OU target 10: Week 4

The final edition of the OU target 10, the last Wednesday before signing day.

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 late-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 final edition of the OU Target 10.

No. 1 Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB Caleb Kelly (No. 17 Scout 300, No. 2 OLB)

Last week: No. 1

One more week before finally know where Kelly stands. OU has seemingly been in the driver’s seat for nearly two full years ever since his first trip to Norman for the spring game in 2014. Notre Dame has made a strong charge, but OU answered right back last week when momentum was slipping away. Waiting two years, so what’s another few hours? Kelly has by far the latest signing time of anybody at 7:30 p.m. CST for his ceremony. Would be OU’s lone five-star signee.

No. 2 OKC John Marshall OT Tramonda Moore (No. 144 Scout 300, No. 12 OT)

Last week: No. 2

Things have gone so quiet with Moore, and that’s not a bad thing in this case. After his Oklahoma State visit, you thought there might be more of a back and forth tussle between the Bedlam schools. Doesn’t appear it will be that way. OU seems to be sitting pretty with the top-ranked prospect in the state. He didn’t visit Alabama last weekend. If he does visit anywhere this time around, it would be Miami, but it wouldn’t be one to worry about.

No. 3 Tulsa (Okla.) McLain ATH Joshua Jacobs (No. 7 in OKPreps)

Last week: NR

Jacobs came from almost out of nowhere to become one of the most sought after recruits in the state the last few weeks. Not quite a running back. Not quite a wide receiver. It’s as simple as just getting the ball in his hands after rushing for more than 2,700 yards and 36 touchdowns. The Sooners have made an incredibly strong push in last two weeks. Though Missouri has been there longer and schools like Ohio State and Alabama have begun showing interest, OU in good position and has to lock it up with visit.

No. 4 Sachse (Texas) High CB Jared Mayden (No. 56 Scout 300, No. 4 CB)

Last week: No. 9

The biggest charge made by Sooners this month is with Mayden, an OU legacy as his father played basketball for the Sooners. All credit goes to defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks for not throwing in the towel with Mayden when there were so many chances to do just that. Mayden is down to OU and Alabama and will announce on signing day. All of his official visits are in the books so it’s all up to Mayden to make the call.

No. 5 Southlake Carroll (Texas) High WR Zach Farrar (No. 57 WR)

Last week: NR

Farrar, a four-star committed to Mississippi State last week, is all set to make an official visit to Norman this weekend. After listening to the OU coaches on Tuesday night, he’s all-in and wants this opportunity. OU has been real honest with Farrar in terms of his position on the totem pole. His name has finally come up, and OU might make a real nice last-weekend steal here following the Velus Jones saga ending with him as a Trojan.

No. 6 Cibolo (Texas) Steele DE/OLB Mark Jackson (No. 149 Scout 300, No. 19 DE)

Last week: No. 5

You could argue Jackson would be the biggest recruiting battle victory for the Sooners in this cycle if it happens. Jackson had zero ties to OU. Had incredible interest from the top schools in Texas, and if he picked OU, nice statement being made. Still committed to Texas A&M and Texas is absolutely in this hunt, too. Jackson is scheduled to see Norman this weekend. If he makes the visit, it’s game on in this battle. If not, yea, Sooners outside looking in.

No. 7 Duncanville (Texas) High DL Marcel Southall (No. 36 DT)

Last week: No. 6

Southall doing exactly what he said he would be doing. One visit after another. Texas and Miami are in the books and have to figure the trip to Ole Miss will happen 100 percent this weekend. OU has lost steam with Southall, or maybe more accurately that Texas has built up steam. The Longhorns are rolling in top defensive tackle targets so see if it becomes a numbers game. If OU loses out, could be the official visit was simply too dang early in the process in November.

No. 8 Trophy Club (Texas) Byron Nelson DE Brandon Bowen (No. 130 Scout 300)

Last week: NR

You want find too many recruits as quiet as Bowen for the 2016 class, but it’s clear the OU visit last weekend made a big impression on him. Spending time with Mayden didn’t hurt, either. The question will be an easy one: was it enough to sway him from Baylor and want to make the flip? Bowen has been solid with the Bears for a long time even though his commitment was only New Year’s Day. The Sooners have made it interesting. But just how interesting? To be determined.

No. 9 Edmond (Okla.) Memorial K Braxton Pickard (No. 16 K)

Last week: NR

Things get a little bit murky here as it’s not clear whether or not there is a scholarship position for Pickard going forward. It could just be a preferred walk-on spot. Regardless, he will make an official visit to campus this weekend and try to get a better feel of where he stands. A scholarship locks him up. But honestly, even without a full ride, the Sooners are still sitting pretty here because of the work done by Jay Boulware the last two years.

No. 10 Euless (Texas) Trinity DT Chris Daniels, No. 148 Scout 300, No. 14 DT)

Last week: NR

Committed to OU on his birthday in December before decommitting last week, a mere 33 days later. Daniels is clearly torn as to where he wants to go between OU, A&M, Texas and Arkansas. What you hear time and time again is OU is the safe option. OK, that’s not exactly a cool way to describe the Sooners, but it could be what wins the battle in the long run. With questions across the board at each school, maybe you just roll with the one you know what you’re getting?

Missed the cut: OT Erik Swenson; LB P.J. Blue; DE/OLB Maxs Tupai; Juco DL Jonathan Kongbo; Juco S/OLB Kyzir White.

Dropped out: Juco LB Kapri Doucet (OU); WR Quartney Davis; WR Velus Jones (USC); DE Amani Bledsoe (OU); OT Jauan Williams

 


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