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 mid-January with 16 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 third OU Target 10.
No. 1 Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly (No. 17 Scout 300, No. 2 OLB)
Last week: No. 1
It’s a two-horse race between OU and Notre Dame. Irish sources are feeling incredibly confident with how things have gone in the last month and have made this a real competition in the final two weeks before signing day. It’s hard to see OU losing out on Kelly after being his top school for nearly 24 months, but OU will need to close strong in the next 14 days to make sure it happens. It’s all relative. Is ND closing strong to flip him or closing strong to make it an actual race?
No. 2 OKC John Marshall OT Tramonda Moore (No. 144 Scout 300, No. 12 OT)
Last week: No. 2
Moore did indeed make the trip to Stillwater. And though things definitely went well, the consensus feeling is nothing happened on the visit to sway him away from the pro-OU feelings he has right now. Moore is expected to visit Alabama this weekend. On the surface, though, it doesn’t look like a visit OU fans should be worried about. You could probably make the case for Moore swapping with Kelly at No. 1 after this last week.
No. 3 Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC OLB Kapri Doucet (3-star, No. 78 Scout Juco 100)
Last week: 4
The schools are known. He’s down to OU, Louisville and Arkansas. An offer from the Hogs last Friday meant a lot to Doucet, but the Sooners are still the team to beat heading into this weekend. Doucet is expected to head to Norman this weekend where perhaps we’ll all get a better feel of things. A commitment isn’t out of the question although Doucet said he wants to take all of his visits left.
No. 4 Houston Langham Creek WR Quartney Davis (No. 90 Scout 300, No. 14 WR)
Last week: No. 5
OU officially made his top five on Tuesday, which came as a shock to nobody at all. His visit to OSU is done and now the schools to watch are UCLA and Texas A&M. The Sooners will get their chance to make their case this weekend, and OU has been slowly building momentum with Davis like crazy here in the last couple of weeks. This visit will be a strong indicator of where things stand, and if the visit actually happens. Find out soon enough.
No. 5 Cibolo (Texas) Steele DE/OLB Mark Jackson (No. 149 Scout 300, No. 19 DE)
Last week: No. 6
Jackson’s visit to Texas is in the books. Despite it being positive from all accounts, it didn’t sound like that game-changing visit it needed to be. The Aggies haven’t thrown in the towel just yet, either, for Jackson, but OU is sitting pretty here. The plan remains to have Jackson on campus that final weekend before signing day, which has been a good thing for OU the last couple of recruiting cycles.
No. 6 Duncanville (Texas) High DL Marcel Southall (No. 36 DT)
Last week: No. 3
Even though Southall had been clear about his upcoming visits, there was always a sneaking feeling Texas was going to get involved. It happened last week as Southall visited Austin instead of Stillwater. Miami and Ole Miss are still in this game, too. Could this be a case where OU’s official visit was too dang early in the process or can OU keep it going with in-home visits?
No. 7 Saraland (Ala.) High WR Velus Jones (No. 76 WR)
Last week: No. 7
The USC visit is in the books. Jones finally made the trip out west to see the Trojans and get to know offensive coordinator Tee Martin a lot better. Those in the USC camp think Jones is more likely to stick with the Trojans now, while those at Tennessee think Jones is still a viable option for Vols. We’re going to roll with Sooners until something else changes.
No. 8 Washington D.C. Archbishop Carroll OT Jauan Williams (No. 28 OT)
Last week: NR
Welcome to the list, Mr. Williams. Right now a lot of people are thinking Florida State will be the school of choice, but OU has gone as all-in as you can with Williams during the last week. Lincoln Riley visited Williams on Thursday and then Riley, Dennis Simmons and Bill Bedenbaugh were with Williams and his family on Monday. The goal is to get him to OU the final weekend before signing day.
No. 9 Sachse (Texas) High CB Jared Mayden (No. 56 Scout 300, No. 4 CB)
Last week: NR
What once was old is new again as it appears like the OU legacy might finally be a legitimate target for the Sooners. The one-time Oregon commit visited Alabama last week and is set to check out Norman for an official this weekend. His father played basketball for OU, but it’s never seemed to matter. All credit goes to defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks for getting OU in the hunt here.
No. 10 Lawrence (Kan.) High DE Amani Bledsoe (No. 185 Scout 300, No. 23 DE)
Last week: No. 8
This decision could still come at any day, but look for it to be for the Jayhawks. Only reason Bledsoe still in the list is because it’s clearly down to OU and Kansas so if Bledsoe were to have second thoughts, the Sooners are the choice. As of now, though, it doesn’t feel like that will happen and Bledsoe is going to stay at home.
Missed the cut: S/OLB Clifford Chattman; DE Brandon Bowen; ILB Elysee Mbem-Bosse; Juco DL Jonathan Kongbo; Juco S/OLB Kyzir White.
Dropped out: OT E.J. Price; ILB Elysee Mbem-Bosse.