Oklahoma concluded a crazy week of camps last week, both on campus and at satellite camps in Texas.
A number of recruits showed the Sooners what they could do and a number of them earned offers. Who helped their case the most?
Sooners Illustrated publisher Bob Przybylo examines the five recruits whose stock is going way up after OU’s camps.
2017 Tulsa (Okla.) Union CB Tre Brown
Think this one goes without saying. Brown was receiving some lukewarm interest from the OU coaching staff. But these last two weeks have absolutely made him one to watch going forward. The problem is going to be regarding his size. Brown has out of this world speed, legit 4.4 in the 40-yd. dash speed. But his size can’t be more than 5-foot-10. So OU is going to have to weigh the size and speed components and come up with an answer. Brown was sensational at OU’s two-day camp and brought it once again for OU’s elite camp three days later. If nothing else, Brown has helped his recruiting profile immensely in the last two weeks.
Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland OL Henry Hattis
You could argue it’s Hattis or fellow New Mexico product Grant Hermanns. But based on the camp performance, it seems like Hattis has the slight edge. The question will be if Hattis did enough to get into the offer conversation. The Sooners do not have a long list of legitimate offensive tackle targets in the high school ranks. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh will no doubt do his research and will figure it out. And as history has shown with Bedenbaugh, whatever decision he makes is probably going to end up being the right one for the program.
Stillwater (Okla.) WR Jordan Brown
Brown had a huge opportunity to showcase his talents at the elite camp. He knew it immediately that he didn’t have the best day. But he bounced back. He had the second shot to do so at the satellite camp, and Brown tore it up the following day. It’s going to be a numbers game at receiver. OU has a history of taking a chance on in-state receivers like Jordan Smallwood (2013) and Dahu Green (2015). Brown has quality offers already so there’s no guarantee he’ll stick around for a look from the Sooners. He’ll have a much better shot with OU as it seems like size isn’t a huge factor with OU’s new style of offense.
2017 Midwest City (Okla.) S Evan Fields
Store this name away. Fields got in the door because of his relationship with freshman safety Will Sunderland. But that only gets it started. After that, it’s up to your own talent and that’s where Fields is starting to make a pretty big name for himself. It seemed pretty clear based on the way defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks was showing him attention that Fields is going to be one of those on the radar for the Sooners in the 2017 class. You could make the argument OU won’t have to leave the state for its 2017 class and Fields would be one of the reasons why.
Sapulpa (Okla.) High LB Dae Williams
Williams camped all three days last year at OU as a running back. He’s a quality back, but OU doesn’t need another quality back. So Williams came back this year and OU coaches asked him to be a linebacker. And in his first audition, he delivered in spades. Williams is a very physical presence and has put on a lot of strength from the end of last season. He’d be the definition of a project at linebacker, and he’ll have to weigh whether or not he’d rather be a running back elsewhere because he has those offers. But what is clear is Williams did everything right last week in Norman.