It’s a great year in the state for quarterbacks. There’s no doubt about it. But when you’re looking at Oklahoma and where the Sooners will be targeting their efforts, all eyes need to head toward the offensive line.
Multiple recruits have said OU is planning on taking four offensive linemen for the Class of 2016, and there are a number of top OKPreps linemen who could be in the hunt for one of those elusive spots.
With that in mind, in alphabetical order, Sooners Illustrated is here to look at the seven linemen to be on the watch for during the upcoming months.
Lexington High’s Tyler Brown
Brown wasn’t on the radar for anybody two months ago. And anyone who says he was is just trying to impress you. Watch Brown’s film, watch him in person, though, and you start to see what the big deal is all about. Brown has racked up quality offers but last week was the blasting point for him with offers from Arizona State and TCU on the same day. There’s no doubt the Horned Frogs are the leader right now.
OU interest: High. Brown visited the campus last month, and it’s clear he’s in the conversation and pretty far up OU’s board. The offer hasn’t come yet, but it certainly could during this spring evaluation period.
Stroud High’s Tiller Bucktrot
The Semper Fi regional camp last month brought a lot of the state’s best linemen to Oklahoma City. Bucktrot wasn’t a known name heading into the event, but he was the talk of the event coming out of it. He absolutely earned the Offensive MVP from the event and has made Stroud relevant for the first time on the recruiting trail since OU basketball went after Kevin Bookout more than 10 years ago.
OU interest: Low. It was a breakout outing for Bucktrot at the Semper Fi, but he’s not quite there yet. He has camped at OU before and had initial conversations with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, but it will still take some time if it does start to develop.
Lawton MacArthur’s T.J. Fiailoa
At this time last year it looked like Fiailoa was going to be the early favorite to land with an OU offer. Other offers have come his way, but there hasn’t been much with the Sooners in a while. A nice spring could change all that as OU is certainly familiar with Fiailoa and what he can do.
OU interest: Low. It didn’t take long for Josh Heupel, once he went to Utah State, to make that offer to Fiailoa. Heupel would love to get Fiailoa headed out west, and right now, it feels like he’ll make a home somewhere outside of Norman.
Broken Arrow High’s Rowdy Frederick
Frederick introduced himself to the recruiting world at this time last year. He was sensational at summer camps and at OU’s camp. His junior season was sort of taken away from him because of injuries, but he has become a name to watch again in the last couple of months. Frederick dominated at the Rivals camp last month that led to a Texas Tech offer.
OU interest: High. Frederick has been a frequent visitor to OU and has a great relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh. Frederick has been to OU for camps, games and was in Norman one more time for junior day. If he shows he can stay healthy, he could be the OU offer guy.
Oklahoma City Heritage Hall’s Luther Harris
There’s nobody bigger in the state than Harris. That’s a good thing, but also something he knows he needs to work on. Everybody loves the height, but the weight has been a concern. Harris has been around 350-360 pounds for a while and knows he needs to get himself in great condition. The offers, though, are starting to pile up as he has put in big-time work during camps in the last couple of months.
OU interest: Medium. He’s not completely off the radar with OU right now, but he’s not the favorite to earn an offer, either. If Harris gets into the tip-top shape OU is looking for, he jumps right into the mix of this conversation.
Harrah High’s Logan Roberson
A pupil of former OU great J.D. Runnels, Roberson has seen his stock increase steadily throughout the last couple of months. Roberson has incredible strength and the offers are starting to pour in because of that strength. As he become more versatile and flexible, his stock will go even higher and could do so during this spring eval period.
OU interest: Medium. The Runnels connection will get you in the door, but after that, it’s all going to be about producing. Roberson has visited OU multiple times, including for junior day, so he’s on the radar.
Hollis High’s Jace Webb
Webb is making sure coaches across the nation learn where Hollis is. One of the biggest issues with players from this area is getting noticed and getting the recognition. Webb has already done that with multiple offers and should see plenty of coaches come his way during these next couple of weeks.
OU interest: Low. At least for now, doesn’t seem like OU and Hollis will be a connection that will be made. Webb will no doubt find a home at a quality school regardless of what happens.