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.
Frisco (Texas) High C Jack Anderson, No. 30
Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has done a lot to try to keep the Sooners in contention for Anderson, but it feels like an incredibly uphill climb against Texas Tech and other schools. Anderson is the No. 1-ranked center for the class and with good reason, too. OU just has to keep staying in the mix and perhaps try to strike later in his recruitment.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) High S Jeffrey Okudah, No. 24
Now in the top 25 for the class, it becomes even tougher to evaluate things. Okudah visited OU for its junior day. He didn’t leave with an offer, but he was given the offer the very next day. Problem is Okudah has racked up one top offer after another and has also visited multiple schools across the country so he knows what’s he looking for and what is standing out. What we don’t know is if OU is one of them.
Edwardsville (Ill.) High DE A.J. Epenesa, No. 17
If there’s one recruit in the top 25 where OU fans can feel confident about its current standing, it is with Epenesa. Going beyond his father’s ties to most of OU’s coaching staff, the Sooners earned a major boost by being able to get Epenesa to Norman last month for the elite camp. OU is going to be a major player for Epenesa. Midwest schools will be tough to beat, but the Sooners should be there until the end.
Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco OL Wyatt Davis, No. 14
OU was offer No. 2 for Davis, and there really was no reason to think the offer resonated so much with him. But as his recruitment progresses and a lot of other top offers come his way, the Sooners still seem to be fresh on his mind. His goal is to make a trip to Norman during this month. If that happens, things change dramatically in terms of where OU really stands with Davis. But that visit is far from being locked down and you know how fast things can change.
Westbury Park (Calif.) High CB Darnay Holmes, No. 12
Holmes was a part of the mega-group of California prospects that visited major colleges across the country in the spring. OU was hesitant to offer a lot of them, but the Sooners did offer Holmes, and now it’s a waiting game. A legit five-star prospect, everybody is going to be coming after Holmes and OU could get lost in the shuffle.