OU's 2017 needs: Defensive tackle

OU must hit a home run at defensive tackle for 2017, and no bigger name than Marvin Wilson

Few schools hit it out of the park at every position for a recruiting class. Oklahoma had its fair share of hits for 2016, but there were some misses.

And when analyzing what the Sooners need for 2017 going forward, a couple of things certainly stand out.

Defensive tackle

What OU did in 2016: Was play bridesmaid way too many times, especially down the stretch. OU was the unquestioned No. 2 for Scout 300 prospect Chris Daniels and four-star prospect Marcel Southall.

Both from the state of Texas, Daniels and Southall each picked Texas in the end. Southall was a bit of an understanding as OU sort of backed off in the last month, but Daniels was a dagger.

After committing to OU on his birthday, it was imperative for the Sooners to be able to keep Daniels. It didn’t happen and OU went without a defensive tackle for the class.

Why OU needs DTs in 2017: You cannot succeed in college football with a goose egg in the defensive tackle department in back-to-back years.

Yes, OU has a lot of young talent. Marquise Overton will be a sophomore. Du’Vonta Lampkin and Neville Gallimore will be redshirt freshmen. Understand the cupboard is not bare, but it’s also not full because you have no idea how things will materialize going forward.

OU is physical, but maybe not physical enough as the last two bowl games against Clemson have shown in the trenches.

Top target

Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson (6-4, 309, No. 1 DT, No. 21 Scout 300)

Let’s get real here. There are not targets right now. There is target. One, the big one. OU was in there nice and early with Wilson way back when, but it might not matter with all the offers and choices Wilson has and will have going forward. OU must hire a defensive line coach pronto and build a major bond with Wilson to land one of those five official visits in the future and then work on developing relationships with other tackle prospects.

OKPreps target?

Bixby High DT Brendon Evers (6-2, 280, NR)

Evers finally nabbed that first offer last week from Colorado State what should be first of many to come. You watch him play, watch the film, see him in person, and you get why he deserves to be in the mix. He won’t be a Scout 300 prospect, but he can be a nice piece to the puzzle for whatever school grabs him. OU showed strong interest last summer, see if that continues going into spring and now this summer coming up.


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