OU wish list: Linebacker

The 'wish list' continues with a look at linebacker, and OU fans won't be as disappointed as in the past.

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.

Defense

Linebacker (4-5)

Committed (2): Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry. Surprised everybody by showing up to OU’s first junior day in February, being offered and committing right then and there. Since then, his film has gotten out and nobody is really questioning OU with this one. Sooners simply ahead of the curve.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos’ Bryce Youngquist. The biggest addition of #OUDNA in the month as the four-star prospect surprised some by picking OU instead of Oregon. The Ducks led for several months before one visit to Norman three weeks ago changed the landscape of everything. A major get for the Sooners.

Favorite: Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West’s Caleb Kelly. You want OU to land one five-star prospect for this class? Kelly is your guy. He has already visited for OU’s spring game the last two seasons, and OU is doing a full-court press for Kelly. At least four coaches, including Bob Stoops, are going all-in for Kelly. Michigan appears to be the biggest and most legitimate competition for Kelly, but OU still seems to be comfortably in the lead.

Next in line: New Orleans Easton Charter’s Pernell Jefferson. Teammates with OU signee Arthur McGinnis, OU would love to snag another one from New Orleans. Jefferson had an incredible trip to OU for junior day but was unable to make the trip for the spring game. The offers are starting to come in for Jefferson, but OU is right where it needs to be. Said OU is a guaranteed official visit.

Dallas South Oak Cliff’s Marvin Terry. Who knows if this would have been different had Terry made OU’s spring game? Maybe he would be another commitment for OU. He said OU was his dream school, and he was offered at junior day. Texas Tech is going to be the one to watch, especially with his former high school coach now on staff in Lubbock. He was not active on the trail this summer.

Houston Alief Elsik’s Dontavious Jackson. This is going to be the biggest battle for Tim Kish in this recruiting cycle. So far Kish has pressed all the right buttons, and adding Jackson’s friendship with OU linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, has the Sooners in a great spot. But all the top dogs are coming for Jackson so it won’t be easy, and OU feels like it’s slipping in this one despite making the top 10.

On the radar: Manvel (Texas) High’s Jordan Carmouche. OU made a very nice impression on Carmouche at junior day in March. Since then, things have been kind of quiet so tough to pinpoint where OU stands right now with the Scout 300 prospect. OU is clearly in the mix but too tough to determine right now how legit the interest is. Expected to name his five official visits very soon.


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