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.
Southlake Carroll (Texas) S Robert Barnes, No. 169
When you’re talking OU is in a better spot with some than others, Barnes might be the first name you think about. His father was former team captain Reggie Barnes, and OU has managed to get into Robert’s recruitment sooner rather than later. OU offered Barnes following its satellite camp in the Dallas area last month, and there feels like there shouldn’t be one reason why OU doesn’t remain there for the duration of his recruitment.
New Orleans Brother Martin ATH Bruce Jordan-Swilling, No. 166
The “ATH” label has made Swilling an interesting case to follow. While most schools are offering Jordan-Swilling at running back, OU is the lone offer that has said 100 percent it wants him at running back. The adopted son of former NFL great Pat Swilling, it’s going to be tough to get Swilling away from the SEC or from Georgia Tech. His offer sheet is growing by the week, but OU was his second overall offer if that means anything going forward.
Lancaster (Texas) High WR Omar Manning, No. 151
Sometimes a recruit will visit, and you don’t really know much about him. That sure seems to be the case when Manning was one of several Lancaster recruits to visit OU for junior day. All that was really known was he was a 2017 prospect who appeared like he should be on the rise. Well, that rise has happened during the spring evaluation period and summer camp performances. Now will he return to Norman, and will OU make the offer?
Brighton (Utah) High ATH Sione Heimuli-Lund, No. 144
This is one of those baffling situations. OU was fortunate to get Heimuli-Lund to Norman for a visit already but for some reason didn’t pull the trigger there for an offer and hasn’t done so in the months since his trip. Heimuli-Lund’s recruiting stock has increased dramatically in the last few months, and the longer OU waits to make the leap, the more unlikely it feels like the Sooners will ever really be in the picture.
McKinney (Texas) Boyd OG Tyrese Robinson, No. 142
Another example of offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh putting in the work nice and early, but it won’t be easy to land someone as coveted as Robinson. The Sooners have already made the offer, but with no real ties to OU, this is going to be a tough recruitment to win with so many regional and national schools vying for signature as well.
Wylie (Texas) East RB Eno Benjamin, No. 134
Since Jay Boulware has taken over as the running backs coach, he hasn’t made too many offers. And he hasn’t offered Benjamin just yet, but it sure feels like Benjamin will get one, and he’s definitely in the short list of candidates. Benjamin visited the campus last month and already has quality offers already in the books so it will be intriguing to see if/when Boulware decides to really get serious with Benjamin.