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 August. 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 four months since his pledge. If anything, it’s only gotten stronger.
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 great visits to Norman in July and March, Cale Gundy essentially called Whaley the best running back in the nation on Twitter back in May, 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.