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.
Mississippi Gulf Coast CC DE Isaiah Buggs (6-4, 260, 4-star juco DE)
Scout says: A full evaluation is not completed at this time, but it’s pretty obvious to point out how highly regarded Buggs is when it comes to Scout rankings. It’s tough to earn four-star ranking status as a junior college recruit, and it’s almost unfathomable to do it before the season has started. Buggs has done just that so you know he is viewed as one of the best.
The breakdown: Buggs recently released a top 10 that he said wasn’t in order, but it also wasn’t in alphabetical order and had OU listed at No. 1. That’s about as good a spot as you can be in at this stage of the process. Buggs hasn’t made it to Norman yet but most don’t see that as a huge issue right now, thinking it’s more of when he visits compared to if he visits.
Why OU: The Sooners are going to be losing some beef on the defensive line, and Buggs seems like he would be a natural fit to come in and be exactly what defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux is looking for at defensive end. Instead of trying to take someone who’s a little undersized, Buggs is already at the height and weight OU will need its defensive ends to be in the future.
Sooners chances: High. A lot can change regarding Buggs, but right now, you look at what Buggs brings to the table combined with what OU needs going forward, and it’s hard to picture a more perfect match than Buggs in Norman.