Sooner Intel, Pt. II: News and nuggets

Trail starting to heat up for some of OU's top targets.

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OU makes the cut for Bledsoe

The Sooners unexpectedly were unable to make a dent with Wichita (Kan.) East Xavier Kelly, but the Sooners are putting in work with another Scout 300 prospect from the state of Kansas.

Lawrence (Kan.) High’s Amani Bledsoe had OU in his top 10 last month and now the Sooners have made the next hurdle in making his top six.

Bledsoe, originally recruited by Jerry Montgomery, has absolutely become a Diron Reynolds guy. Reynolds worked hard in the spring with Bledsoe and that work was rewarded with an outstanding trip to Norman last week.

It’s an interesting group with regional schools like KU and Mizzou in the picture to go with west coast powers Oregon and UCLA. NC State rounds it out as the Wolfpack have been with Bledsoe since day one.

All signs continue to point toward the Sooners being able to land Bledsoe, but that is obviously contingent on OU continuing to put in the work on the trail.

OU won’t need a lot from this defensive line class because of the depth that is there right now, but Bledsoe would be one heck of an addition.

Brown getting familiar with Sooners

Nobody helped himself more on the trail within the state this summer than Tulsa (Okla.) Union cornerback Tre Brown.

Brown earned his No. 223 ranking in the Scout 300 and is the second-ranked player in the state right now for the class.

At every camp he went to, he showed out. OU, OSU, TCU, the Michigan showcase in Dallas, he was always among the top performers.

“It was important, and it helped to get my name out there, but now it’s all about the team,” Brown said.

Despite all these stellar showings, interest is still relatively low for someone of his caliber. He was at OU’s regular camp and then invited back for the elite one-day camp. And he made another trip to Norman this last weekend.

This last trip might be the one that starts turning the tide toward the Sooners. Brown said he was able to talk with Bob Stoops and admits his relationship with OU is a lot better now than it was even after his camp performances.

“It’s good right now,” Brown said. “They said they’d be at the Southlake Carroll game and would let me know when they’re going to offer.”

Tulsa Union begins the season against the Texas powerhouse, and it could be a look at a couple of future Sooners in the secondary. OU is high in the list for Scout 300 cornerback Obi Eboh for the 2016 class.

Brown mentioning OU will let him know when it will offer goes in line with what Southmoore’s Quindon Lewis also said about the Sooners wanting to offer the best in the state.

With such a new staff, it will be interesting if OU handles some of its offers in this blunt way, essentially saying it will offer when it feels the time is right.

“It would mean something, for sure,” Brown said. “But with the season going on now, I’m not really thinking about that stuff. I’m all about the team.”

Brown didn’t really have a chance to strut his stuff in a scrimmage Thursday night. Not one ball was thrown his way during the entire scrimmage. Still, Brown knows where he’s made the most improvement.

Already one of the fastest kids in the state, Brown had to add to his toughness.

“Tackling. My tackling is a lot better,” Brown said. “It had to be because I know I have to step up for my team.”

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