The ink is barely dry. The faxes have been sent. The Class of 2016 for Oklahoma is in the books, at least for now as you never know about any late additions.
However, time to turn the page to 2017. And OU fans should want to do this. This is a historic start for the Sooners so far. No hyperbole here.
OU had one commitment at this point last year (Jean Delance), who didn’t even end up with the Sooners when it was all said and done.
This year? OU already with five commitments. And of those five, four of them are ranked in the top 200 by Scout.
You’ve spent the last month getting to know the 2016 group. Get to know the 2017 one starting now.
Collinsville (Okla.) High LB Levi Draper (6-2, 210, No. 3 OLB, No. 75 Scout 300)
Get to know the state’s No. 1-ranked prospect. Draper actually committed to Oklahoma State back in July before flipping to the Sooners in December. Now locked in with OU, most don’t expect any recruiting news at all about Draper going forward.
The state produces a lot of top talent, but it has been a while since it has had such an elite linebacker prospect like Draper. His junior season only confirmed what people have believed about Draper the whole time. He’s dang good.
Mesquite (Texas) Horn QB Chris Robison (6-2, 183, No. 12 QB, No. 127 Scout 300)
Robison was OU’s first pledge for the 2017 class and what a pledge it was. Another example of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley zeroing in on his guy and getting him nice and early. Robison had a terrific junior season and was at every single OU home game this season.
When Kyler Murray transferred from Texas A&M to OU, there was some concern about whether or not Robison would look around. So far he hasn’t. And after a great junior day visit over the weekend, it doesn’t look like that will change.
McKinney (Texas) Boyd OG Tyrese Robinson (6-3, 275, No. 8 OG, No. 189 Scout 300)
The latest pledge for OU’s 2017 class as Robinson committed at junior day last weekend. A lot of people didn’t see it coming, but Robinson seemed pretty set that was the perfect time to pull the trigger and add to OU’s class.
Getting Robinson is huge for OU because it sets the foundation at offensive line, which you could argue outside of quarterback is the most important part in recruiting. Robinson has offers from a who’s who in college football so quality pickup here for OU.
Southlake (Texas) Carroll S Robert Barnes (6-2, 190, No. 15 S, No. 206 Scout 300)
Another legacy coming to Norman. Barnes’ father, Reggie Barnes, was a linebacker and captain for the Sooners way back when. Robert, as of now, should stick with safety and has an outstanding relationship with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.
Barnes might be a tad underrated when all said and done. All the big boys are starting to recognize him now, but it doesn’t look like it will matter. The family makes routine trips to Norman and was back again for junior day.
Richmond (Texas) Foster WR CeeDee Lamb (6-1, 170, No. 33 WR, No. 226 Scout 300)
Lamb is the one to wonder about just because he has no ties to OU and will no doubt see his recruiting take off during the winter and spring. All that being said, he finally got a chance to see the campus for the first time last week.
Lamb has been recruited by Dennis Simmons and said it’s not even close in terms of who he has a good connection with – all Simmons. Getting him to see Norman was crucial in this process but more schools are certainly going to be calling.