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 second OU Target 10.
No. 1 Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly (No. 17 Scout 300, No. 2 OLB)
Last week: No. 1
After a week in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, it seems even more certain Kelly will end up in Norman and be OU’s lone five-star signee. Kelly spent a lot of time with OU commit Chanse Sylvie, and Sylvie is incredibly confident about the Sooners landing Kelly. The five-star lived up to his billing all week in Texas.
No. 2 OKC John Marshall OT Tramonda Moore (No. 147 Scout 300, No. 11 OT)
Last week: No. 2
Like Kelly, Moore was also in San Antonio for the event. And like Kelly, Sylvie spent a lot of time with Moore and came 100 percent convinced Moore will be a Sooner. OU has to get through this weekend with Moore visiting Oklahoma State and that should be the only realistic hurdle toward his commitment. The rest will be up to Moore when it comes to his academics.
No. 3 Duncanville (Texas) High DL Marcel Southall (No. 36 DT)
Last week: T-3
The Sooners know where they stand with Southall, and it’s clear the next few weeks are just going to be waiting games. OU will make the most of its in-home and school visits, but Southall will actually be on the campuses of Miami, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. Heading into this weekend, though, the Sooners are exactly where they want to be.
No. 4 Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC OLB Kapri Doucet (3-star, No. 78 Scout Juco 100)
Last week: NR
Doucet decommitted from Arizona last week and was offered by OU just a couple hours after that announcement. He’s from the same school as signee Ashton Julious and everything is pointing toward Doucet being a Sooner. He will visit Norman next weekend. And though he has said he wants to wait it out, don’t be surprised if he pulls the trigger after getting a taste of OU.
No. 5 Houston Langham Creek WR Quartney Davis (No. 81 Scout 300, No. 13 WR)
Last week: No. 6
Davis has already had his OU visit scheduled for a few weeks and then Sunday the offer from the Sooners became 100 percent official. Stars have aligned here. Once committed to Texas A&M, has a great relationship with Kyler Murray. Now Murray is at OU, and Davis is going to check out the campus next weekend. Sometimes things simply fall into place and feels that way for OU and Davis.
No. 6 Cibolo (Texas) Steele DE/OLB Mark Jackson (No. 174 Scout 300, No. 17 DE)
Last week: No. 9
All the news from San Antonio was 100 percent good news for OU and Jackson. Still technically committed to Texas A&M, Jackson is about to take some visits this month. His first stop will be in Austin this week to check out the Longhorns. As of now, his visit to OU is penciled in for Jan. 29, the final weekend before signing day. OU has crushed it with final weekend visitors in the last few years.
No. 7 Saraland (Ala.) High WR Velus Jones (No. 77 WR)
Last week: T-3
Will be honest here that it’s more about what Jones isn’t saying compared to what he is. Believe Davis has leapfrogged Jones in terms of the receiver pecking order. But also don’t think OU wouldn’t take Jones if he does decide he wants to be a Sooner. Still committed to USC, things getting a little hazy with Jones. Once thought to be a shoo-in for OU, Jones has also gone pretty silent on the trail.
No. 8 Lawrence (Kan.) High DE Amani Bledsoe (No. 141 Scout 300, No. 17 DE)
Last week: No. 5
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. That’s what wrote last week. Nothing has changed. OU or KU, no way of knowing.
No. 9 Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer OT E.J. Price (No. 110 Scout 300, No. 8 OT)
Last week: No. 8
OU will get its crack with Price this weekend as the third time will be the charm in terms of actually getting him to Norman. Georgia remains the clear favorite but no visit in January can be taken lightly. Those visits mean something because you’re not coming in for some major game or anything like that. Will be up to Bill Bedenbaugh to really make this weekend count with Price.
No. 10 Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove LB Elysee Mbem-Bosse (No. 19 ILB)
Last week: No. 10
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. Expected to visit Florida this weekend and Mbem-Bosse has said he wants to enroll early. If that’s the case, a decision has to be made this weekend.
Missed the cut: Juco DL Jonathan Kongbo; Juco S/OLB Kyzir White; OL Jauan Williams; Juco WR Javon Wims; S/OLB Clifford Chattman.
Dropped out: WR Tyrie Cleveland.