We’ve reached Wednesdays in January, which means it’s time for one thing with the Oklahoma Target 10. The Target 10 is different from the Wish List because where the list examines each position, the Target 10 looks at the overall scope of things.
OU enters January with 15 commitments. And though it’s called the Target 10, don’t be surprised if OU doesn’t even have 10 more commitments for the 2016 class.
Each Wednesday this list will be released and surely will go through massive changes as visits occur, commitments happen and recruits’ feelings change.
Without further ado, the first OU Target 10.
Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly (No. 17 Scout 300, No. 2 OLB)
Still no doubt at all regarding this one. The competition has changed from Michigan to now Notre Dame for Kelly, but the Sooners are exactly where they want to be and where they’ve been for nearly 24 months. It would take something incredibly drastic for Kelly to not head to Norman and be the Sooners’ lone five-star signee for the 2016 class.
OKC John Marshall OT Tramonda Moore (No. 147 Scout 300, No. 11 OT)
The big qualifier here is he still hasn’t visited Oklahoma State for an official visit. Going to a school for an unofficial is one thing, but the official visit can alter things in a hurry. Just ask OU, who went from second fiddle to OSU with Moore to seemingly clear No. 1 following a great visit to Norman last month. Moore won’t visit OSU until Jan. 15 weekend so it’s just going to be a waiting game.
(tie) Duncanville (Texas) High DL Marcel Southall (No. 36 DT)
Like Moore, OU will have to survive other visits with Southall. But unlike Moore, there is not a No. 1 school to be on the watch for. Southall and OU have appeared to be on the same page for several months, especially after a great official visit back in November. Southall is going to maximize his visits with trips to Miami, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. Sooners will have to hold on.
(tie) Saraland (Ala.) High WR Velus Jones (No. 77 WR)
It looked like OU had Jones wrapped up last month. But with Tee Martin now the offensive coordinator at USC, look for Jones to make that trip to SC to see what the Trojans have to offer. Jones would be a major loss as OU continues to try to find that dynamic No. 3 receiver for this class. The search seemed to be over with Jones, but it could end up being one heck of an interesting month at receiver.
Lawrence (Kan.) High DE Amani Bledsoe (No. 141 Scout 300, No. 17 DE)
Bledsoe’s decision could come at any day now. Absolutely any day. He has made all five of his visits. He seems set between OU and Kansas with the debate being whether or not he wants to stay home in Lawrence. OU, defensive line coach Diron Reynolds did everything right in this recruitment, but you just never know when it comes this close toward signing day.
Houston Langham Creek WR Quartney Davis (No. 81 Scout 300, No. 13 WR)
No. 6 might be generous for Davis or it might not be generous enough. Davis decommitted from Texas A&M last month and sure feels like Oklahoma State and UCLA have the upper hand. The thing is Davis has not visited OU yet and plans to do so Jan. 22 weekend. Norman could blow him away to where this isn’t even an issue going forward. Add in Kyler Murray, and OU has a lot to offer someone like Davis.
Houston Spring Westfield WR Tyrie Cleveland (No. 57 Scout 300, No. 9 WR)
Each class there are certain recruits OU won’t throw in the towel with and Cleveland sure feels like he’s going to be one of those guys for this class. Committed to Texas A&M and didn’t matter. Committed now to Houston, and it doesn’t matter. OU has done its best with Cleveland and the hope will be the addition of Murray is going to mean something with Cleveland when it’s all said and done.
Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer OT E.J. Price (No. 110 Scout 300, No. 8 OT)
No. 8 might be too high for Price because the impression is a clear one that OU is just a token finalist. He mentioned the Sooners as one of his three leaders, but what does that really mean? Price has indicated being very happy with all the coaching moves made by Georgia since Mark Richt leaving, and it’s hard to envision him going anywhere else than Athens. He’s set to visit Norman on Jan. 15 weekend.
Cibolo (Texas) Steele DE Mark Jackson (No. 174 Scout 300, No. 17 DE)
A&M’s issues should become either OU or Texas’ big gain here in the final month. Jackson was seemingly down to the Sooners and Aggies before picking A&M back in May. He’s 100 percent back on the market even if he’s technically not decommitted, and OU should do everything it possibly can to land his signature. Jackson has been rumored to have a visit locked down with OU this month, still waiting for confirmation.
Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse (No. 19 ILB)
Seems like the ship has sailed on this one. Mbem-Bosse was set to decide Dec. 17 before opting to delay his announcement. An offer from Florida sure shook things up to where it definitely looks like he will be a Gator before a Sooner. No other school is realistically in the running, but Florida seems to have the edge in this one.