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.
Dallas Woodrow Wilson WR Charleston Rambo, No. 125
Another example of why camps matter. Most OU fans hadn’t heard the name until Rambo showed out at OU’s satellite camp in the Dallas area last month. The Sooners have made a strong impression here early, but it’s obviously about what happens from here than what has already happened. As his recruiting profile continues to increase, it could mean something the fact OU got in there so early.
Fort Worth (Texas) South Hills WR Tylan Wallace, No. 115
The other Wallace twin to go along with his brother, Scout 300 ATH Tracin Wallace. There are no questions about where Tylan will end up in college as he is slowly setting himself apart from the bulk of the crowd at wide receiver. He visited OU with his brother for the March junior day but neither brother has received an OU offer as of now.
Saratoga Springs (Utah) Westlake S Chaz Ah You, No. 98
One of the more perplexing recruitments going on right now with OU. Ah You camped all three days in Norman last year. His uncle, C.J. Ah You, is a former OU defensive lineman and current quality control coach. All the pieces are there for OU to swoop in and end this recruitment, but the Sooners have not made that next step yet. The longer the wait goes, the less likely it will be for OU to be the slam dunk with Ah You that it definitely looked like it would be.
Waco (Texas) La Vega TE Kedrick James, No. 94
The only tight end in this list for OU as the position is going to be very interesting to watch going forward. The last three years the tight end spot has been non-existent for OU, at least any tight ends that want to catch the ball. James, though, has significant OU ties and significant mutual interest. The Sooners offered him last month and are in a great early spot although James’ recruitment isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.
Collinsville (Okla.) High LB Levi Draper, No. 84
The most talked about in-state recruit for a long time. Draper has dismissed the notion of being offended with the Sooners taking so long before making the offer. But it will be interesting to see if there are any long-lasting effects to the fact OU waited several months longer to offer than what most OU fans would have liked. The No. 1 prospect in the state, Draper is certainly going to have his choice of a who’s who selection of schools.
Mesquite (Texas) Horn QB Chris Robison, No. 79
OU’s lone commitment for the 2017 class, and it’s a major one for the Sooners and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley. At this time last month he wasn’t even offered, but Robison fared so well at the satellite camp in the Dallas area that OU was quick to make the move. And Robison, despite having quality offers from other regional schools, decided he didn’t need to wait anymore and committed to the Sooners two weeks ago.