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 second of a two-part series.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Jhamon Ausbon (6-2, 198, No. 7 WR, No. 49 Scout 300)
A recent add here, but something to certainly watch going forward. Ausbon was among OU’s first offers at receiver way back when, like a long time ago. Committed to Baylor since July, Ausbon announced Tuesday evening he was backing off that pledge. A lot of people assumed him going to Florida would eventually lead to this, but the interesting little nugget here is Ausbon is expected to be in Norman this week. With so many targets, where does he fit in the grand scheme of things?
Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor (6-0, 182, No. 27 WR, No. 193 Scout 300)
You could argue Reagor is the biggest recruiting win to this point for the 2017 class. There is no obvious OU connection. In fact, it goes the other way in terms of being a Texas Tech legacy, and he was once committed to the Red Raiders. OU was always on the peripheral and things started to come more into focus in the last month. Following an outstanding visit to Norman this weekend, OU was clearly out in front. Deciding he knew what he needed to know, Reagor ended the process a lot earlier than anybody would have expected.
Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline’s Hunter Rison (5-11, 191, No. 37 WR, No. 254 Scout 300)
If Grant Calcaterra is your tight end for the 2017 class, then Rison might end up being the final receiver to join the group. Rison, a former Michigan State commit and son of former MSU and NFL star Andre Rison, is expected to visit Norman next week. Not only that, but Rison has already announced his intention to commit April 10, just days after his OU visit. As of now, there are no other visits planned for Rison so it seems like the Sooners are exactly where they want to be once again with another legacy from a different school.
OKC Putnam City West’s Nick Robinson (6-4, 210, No. 33 ATH)
Robinson seems like a viable option if Calcaterra decides to go elsewhere. Robinson is the lone person on either of these two lists who actually doesn’t have an offer yet. That could change as OU gets around to evaluating him more, but will it matter at that point? Robinson’s offer sheet has taken off in the last six weeks, and he did visit OU on Valentine’s Day weekend. Getting him back for a spring practice would go a long way toward showing the mutual interest continues to be there.
Mt. Pleasant (S.C.) Wando’s OrTre Smith (6-4, 210, No. 28 WR, No. 204 Scout 300)
The newest name in the list to be on the watch for as OU continues to become more of a factor in the Carolinas because of Lincoln Riley. And now because of Steve Spurrier Jr. With the younger Spurrier now a part of OU’s staff, it opens the door even more for OU in the area based off all his years at South Carolina. Smith is a tall target that is something OU hasn’t pursued too much for this class. But if he doesn’t get to campus soon, the mutual interest might die off with the Sooners working hard to lock down this class in a hurry.