With spring evaluation coming around, you start to get a better feel of who are some of the most legitimate targets out there.
For Oklahoma, the process is a little bit different with the Sooners and SoonerSquad17 having 12 commitments, but still, there are names to watch.
The next three weeks Sooners Illustrated is going to look at one major target a day and where OU seems to stand at this point in time.
This is not based on who is the most realistic target but in alphabetical order.
Kennedale (Texas) High OLB Baron Browning (6-4, 230, No. 1 OLB, No. 19 Scout 300)
Scout says: Browning is a big and physical presence on the field, especially intimidating at the linebacker position where you just do not see many guys with his size playing standing up. He missed much of his sophomore season, but bounced back with a strong junior year that saw him pile up a ton of honors and accolades. He moves all around the Kennedale defense. He will play up on the line of scrimmage as an edge rusher and he will move to the middle to stop the run. He shows a high acumen for playing against the pass, which is rare for a linebacker with his size. Could play a range of positions: outside linebacker, middle backer or defensive end. – Greg Powers
The breakdown: Once committed to Baylor, Browning is sought after by a who’s who in college football and recently put out his top 10. The Sooners made the cut, which wasn’t a huge surprise. The thing with Browning, though, is that distance/proximity to home doesn’t seem to be a real factor in his recruitment. He’s going to go wherever he feels like so being a school that’s like three hours away isn’t a huge benefit for the Sooners.
Why OU: Browning saw OU in back-to-back weeks last season, watching the Sooners win at Baylor one week and beat TCU the next one. But the Sooners have to find a way to get him back on campus. The biggest thing OU has going for it right now is SoonerSquad17 has made Browning a top priority and that has usually meant pretty good things. OU is hoping to pull off an incredible Scout 100 linebacker trio of Browning, OU commit Levi Draper and Plano (Texas) East’s Anthony Hines. They’ve forged a nice bond so far, and OU is hoping that will continue into the summer.
Sooners chances: Low/medium. It’s either medium trending low or low trending average. Either way, you know OU is involved but not exactly the top choice or maybe not even among the top three choices. OU is playing catch up, but luckily there’s still time to do exactly just that.