It’s hard to say Oklahoma high school recruits are under the radar. The Class of 2017 has exploded onto the national recruiting scene in camps, in rankings, in offers.
So it’s not fair to say these guys are sleepers, but it sort of is. What this list is searching for are those recruits you might know now but will certainly know by the time the spring evaluation period has come to a close.
We’re talking a look at two prospects for the 2017 class and a quintet from 2018, which might be even more talented than the 2017 class if you can believe that.
Midwest City (Okla.) High S Evan Fields
Fields is the definition of what we’re saying. He has offer numbers in the double digits, but it still doesn’t feel like he is starting to get the recognition that will eventually land his way. He’s on the cusp of multiple offers from Power 5 conference schools and this should be the time where it starts to pick up for Fields. As for OU, think the Sooners will keep tabs on Fields throughout this process, but an OU offer won’t come his way unless he smokes the rest of the field his senior season. Has improved so much, though, since end of his junior season.
Norman (Okla.) North LB Cade Mashburn
In most years, it feels like OU would have jumped at an in-town prospect like Mashburn. But linebacker recruiting for the Sooners is in a lot different spot right now compared to the last time OU looked at Norman North for linebacker (Jordan Evans, 2013 class). As is, he’s another one who has been improving his stock slowly but surely in the last few months, including multiple trips to OU for junior day and the spring game. Again, OU will continue to monitor but don’t be surprised when some notable Power 5 schools start knocking down Mashburn’s door this spring.
2018 OKC McGuinness OT Owen Condon
You can’t teach his size. And now that the skill is starting to come along with it, watch out. Condon already has three offers under his belt but that number is likely to double or even triple by the time this six-week period is in the books. Condon performed well at the Opening regional in Dallas last month, which was sort of his way of introducing himself on the national stage. The in-state powers should be coming along and others will be there, too. The only question is will it happen after camp outings or just from watching him in spring?
2018 Tulsa (Okla.) Union WR C.J. Moore
Moore woke up recruiting analysts who hadn’t quite heard of him when TCU offered last month. OU has shown strong early interest, but most thought the Sooners would have offered by now to make sure they’re in the hunt nice and early. Moore has great size at 6-foot-4, and schools are going to be flocking to Union all spring and will help him get even more attention. It’s always hard to be a young kid on Union or Jenks because it takes a while to make an impression, but Moore is going to do just that in the spring.
2018 Owasso (Okla.) High DB Josh Proctor
The only one in this list to already have an OU offer. This isn’t about the Sooners waking up with Proctor as much as it’s a don’t be surprised to see other Power 5 schools enter this picture. Right now OU and Oklahoma State are his lone offers, but it won’t be that way for long and shouldn’t be that way for long. Proctor was a frequent visitor to Norman during spring practice, and OU is doing everything right in trying to land another four-star prospect from within the state.
2018 Jones (Okla.) High WR Sean Shaw
Shaw has been an interesting one only because he tore up OU’s summer camp last year, but then things didn’t really pick up as much as you would have thought. That’s OK, though, as the Sooners still have plenty of time to evaluate Shaw and develop that oh so necessary bond. Shaw still feels a bit under the radar, but the potential and ability is 100 percent there. Once a big dog school gets in the mix, just watch how all the others fall into place as well.
2018 Moore (Okla.) Southmoore QB Casey Thompson
OK, Thompson doesn’t really fit the criteria here. He’s not under the radar. He’s not unknown by Power 5 schools. He has offers from quality programs. His inclusion here is basically saying it’s time for OU to either make the move or watch as Thompson leaves the state. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has developed a great rapport with Thompson and the family, but it can be unnerving a bit to see other Power 5 schools make the offer when the hometown school a mere 15 minutes away is still debating as to whether or whether not make the call.