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.
Interior linemen (2)
Committed (1): Harrah (Okla.) High’s Logan Roberson. The definition of why camps still matter. Roberson camped at OU’s elite camp and dominated, having the best day of his life in that sort of environment. Two days he was offered and was committed to OU. His size and strength make him perfect for what offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh loves in his guys.
Favorite: Dublin (Calif.) High’s Matthew Gutwald. He says he’s No. 1 on OU’s board in terms of interior linemen. Doesn’t have an offer yet but is originally from Oklahoma City and is developing a great bond with Bedenbaugh. An offer feels like it would be a game-changer but one that is not there just yet.
Next in line: Philadelphia Imhotep Institute’s JohnCarlo Valentin. A recent OU offer, Valentin’s profile has gone up immensely in last few months. Valentin has expressed a lot of interest in a trip to Norman but hasn’t quite made it just yet.
On the radar: None. Bedenbaugh seems very content to wait things out until senior film and then start to make moves. So hard to question Bedenbaugh after his success so far in Norman.
Offensive tackle (2)
Favorite: Oklahoma City John Marshall’s Tramonda Moore. A move from defense to offense has opened up the recruiting world to Moore. Dominant at OU’s elite camp, he earned the offer from the Sooners last week. But he also earned an offer from Oklahoma State and his uncle is former OSU star wide receiver/tight end Tracy Moore so it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Alabama, TCU and Georgia have also thrown their hat into the ring.
Next in line: Lackawanna (Pa.) CC’s Ashton Julious. Sooners were one of many major offers that happened in a span of a couple of weeks. But as he continues to make visits, OU has not yet been one of them. As other juco targets have gone off the board, seems pretty clear right now it’s down to Leavitt and Julious for that juco tackle spot.
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer's E.J. Price. Recently had OU in his final eight schools. OU has tried to make an imprint in Georgia but it hasn't panned out as of yet. Perhaps Price could change that, but we're a long ways away from that happening.
On the radar: None, for now. Bedenbaugh will go back to work and find a high school offensive tackle, but it might be during the season once some fresh film is there to be evaluated.