Breaking down OU's 2016 class: LB

A look at OU's 2016 class continues with a view at linebacker.

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.

Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian’s Jon-Michael Terry (6-2, 225, No. 15 ILB)

The Intel: Another example of that under the radar in-state find by the Sooners. Nobody was really talking about Terry before his junior day visit last February. He was offered and committed right there on the spot.

Since then, all that has happened is seeing his stock soar. A great senior season at inside linebacker answered a lot of questions. Nobody is doubting Terry as he gets set to be with OU and have the distinction as OU’s first pledge of the class.

Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Kapri Doucet (6-1, 230, No. 78 Scout Juco 100)

The Intel: The month of January was an absolute whirlwind when it comes to linebacker recruiting, and Doucet was a part of that circus. The Sooners went all-in with Doucet and Beal and ended up landing both of them.

You look at Doucet’s game, and he has better size than you might think at first glance. It’s possible he could move inside as he seemed to be a reactionary offer after the departure of Dominique Alexander. Either way, his future looks bright in Norman.

Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Emmanuel Beal (6-2, 220, 2-star prospect)

The Intel: You want somebody with the biggest chip of anybody in this class for OU? Then look no further because it’s definitely Beal. Even when he committed, the masses of OU fans didn’t really go bonkers, much more subdued.

His offer list didn’t scream OU, but his film showed you why the Sooners looked his way. He has good explosiveness and finds the ball. Beal and Doucet had a dream of playing together and the “Looney Tunes” are coming to OU.

Signing day surprise? You’re kidding, right? Yes. There are plenty to be on the watch about. OU’s linebacker class has gone through so many changes, it’s tough to put it all into words.

The loss of four-star Bryce Youngquist no doubt was a major blow, but OU is going to try to bounce back with two names to circle.

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West five-star linebacker Caleb Kelly is the name everybody knows. It’s down to OU or Notre Dame. We’ll find out.

The other one is Murray (Utah) High’s Maxs Tupai. A recent recruit, Tupai made his official visit to Norman last weekend. Was it enough? Or will he stay closer to home? Another Scout 300 prospect to monitor.

Mark Jackson might technically be a linebacker for OU but listed at defensive end for now. And despite Bryce Youngquist saying he is committed to OU, since he won’t sign, could not include him.

Signing day result? Kelly to OU.


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