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.
Los Angeles Cathedral DE Hunter Echols (6-4, 220, No. 12 DE, No. 147 Scout 300, committed to UCLA)
Scout says: Echols is an elite pass rusher and projects as a defensive end in college although he plays some outside 'backer now. He has a long, athletic frame and just needs to add some size and bulk before he's an impact player at the next level. Of course he has two years to worry about that, for now, his ability to get off the ball and chase down players from behind is exceptional. He's an aggressive kid as well, plays physical and has a great motor to him. He has long arms and does a nice job keeping opposing offensive linemen off of him. He doesn't stay blocked, uses his hands well and can get up the field. – Greg Biggins
The breakdown: Echols has been committed to the Bruins for a while, but he recently released a top 10 list that gives OU fans some reason to hope going forward. The Sooners were positioned at No. 4, but they were the No. 1 among non-regional schools. The task will be getting him away from UCLA, USC and Arizona so the doors to OU are opened even more.
Why OU: Defensive line is a huge position to circle going forward as Calvin Thibodeaux figures out exactly what he has on campus and what he needs going forward. The Sooners need help at defensive end, and they need natural defensive ends. Echols is one of those guys, especially after he puts on some more weight. OU has been able to stay in the conversation without a visit. Things could change in a hurry with a visit.
Sooners chances: Medium. It’s great OU seems to be the favorite among non-regional schools, but it’s still an uphill task right now for the Sooners with Echols. Living in Los Angeles with USC and UCLA in his backyard, OU is going to be out of sight out of mind a lot during this process. Not time to quit, but a strong evaluation will be necessary after this spring period.