There’s always at least one or two of them every year, but the 2017 class could see a lot more than that when you start talking Bedlam battles between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys fired the first shot with the commitment of Collinsville (Okla.) High Scout 100 linebacker Levi Draper, but OU hasn’t thrown in the towel yet with Draper.
Here’s a look at some of the name to be on the watch for:
Collinsville (Okla.) High LB Levi Draper, No. 80 Scout 100
Draper grew up a huge OU fan, but it was OSU that offered first. The Sooners eventually entered the game, but OSU had put in so much work that he pledged to the Cowboys in the summer. He has visited OU during the season as well as Alabama. He remains committed to OSU, but it’s very clear right now OU is not about to just pack it in and move on. The Sooners are still aggressively pursuing Draper for the 2017 class.
Tulsa (Okla.) Union CB Tre Brown, No. 225 Scout 300
Brown made his imprint with OU coaches during the summer camp circuit where he was clearly among the top defensive backs on multiple days. It’s a back and forth deal right now as Brown has taken multiple unofficial visits to both OSU and OU at this point. The deal-maker could end up being which one offers first. He’ll get the offers, but will it come from the orange or crimson and cream?
Moore (Okla.) Southmoore ATH Quindon Lewis, No. 288 Scout 300
Lewis is an intriguing story because most schools see him as a cornerback. But he caught the eye of Lincoln Riley over the summer as a receiver, and he did both incredibly well during his junior season. Like Brown, Lewis has made multiple trips to OU and OSU. And like Brown, he is waiting for the first offer among this group. Other offers are already coming his way so he’s in good shape no matter what.
Putnam City North OL Andre Harris/Shawnee OL Creed Humphrey/Meeker OL Adrian Wolford
They’re grouped together because wherever you see one, you’re likely to see the other two. This trio has set itself apart here early as the offensive linemen names to watch going forward. Might take a while for the offer train to get rolling, but it will for all three of them.