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.
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer S Isaiah Pryor, No. 74
Pryor’s father played with Bob Stoops at Iowa, and the Sooners have used that connection to the fullest. Pryor has camped at OU the last three summers and was arguably the best prospect to hit the campus last month. But the question that will have to be answered is whether or not it’s Pryor just enjoying his visits or if he’s 100 percent legitimately serious about the Sooners because it’s possible he never visits again if not.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal OT Walker Little, No. 65
Little seems to be another major target for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. He doesn’t always get his man, but you know with Bedenbaugh that it’s never ever because of a lack of effort. Little was one of the first offensive tackle offers for the Sooners, but once you hit the top 100, it’s clear the battles are never going to be easy.
La Grange (Texas) High ATH J.K. Dobbins, No. 56
No. 2 usually feels pretty good as it pertains to a 2017 recruit, but it’s a distant No. 2 for the Sooners now. OU offered before Texas with Dobbins, but it doesn’t appear like it’s going to matter. Dobbins has been pretty truthful about liking OU a lot but always dreaming about being a Longhorn. As of now, however, Dobbins remains OU’s only offer at running back for the 2017 class. Feels like OU will need another.
Kennedale (Texas) High OLB Baron Browning, No. 50
Now once you get to the top 50, you’re really just hoping at this point and never knowing for sure where you actually stand. Browning is one of those guys. With all the top offers coming his way and with plenty of more to come, you just don’t know if OU’s offer is ever going to resonate. The Sooners will have to turn up the pressure if they want to be in this hunt going forward.
Dallas Bishop Dunne CB Chevin Calloway, No. 39
What a difference several months make. When Calloway visited OU in the winter, he had an offer but wasn’t nearly the national prospect like he is now. Calloway has emerged to be one of the best cornerback prospects in the nation, and it’s going to be about making sure Calloway takes at least another trip to Norman. But it will no doubt have to be more than one when it’s all said and done.
Plano (Texas) East ILB Anthony Hines, No. 32
The No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation, now around 70 offers, but the Sooners and their fans should absolutely believe they are in contention. Hines has made multiple visits to Norman over the years and has talked about his strong bond with linebackers coach Tim Kish. As long as OU continues to get the visits the other schools are getting, you cannot ask for much more than that at this point of his recruitment.