It was a crazy ride, but Oklahoma’s 2016 class is in the books. The attention turns toward the 2017 crop, and what a start for the Sooners.
OU already has five commitments with four of them ranked in the top 200. But the Sooners won’t stop there.
It’s early, real early, but a look at the most realistic top targets for the Sooners in the Scout 100 as of now. Again, not the top-ranked offers for OU but the most legitimate chances at earning their signature at this time next year.
Plano (Texas) East ILB Anthony Hines (6-2, 218, No. 1 ILB, No. 16 Scout 300)
If Wilson is No. 1 overall, you might put Hines as a 1b. overall for OU’s class. Linebackers coach Tim Kish has been there since the start. OU will be a major factor here, but will it be able to close the show?
South Grand Prairie (Texas) High S Jeffrey Okudah (6-1, 200, No. 1 S, No. 18 Scout 300)
Okudah seems like an Ohio State lean as of now, but he has made visits to OU’s junior day the last two years. OU commit Robert Barnes is doing all he can to make sure Sooners have one-two safety punch for 2017.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson (6-4, 309, No. 1 DT, No. 21 Scout 300)
You could circle Wilson right now as the No. 1 overall target on OU’s board for the 2017 class. He’s the guy the Sooners want. He’s the guy a lot of schools want. His recruitment has just started to get fun.
Kennedale (Texas) High OLB Baron Browning (6-3, 227, No. 1 OLB, No. 41 Scout 300)
Committed to Baylor but also took an unofficial to OU during the season, Browning is No. 1 at outside linebacker for a reason. There is no ceiling for his game, and OU won’t throw in the towel.
La Grange (Texas) High ATH J.K. Dobbins (5-9, 184, No. 11 ATH, No. 111 Scout 300)
If you want OU’s most realistic running back target, look at Dobbins. This could boil down to the ultimate battle vs. Texas. Won’t be easy by any stretch. Running back is crucial for OU to hit with this class. Dobbins would be one heck of a way to start.