It’s no secret Oklahoma is off to a great start for its 2017 class. But just how good is this group right now? Sooners Illustrated examines the magnificent seven right now and why OU has earned a justified No. 3 ranking for the 2017 class.
Collinsville (Okla.) OLB Levi Draper (No. 75 Scout 300)
Draper is OU’s top-ranked commit and the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state. OU had to overcome an early commitment to Oklahoma State but kept putting in the work to flip Draper to the other side of the Bedlam rivalry. Draper’s commitment is huge not just because he’s the top one in the state, but it continues the Sooners ability to land some major prospects at linebacker. Once thought to be a weakness for OU, the position is quickly growing into a source of strength.
Mesquite (Texas) Horn QB Chris Robison (No. 127 Scout 300)
Always good to have your quarterback early in the process. And don’t get much earlier than Robison, who was OU’s first pledge for the class back in the summer. The arrival of Kyler Murray asked some questions of Robison, who has answered them emphatically time and time again that he isn’t going anywhere. Robison has a great junior season and has developed an incredible bond with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. He’s exactly what Riley wants in his quarterback.
McKinney (Texas) Boyd OG Tyrese Robinson (No. 189 Scout 300)
This is the one to circle. No, it’s not because Robinson is openly looking elsewhere and looking for a way out of Norman. It’s because the big dogs are going to keep coming for Robinson, who might be the best interior offensive lineman in the region for the class. Robinson is a major addition for OU because he’s everything Bill Bedenbaugh looks for with his offensive linemen. He plans to make official visits, which is always dicey, but he’s so good and such a vital piece to the puzzle that you have to trust him.
Southlake (Texas) Carroll S Robert Barnes (No. 206 Scout 300)
A legacy coming home as his father, Reggie Barnes, was a linebacker and captain for OU back in the 1990s. Robert Barnes is somebody who has become one of the ringleaders for the Sooners in terms of recruiting other prospects to join him in Norman. Barnes’ sole focus has been defense where he has a list of who’s who he’s trying to lure to OU with him. Barnes had a great junior season and is another example of Kerry Cooks putting in the work with the secondary.
Richmond (Texas) Foster WR CeeDee Lamb (No. 226 Scout 300)
If you want early commitments and a nice class, then you’re going to have recruits like Lamb. He picked the Sooners back in December, but this one is not over by a long shot. The long awaited LSU offer came less than two weeks ago, and it’s going to be a major battle between the Tigers and Sooners for Lamb. It’s the nature of the beast. Have great recruits, other schools are going to keep knocking on their door. OU has a lot of options at receiver, but the Sooners certainly want to hang onto Lamb.
Miami Columbus CB Trajan Bandy (No. 253 Scout 300)
The latest in the bunch. There’s always going to be skepticism about a recruit from Miami, but Bandy is about as all-in to OU as anyone can be from so far away like Miami. He is expected to visit for the spring game, and he’s also playing a pretty big role in trying to convince other top targets in Florida to join him in Norman. Bandy’s strength is clear with his speed, having speed for days. Other top schools have questions about his size, but Cooks doesn’t mind and that belief means a lot to Bandy.
OKC John Marshall CB Justin Broiles (No. 290 Scout 300)
OU has been talked about in having arrogance with kids in the state before, but that’s certainly not the case with Broiles. The Sooners weren’t the first to offer, but they made a major effort as soon as they knew they wanted the four-star prospect. Broiles has great size and tremendous ball skills and is going to be a perfect fit for the OU defense. His relationship with Kerry Cooks was a major reason why to go along with OU’s success with in-state kids. Thirty-three offers, but OU was the one that mattered most.