It’s 2017 week at Sooners Illustrated. Scout released its preliminary Scout 300 for the 2017 class last week, and we’re going to examine all of Oklahoma’s realistic targets in a five-part series.
Obviously there are some prospects where OU is sitting in a better spot than with others, but it’s a nice introduction to get to know some of the best in the nation and who OU is pursuing.
Moore (Okla.) Southmoore CB Quindon Lewis, No. 288
Lewis seemed like he was poised to be the No. 1 prospect in the state at this time last summer. Following a strong sophomore season, Lewis is still on the national radar, but there is a real question about what position he should play. He camped at receiver for OU’s elite camp and is a natural receiver. But his future at cornerback seems like it could lead to a more lucrative recruitment. He’ll have some decisions to make down the road. For now, though, he continues to be on OU’s radar at a school the Sooners are going to get very familiar with.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal WR Jhamon Ausbon, No. 252
Ausbon has seen his recruitment take off in the last month. Not on anybody’s radar heading into the spring evaluation period, Ausbon has made schools take notice based on his camp performances. One of those was a strong one at OU’s satellite camp in the Houston area last month. Other top schools are getting into the mix as well so it will be interesting to see if the Sooners can stay in the race going forward.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union CB Tre Brown, No. 224
His height starting not to matter as much as more and more schools get to see him perform. Following one great camp performance after another, the offers are starting to roll in for Brown. Included in those camps were three fantastic days in front of OU coaches last month. First, at the two-day regular camp and then one more time at the elite camp. Brown had a great sophomore season and is poised to break out even more during his junior campaign.
Fort Worth (Texas) Southern Hills ATH Tracin Wallace, No. 201
Things are a lot more different since Wallace visited OU the first time for junior day. Originally considered a quarterback, it’s clear Wallace won’t be the Sooners quarterback for 2017 with Mesquite (Texas) Horn’s Chris Robison already committed. Wallace’s future, though, doesn’t necessarily have to be at quarterback and the intrigue will be if the mutual interest continues here in the upcoming months.
Richmond (Texas) Travis OT Will Farrar, No. 195
Farrar has been one busy, busy recruit this summer, taking a number of trips to SEC country. The Sooners have shown a considerable amount of interest but have yet to make the offer. Farrar is in that spot with a lot of top schools in the Big 12 and SEC. It feels like if the Sooners were to make that leap, they could easily find themselves in the short list going forward.
Cedar Hill (Texas) WR Jaylon Jackson, No. 173
Cedar Hill has four players in the initial list, and OU is starting to make up some ground with Jackson at wide receiver. Jackson doesn’t have an OU offer yet, but it’s clear the Sooners are starting to show that amount of interest that should eventually lead to an offer. It has been hit-and-miss for OU at Cedar Hill, but you know the Sooners will keep heading in that direction.