OU's defensive 'wish list' for January

It's the final 'wish list' of the 2016 cycle, examining OU's top defensive targets remaining.

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 December. 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

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Defensive end (1-2)

Committed: None.

Favorite: Lawrence (Kan.) High’s Amani Bledsoe. The Sooners are in this one in a major way. Made his top 10, made his top six and able to get him back to campus for fall camp practices. The key has been developing that relationship with Diron Reynolds, and it sounds like it’s happening. He’s no longer Jerry Montgomery’s kid – he’s a Reynolds guy now. Official visits are done. It’s down to OU and Kansas, and we’ll just see how it goes.

Next in line: Cibolo (Texas) Steele’s Mark Jackson. With all the turmoil at Texas A&M, any committed recruit would appear to be in play. OU offered Jackson way back when and was certainly among his top 2-3 choices before picking the Aggies. The Sooners will be trying hard to land that visit and get a chance to make their best impression.

On the radar: None, at least as of now.

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Defensive tackle (1-2)

Committed (1): Euless (Texas) Trinity’s Chris Daniels. After all the hard work OU put in with Daniels, it all paid off with his birthday announcement. Daniels is OU’s highest-ranked commit of the class right now, but the Sooners will have to contend with a strong charge from Texas in the final month. This is another case, though, where OU should be helped with Kyler Murray transferring to OU as Daniels was really fired up about that news.

Favorite: Duncanville (Texas) High’s Marcel Southall. The secret is out on Southall, and luckily for OU, the Sooners were among the first schools to get in there. Southall made a trip to Norman this summer, and OU did everything it could during his official visit in November. He’s made it clear he’s going to utilize all three visit weekends in January so OU is going to have to hold on following trips to Ole Miss, Miami and Oklahoma State. OU leads as month begins.

Next in line: None. OU is going for a home run with this one. Daniels would be it, and the combo of Daniels and Southall would be sensational for Reynolds.

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Linebacker (5)

Committed (3): 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. Terry had a great official visit last month and put himself on the map nationally with a great week at the Semper Fi all-star game.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos’ Bryce Youngquist. Huge addition for the Sooners after it had looked like Oregon was in the lead for several months. Youngquist had a great official visit to Norman, and it just seems like there’s never going to be anything to worry about. OU is loading up on linebackers for this class, and Youngquist is another pivotal piece to the puzzle.

New Orleans Easton Charter’s Pernell Jefferson. Sooners go back to Warren Easton Charter to find a linebacker for the second straight class. Jefferson seemed like OU’s to lose ever since his offer and initial visit back in February. After months of being on the fence, Jefferson made it official in August to give OU three quality commits heading into the season. But with the success OU is seemingly having on the trail, will he still be there on signing day?

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. Notre Dame appears to be the biggest and most legitimate competition for Kelly, but OU still seems to be comfortably in the lead. His official visit was outstanding. No telling if he does indeed take a fifth visit.

Next in line: Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove’s Elysee Mbem-Bosse. OU has been in his top five for a while, but the Sooners made a major splash following an official visit two weeks ago. After delaying his announcement, it doesn’t look good for OU with Mbem-Bosse, especially following a recent Florida offer that feels like it was a game-changer.

On the radar: Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Kapri Doucet. Is this OU’s response to Dominique Alexander leaving early? Doucet committed to Arizona last week, but his lead recruiter was let go earlier this week. The Sooners offered Monday afternoon and seem to be the team to beat. Teammates with OU signee Ashton Julious.

Miami (Okla.) NEO A&M’s Chris Baccus. Blast from the past. Putting Baccus here because with Dominique Alexander leaving early, a spot opens up for a pure middle linebacker who has two years to play still. Do the Sooners like what they already have on campus? Or will OU return to Baccus, who surprisingly didn’t sign with any school during the December period.

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Cornerback (3)

Committed (3): Waco (Texas) La Vega’s Parrish Cobb. OU was bound to get a four-star cornerback from the state of Texas, the only question of who would it be? Cobb visited Norman back in March, and it was clear Kerry Cooks had made a huge impression on him. One more trip to OU in August sealed the deal as he announced his commitment at Meet the Sooners Day. Talented, versatile threat, great official visit. Cobb helped lead Waco La Vega to its first state championship.

Pittsburg (Calif.) High’s Jordan Parker. The four-star prospect saw all he needed to see when he made his OU official visit three months ago. Parker is OU’s highest-ranked commit at cornerback the moment, and it’s very easy to see why. Always important to continue that Cali pipeline, and it seems like Parker’s personality rubs off with other top Cali recruits. He hasn’t been as vocal as others, but still no reason to suggest things might fall apart.

Washington D.C. Woodson’s Parnell Motley. Cornerback? Or receiver? Does it matter? Motley made an official visit to OU last month and flipped his commitment from Maryland to the Sooners. He showed a lot of promise at both positions as a senior and could be one of those guys where once he gets brought to campus OU will figure out his position.

Favorite: None. Just doesn’t feel like OU is going to play around here, knowing it could affect the commitment status of some of its guys if it does continue to look for more talent.

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Safety (1-2)

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. Has become most active recruiter for OU. He signed his financial aid agreement and will be in Norman for good this month.

Favorite: New Orleans McDonogh 35’s Clifford Chattman. Like a lot of prospects for this class, the question is whether or not he’s a safety or outside linebacker. Officially decommitted from LSU last month and has already visited OU. Chattman brings a lot of versatility to his game, but it doesn’t seem like he knows exactly what he’s looking for just yet.

Next in line: None. Safety not really a spot where OU is hurting so don’t be surprised if you don’t see a new name pop up in the next month.


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