Obviously with Oklahoma’s philosophy change in recruiting things cannot be compared to what has happened in the past.
That is certainly evident at wide receiver. Usually around this point there are around four or five legitimate targets with maybe one commitment.
This year? There are at least 10 legitimate targets and already three commitments. So how will it all break down with OU and the wide receiver/tight end positions?
The first of a two-part series.
Santa Margarita (Calif.) High’s Grant Calcaterra (6-4, 200, No. 60 WR)
Calcaterra seems like one of the contenders to be the next to join #SoonerSquad17. Calcaterra is going to spend the rest of this week visiting a lot of schools, and his spring got off to a bang with a trip to Norman on Thursday. Ever since getting the OU offer last month, it seemed clear it wasn’t just another offer. His willingness to travel to Norman already also speaks a lot about his interest. Calcaterra seems the ideal successor to someone like Mark Andrews in the mold of that tight end who is essentially a big, talented wide receiver.
Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb (6-1, 170, No. 42 WR, No. 293 Scout 300)
Lamb was OU’s first commit at the position nearly four months ago. The worry has always been that if some of the bigger schools kept calling, OU would be in trouble. He developed the bond early with Dennis Simmons, and that’s what made him feel comfortable. The offer from LSU did arrive, but as of now, he remains locked in with OU and has been one of the ringleaders of the SoonerSquad17 movement. It will also be interesting to see how Lamb responds to having at least two other receivers ranked in the Scout 300 with him. Is he happy with that and being a part of something special or does he want to be the No. 1 guy elsewhere?
Lancaster (Texas) High’s Omar Manning (6-3, 203, No. 10 WR, No. 80 Scout 300)
OU didn’t offer Manning as early as some other schools, but there’s no doubt Manning has been on OU’s radar for more than 12 months now. He attended OU’s junior day last year as a sophomore and returned to Norman for junior day this year. OU has been finding a lot of speed at receiver so far, but Manning would give the Sooners some impressive size to go with the speed. He has talked about wanting to come back to Norman, but as time goes on, it seems more and more unlikely he’ll find his home elsewhere.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo (6-1, 166, No. 21 WR, No. 145 Scout 300)
OU’s latest commit, Rambo has felt like a Sooner-in-waiting for a while now. The only issue was how would he respond after all the #WeWantRambo tweets from the commitments. Not every recruit likes that type of spotlight and, to be honest, pressure. Rambo has made multiple trips to Norman in the last 12 months, and it never felt like OU had fallen out of favor. Rambo said he wants to make more visits, which goes in line with what Rambo has said about not trying to rush the process. See how things develop here.