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 October. 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. Ever since Kendall committed in April, it has felt like he’s all-in on being a Sooner. Kendall has been very active on the recruiting trail, trying to help the Sooners. Kendall is off to a great start to his senior season and is set to be a mid-year enrollee at OU.
Favorite: None. OU is not 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: McAllen (Texas) Memorial’s Trevor Speights. Yep, a major change here when looking at running backs. With Jay Boulware in attendance last week, it’s 100 percent clear Speights is a big priority for the Sooners. His senior season has been exceptional and Sunday afternoon ended the drama with Speights getting the offer. He visited for junior day way back when in February.
Next in line: Beaumont (Texas) Central’s Devwah Whaley. The clear OU favorite for months and months seems destined to head to Georgia. What happened between Whaley and OU not sure we will ever quite know, but both sides seem to be at peace with it, especially after a great visit to UGA for Whaley last week.
On the radar: Plano (Texas) High’s Brandon Stephens. Committed to Stanford, Stephens was offered by OU in the last month, which was the first sign things might not be copacetic with Whaley. He seems like a firm commit to the Cardinal, but he also hasn’t ruled out an official visit to OU. Speights is also looking hard at Stanford, for what it’s worth.
Wide receiver (3-4)
Committed (2): Houston Spring Dekaney’s Adrian Hardy. The surprise commitment of the cycle to this point. Hardy had no other offers, but OU got in there nice and early. Following a great trip to Norman for junior day in March, Hardy went home and thought about it and committed less than 72 hours later. He has also been offered by Texas A&M but so far that has not mattered in his recruitment. His senior season has been mixed so far but nothing to suggest he’s not firm with OU.
Tyler (Texas) Junior College’s Ryan Parker. Not known nationally at the time of his commitment, Parker is now. Could end up being a true steal for the Sooners for the one-time TCU commit coming out of high school. Still learning the game, but it didn’t take him long to jump on the OU offer. Made an unofficial visit during the summer, made an official visit two weeks ago so all signs point toward Parker being a 100 percent locked in with OU.
Favorite: Dallas First Baptist Academy’s Camron Williams. The Sooners seem to be wanting one more big-bodied receiver, and Williams fits that description perfectly. OU made his top seven this summer, but the key will be to getting him on campus. Williams has been on OU’s radar for a long time but hasn’t been to Norman for that crucial one-on-one time with coaches.
Next in line: Houston Spring Westfield’s Tyrie Cleveland. The Scout 100 prospect visited OU last week, and from all reports, the Sooners did everything right on that visit. The highlight was the birthday celebration. With Cleveland going quiet on the visit front, no way to fully gauge where things are at right now although OU will continue to push.
Sachse (Texas) High’s Devin Duvernay. The Sooners are playing from behind in this one, and this could be the last month he’s in this list. His brother, Donovan, committed to Baylor last week. And usually where one brother goes, so does the other as we’ve seen often here in the last couple of cycles.
On the radar:
Plano (Texas) East’s Adewale Omotosho. Audie was one of those OU offers at the satellite camp and is now a four-star recruit. The Sooners made his top 10 during the summer, but he’s going to have to show another sign to prove his interest. Without having taken a trip to Norman just yet, still a ways away from this one happening.
Tight end (0-1)
Favorite: None. Nobody even remotely on the radar right now here in the summer. All offered prospects are committed elsewhere and no real new interests have popped up. Going to be incredibly interesting to see how this develops. Perhaps a tight end spot ends up being another receiver, who just happens to have tight end size? Not sure any tight end can be found until prospects get a taste of what Lincoln Riley wants to do with the position at OU. Names like J.C. Chalk and Blake Williams are worth keeping tabs on this season. Williams should visit OU this weekend.
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 loved his official visit to OU three weeks ago. The question is whether or not it will be enough with so many factors going against the Sooners for the high three-star recruit.
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. This might be a good position to watch offers start going out in next few weeks.
Offensive tackle (2)
Favorite: Oklahoma City John Marshall’s Tramonda Moore. OU got in there first, and that might matter more than you think. A who’s who in college football has offered Moore since June so this race won’t be easy. Although traditional powers are knocking on his door, don’t be surprised if this is a pure Bedlam battle between the Sooners and the Cowboys. OSU is making a strong, strong push.
Next in line: Lackawanna (Pa.) CC’s Ashton Julious. Bedenbaugh’s efforts made it seem pretty clear he wants one junior college linemen for this class. Julious could be that guy. The school to watch is definitely South Carolina. He has the offer and is from the area. His OU visit is set for late October.
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer’s E.J. Price. The Sooners had never been mentioned at all by Price, but OU made the cut of his final eight last month. OU has been very active at the school so its presence is there, but the results so far have not been there. Price is expected to take an official visit to Norman this weekend.
Lewisville (Texas) Denzel Okafor. Hmm, we’ll see. Two months Okafor was pretty content saying he was down to TCU and Texas. Then next month he added he wants to make an official visit to OU. It’s a waiting game to see if that actually happens, and if it is more than just a token visit.
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. No reason to be concerned, though.
Special teams (0)
Committed: None. The way Austin Seibert has risen to the challenge as a freshman means this is a dead issue for 2016 class.