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): Miami (Okla.) NEO’s Maurice Chandler. Three years in the making and the former OKPreps star is now officially going to be a Sooner. Chandler is a heck of an addition for the Sooners and will certainly have to be an immediate impact maker. Other offers were appealing, but OU looked like the favorite from the time the offer was given in April.
Favorite: Southlake Carroll (Texas) High’s Obi Eboh. This one could (maybe will) be over by the time this list rolls around next month. Eboh seems destined to commit to OU anytime now. He has developed a great relationship with Kerry Cooks and visited OU with several other area targets last weekend.
Next in line:Waco (Texas) La Vega’s Parrish Cobb. Months later, it still seems like it’s down to the same two schools. Is it OU? Or is it Baylor? Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has done a great job in this recruitment but proximity could play a role. After a great initial visit, it’s going to be crucial for OU to get Cobb back to Norman.
Pittsburg (Calif.) High’s Jordan Parker. The four-star prospect unexpectedly decommitted from UCLA last month with the prevailing thought being the Sooners might be able to come in there and swoop him up. He has already confirmed an official visit to Norman in the fall so that’s a start.
On the radar: None. There are other names like Baylen Buchanan out there, but OU is only taking (most likely) one more corner, and it sure feels like it’s whoever blinks first between Cobb and Eboh.
Committed (1): Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist’s Chanse Sylvie. Got OU back on the commitment board July 30 and the first major high school prospect reeled in by Kerry Cooks. Visited OU twice for both junior days but looked like OU was slipping. As of now, has no intentions at all of visiting any other school this fall.
Favorite: Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe’s Calvin Bundage. Seems like an open-and-shut case here, right? No. 1 prospect within the state, offered early by OU, no-brainer? Not quite so fast. Yes, the Sooners are absolutely sitting pretty right now. But Bundage is content to wait, and it might be too long for OU’s liking in the end.
Next in line:
Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty’s Shurod Thompson. The Sooners are looking to pull off the double with Thompson and Jordan Parker. Best of friends, they could end up being a package deal and both end up in Norman. He has already set up an official visit for OU this fall.
Elk Grove (Calif.) High’s Lamar Jackson. OU made his top 10 one week and made his official visit cut the next one. Another case of the Sooners putting in the work in California and at least giving themselves a puncher’s chance. His visit is set for October.
Dallas Wilmer-Hutchins' Demarkus Acy. Another prospect where it feels like next month he won't be on there because his choice will have been made. Still feels like it's either OU or Texas, but it still feels like the Longhorns are out in front.
On the radar: Gardena (Calif.) Serra’s Brandon Burton. Another case where it’s going to be tough for OU to take somebody away from the west coast. Burton has already set up his OU official visit for the fall so that’s a start, but this is going to be one heck of a tough one to win.
Houston Alief Elsik’s Chris Brown. OU made his top seven last weekend, but it still doesn’t feel like the Sooners are really one of his top choices. He has yet to visit the campus, and Texas seems like the clear school to watch right now.