Things are starting to work themselves out on the recruiting trail. It’s time to start looking more intently on Oklahoma’s “wish list” for the Class of 2016.
Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into July. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2016. The names do not necessarily reflect OU’s official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.
Committed (1): Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson’s Austin Kendall. Lincoln Riley has started with a bang with his first quarterback commit at OU. Kendall, a one-time Tennessee commit, is a clear four-star talent who committed to OU in April. He’s someone who can make all the throws, has a natural competitive nature and seems to be perfect for what Riley wants to do in Norman. Nothing has changed in the two months since his pledge.
Favorite: None. OU seems to be done looking at a second quarterback. Initially it felt like there could be a second signal-caller for this class, but getting someone as highly touted as Kendall, has sort of eliminated the need and desire for a second quarterback.
Running back (1)
Favorite: Beaumont (Texas) Central’s Devwah Whaley. There is no doubt OU is making Whaley the No. 1 priority. Quarterback commit Austin Kendall is recruiting him. OU coaches Cale Gundy, Jay Boulware and Lincoln Riley are recruiting him. Coming off a great visit to Norman in March, OU visited Whaley with one of its first trips during the spring evaluation period. Cale Gundy essentially called Whaley the best running back in the nation on Twitter last month, don’t think he says that unless he knows Whaley is OU-bound.
Next in line: McAllen (Texas) Memorial’s Trevor Speights. The one-time Arizona commit is back on the market, and it’s clear OU has interest. But it also seems pretty dang clear that interest is only if Whaley looks elsewhere. The time and effort being devoted to Whaley combined with OU’s confidence in where it stands probably means Speights will look at another school.
On the radar: None. Time to get realistic here. The Sooners are basically Whaley or bust, and there’s a great reason to believe that will work out. Nobody is in contention for this spot. All of OU’s camps and satellite camps didn’t feature any running backs where you thought an offer was possible. Sooners are locked in with Whaley.
Wide receiver (3-4)
Committed (2): Houston Spring Dekaney’s Adrian Hardy. The surprise commitment of the cycle to this point. Hardy had no other offers, but OU got in there nice and early. Following a great trip to Norman for junior day in March, Hardy went home and thought about it and committed less than 72 hours later. He has also been offered by Texas A&M but so far that has not mattered in his recruitment.
Tyler (Texas) Junior College’s Ryan Parker. Not known nationally at the time of his commitment, Parker certainly will be now. Could end up being a true steal for the Sooners for the one-time TCU commit coming out of high school. Still learning the game, but it didn’t take him long to jump on the OU offer. Has yet to see the campus but recently earned an offer from Texas as his profile continues to increase.
Favorite: Dallas First Baptist Academy’s Camron Williams. The spots are filling up fast for OU at this position for this class, but these guys you know OU will still make an exception for. Williams was sensational at a satellite camp last summer and earned the OU offer. Williams hasn’t visited campus yet, but first-year coach Dennis Simmons is certainly trying to build that rapport. As time goes on, there’s some talk about Williams moving to linebacker but it’s still WR for OU.
Plano (Texas) East’s Adewale Omotosho. Audie was one of those recent OU offers at the satellite camp. Just earned four-star status by Scout and is definitely one to watch. You know OU is interested with the offer, and you look at his sheet and have to believe if the Sooners are that serious, they should be in contention until the end.
Next in line: Sachse (Texas) High’s Devin Duvernay. The dream for OU was to pull off that Sachse double with Duvernay and cornerback Jared Mayden. That won't happen. Duvernay will be one tough battle to win, but the Sooners put their best foot forward with a great junior day visit four months ago. Where things go from here will tell the real story as Duvernay has been pretty quiet and OU has been striking out with top targets.
On the radar: La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat’s Tyler Vaughns. All OU can really hang its hat on is the fact it made his top 11 way back when. Where it really stands? Not sure. And will the list really mean anything until he visits? Good question. Hangs around in this part of the wish list, but long ways from happening.
Tight end (0-1)
Favorite: None. Nobody even remotely on the radar right now here in the summer. All offered prospects are committed elsewhere and no real new interests have popped up. Going to be incredibly interesting to see how this develops. Perhaps a tight end spot ends up being another receiver, who just happens to have tight end size? Not sure any tight end can be found until prospects get a taste of what Lincoln Riley wants to do with the position at OU.
Interior linemen (2)
Committed (1): Harrah (Okla.) High’s Logan Roberson. The definition of why camps still matter. Roberson camped at OU’s elite camp and dominated, having the best day of his life in that sort of environment. Two days he was offered and was committed to OU. His size and strength make him perfect for what offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh loves in his guys.
Next in line: None. Bedenbaugh and OU were all-in with Parker Boudreaux and there are no legitimate targets offered at this time. It will be interesting to see if OU takes another look at Rowdy Frederick again or Matthew Gutwald as another possibility. If not, look for Bedenbaugh to hit the trail hard once the season begins to find those late bloomers.
Offensive tackle (2)
Favorite: Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Tate Leavitt. Another recruit where offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has absolutely put in the work to have the Sooners in such a great spot. Recently offered, it feels like OU is guaranteed an official visit and should be in the short list going forward. Has already visited the campus once.
Oklahoma City John Marshall’s Tramonda Moore. A move from defense to offense has opened up the recruiting world to Moore. Dominant at OU’s elite camp, he earned the offer from the Sooners last week. But he also earned an offer from Oklahoma State and his cousin is former OSU star wide receiver/tight end Tracy Moore so it will be interesting to see where things go from here.
Next in line: Lackawanna (Pa.) CC’s Ashton Julious. Sooners were one of many major offers that happened in a span of a couple of weeks. But as he continues to make visits, OU has not yet been one of them. As other juco targets have gone off the board, seems pretty clear right now it’s down to Leavitt and Julious for that juco tackle spot.
On the radar: None, for now. Bedenbaugh will go back to work and find a high school offensive tackle, but it might be during the season. OU has struck out with J.P. Urquidez (Baylor), Kellen Diesch (Arkansas) and Jean Delance (OU not in top nine). As documented before, it just feels that when it comes to offensive line recruiting and Bedenbaugh, there’s never a real concern about OU getting what it wants and needs.
Special teams (0)
Committed: None. The only way OU dips into the special teams waters is if something happens with incoming freshman Austin Seibert. Either he gets a big injury or is unable to perform to his ability. That’s the only way OU even starts looking in this direction. Seibert is the kicker/punter of the future, and with scholarships being at a premium even more than usual for this class, can’t see anything developing right now and certainly not during the summer.