Maybe not elite, but certainly with depth the state can be proud of displaying. When it comes to 2017, however, it looks to be a perfect storm.
It sure feels like, even though it’s early, this will be the perfect mix of elite prospects combined with depth as well as 20 recruits already have legitimate Division I offers.
So the task gets tougher as SoonersIllustrated.com unveils its OKPreps top 25 for 2017 all this week. Five profiles per day until we reach the top five on Friday.'
No. 5 OKC Putnam City West TE Nick Robinson (6-4, 210)
He will be one of those guys where coaching staffs are going to fight among themselves because they’re going to want him at so many different positions. He entered last week with zero offers and is now inching closer and closer toward 20. He could be the answer at inside receiver/tight end or might find a home on the defensive side of the ball.
OU interest? Absolutely. The Sooners had Robinson on campus two weeks ago. The offer wasn’t extended there, but all these other top-notch schools coming into picture might make OU have to reconsider that much sooner than later.
No. 4 Meeker High OG Adrian Wolford (6-4, 295)
In Sooners Illustrated’s opinion? The best offensive lineman in a year that is pretty strong in that department. Wolford passed the eyeball test last spring and then followed that with a quality junior season. The offers are starting to trickle in and working with J.D. Runnels is certainly helping his overall approach to the game culminating with a commitment to Oklahoma State earlier this week.
OU interest? Yes, but how much? The Sooners have had Wolford on campus a number of times in the last year. But now that he’s committed to the Cowboys, will OU back off? The Sooners haven’t been known to walk away just because a kid is committed so we’ll see where OU goes from here.
No. 3 OKC John Marshall CB Justin Broiles (6-0, 175, No. 290 Scout 300)
The No. 1 overall riser of anybody within the state and a lot of that has to do with how well Broiles has done academically. The offer list is creeping toward the 30s at this point for somebody who only had two as of two weeks ago. Broiles has the prototypical size for a corner and incredible ball skills. Camp outings should only see him stand out more.
OU interest? Indeed, but the question goes the other way on this one in terms of wondering where is Broiles’ head at with OU? He is going to have a lot of options, and OU offered because it felt like it had to or else it would get left out. Broiles hasn’t even come close to reaching his offer ceiling.
No. 2 Tulsa Union CB Tre Brown (5-10, 165, No. 246 Scout 300)
An example of the recruiting process playing out like it used to. Before the days of blowing up in a week, there were prospects like Brown. Noticed early, evaluated often and then one school after another making the call and the offer. Brown’s size will be debated often, but his incredible speed continues to be a game-changer and something you cannot teach.
OU interest? Absolutely and the one to watch going forward. The Sooners played the recruiting game right with Brown the whole time. Showing good interest and offering at the right moment. Brown is expected to announce in March and OU is sitting pretty.
No. 1 Collinsville High OLB Levi Draper (6-2, 210, No. 75 Scout 300)
The No. 1 prospect in the state and perhaps the state’s best national prospect in quite some time. Draper was once committed to Oklahoma State before flipping to the Sooners in December. Since then, he has been all-in with OU and become a vital cog to the recruiting machine. A great junior year only solidified his No. 1 ranking.
OU interest? Well, duh. Draper has been pledged for two months now and said OU fans will have nothing to worry about the rest of the time. His actions have shown that to be true with his willingness to keep coming to Norman time and time again.