The spring evaluation period is key for 2016 recruits but that doesn’t mean Oklahoma won’t look from within its borders for next year.
With that in mind, Sooners Illustrated is going to look at several Class of 2017 OKPreps prospects that could very well hear from OU during the next months.
Lewis seems primed to be among the top prospects in the state, while Owens is an intriguing recruit to watch going forward. Lewis has already been to OU during the spring, and both should be back in Norman for OU’s camp in the summer. With all of the other talent at Southmoore, you know this is going to be a frequent destination for OU coaches for this year and for the years to come. It might as well start this spring, right?
Meeker OL Adrian Wolford
A relative new name to watch. Sooners Illustrated got to see Wolford in person at OU’s spring game and really didn’t know anything about him. Meeker has never been a big hotbed for in-state recruiting, but Wolford seems like he could break out at 6-foot-5 and around at least 300 pounds. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is definitely taking an early interest, and we’ll see how things progress with both sides going forward.
Jenks ATH Reese Leitao
It’s just natural to look for the next Jenks prospect. With guys like Austin Quillen and Dillon Stoner holding down the fort for 2016, Leitao could be that guy for 2017. He’s not getting a lot of attention at this time, but he made enough plays as a sophomore that it feels safe to say he’ll be a name to watch going forward. The question will be whether or not he earns the attention from the Sooners, who obviously have a great history with kids at Jenks.
Wynnewood ATH Baron Odom
Like Wolford, Odom comes from another small school with this one being about 40 miles south of Norman. You have to say athlete right now with Odom because his 6-foot-4 frame is nice but his 210, 215 pounds means there’s no way to pigeonhole where he should be. He’s receiving early interest from OU, already receiving personalized mail. No doubt the Sooners would love to get him to campus for the camp and see where things go from there.
Midwest City DB Evan Fields
Midwest City recruiting coordinator Jason Sexton doesn’t pull punches. He won’t tout a recruit unless he deserves it. He did it with Will Sunderland, an OU signee for 2015, and he has begun saying the same type of things with Fields. Sooners Illustrated got to see Fields replace an injured Sunderland during the season against Lawton and come up with a big performance. Fields is smaller than Sunderland, maybe closer to 5-foot-11 than anything else, but will be a defensive back to pay attention to in the future.