Sooners Illustrated breaks down 2016 recruiting class

Chanse Sylvie emerges as a potential team leader at safety for Oklahoma

Signing day is almost here. New to the recruiting game or just want a refresher of what has already happened? Here is a look at Oklahoma’s class heading into Wednesday:




Calvary Baptist Academy (LA) safety Chanse Sylvie (6-0, 175, No. 32 S)

The Intel: The mid-year enrollee has future captain written all over him. Sylvie was the most active commit in recruiting other players, promoting Oklahoma and taking a clear leadership role since he picked the Sooners in July. The U.S. Army All-American has shown the ability to cover sideline to sideline as well as tackle – three straight 100-tackle seasons. Sylvie has long been dedicated to Oklahoma, attending both junior days last year after receiving an offer a year ago.



Edmond Memorial kicker Braxton Pickard (5-11, 185, No. 16 K)

The Intel: After going on his official visit over the weekend and leaving Norman without a scholarship offer, Pickard jumped on the preferred walk-on status that the Sooners offered him. Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware spent two years developing a relationship with Pickard, and it paid of as Oklahoma now has kicker depth to replace Nick Hodgson, who graduated after last season. Pickard avearged nearly 40 yards per punt as a senior with the Bulldogs and went 10-for-14 on field goals.

Signing day surprise? With Pickard set on a preferred walk-on spot, there shouldn't be any surprises come Wednesday.

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