Who are the most intriguing names heading to Norman this weekend? Sooners Illustrated takes a look at names you should know.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he has never had a spring season with as many offered recruits hitting the campus as has been the case this time around.

Momentum is solid right now following the commitment of Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star quarterback Austin Kendall. And OU is hoping for more good things to come Saturday at the spring game.

Here is a list of five prospects worth keeping tabs on this weekend. Sooners Illustrated is still working on confirming more names who intend to be in Norman on Saturday.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly

You have to start with Kelly. Even though by far he’s the least likely to commit, and there’s probably a .0001 percent chance of a commitment Saturday, Kelly is the name to watch this weekend. The five-star linebacker will be making it to his second consecutive spring game but things couldn’t be more different with his recruitment now compared to 12 months ago. Kelly’s recruitment won’t end this weekend but another strong showing at OU will guarantee the Sooners stay in the hunt going forward.

New Orleans Easton Charter LB Pernell Jefferson

The hope is for Jefferson to get a ride with OU signee Arthur McGinnis. And then the hope for OU fans is for Jefferson to join his teammate in pledging to the Sooners. Jefferson has already made it to Norman once for a junior day, and it’s obvious the Sooners are in a great spot. Provided all the transportation details can be worked out, this seems like a strong candidate for a likely commitment this weekend.

Dallas South Oak Cliff LB Marvin Terry

The only one stronger than Jefferson would be Terry. The Scout 300 prospect absolutely loved his first trip to OU two months ago for junior day and loved even more being offered in person during the visit. Terry said he grew up with OU being his dream school. No real reason for that, just the way he has always felt. He has other quality offers and other ones should be coming around in the later months, but you have to like OU’s chances at perhaps ending things Saturday.

Lone Grove (Okla.) High RB Jeremy Lewis

The wild card of the state. Lewis became a more nationally known name based on his efforts at recent camps combined with an offer from Nebraska last week. Lewis rushed for more than 2,200 yards and 31 touchdowns last season. He has been a frequent visitor to OU in the last year, including multiple unofficial visits last season and junior day two months ago. The lingering question with Lewis is about where he stands with OU in terms of an offer. Has he become a Plan A type of guy as his recruitment continues to increase? Or does he still not control his own destiny?

2017 Plano (Texas) East LB Anthony Hines

Hines could seriously do a top 50 right now, that’s what happens when you have more than 60 offers as just a sophomore. In every big camp, Hines has delivered and showed he is worth the hype. He’s also been a frequent visitor to Norman. This will mark his fourth trip to OU in the last 12 months, and he said his relationship with Tim Kish is a huge reason why OU is positioning itself so well in the hunt for the five-star prospect.


Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson OT Kellen Diesch

Diesch doesn’t say too much in recruiting, but he recently released a top five with OU squarely in the mix. He was at junior day two months ago and intends to return to Norman for the spring game. It wouldn’t be a huge shock to see the Sooners walk away with his commitment as Diesch has been a guy who has been adamant about wanting to get the process over with before spring football starts in a couple of weeks.

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