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.
Aledo (Texas) High OT Chuck Filiaga (6-5, 275, No. 20 OT, No. 150 Scout 300)
Scout says: Two-way lineman who could play on either side of the ball in college. We like him as an offensive tackle because of his length, long arms and athleticism. He has an ideal tackle frame, shows the feet to kick out and take on speed rushers but the strength to handle bull rushers as well. He is a talented defensive lineman and can get a push off the edge and moves around the line to take advantage of mismatches. – Greg Biggins
The breakdown: Well, his whole recruitment could have just been turned upside down as he transfers from Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High to Aledo (Texas) High here going forward. What will that mean to Pac-12 schools? Will that mean Big 12 schools are now solidly in the mix? We should get some of those questions answered during this six-week period.
Why OU: One of Filiaga’s first visits this spring was indeed to Norman, and you know offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is looking for another talented tackle. OU’s depth at tackle could be a deterrent, but Bedenbuagh is someone you simply never question. He’ll always find the answer somehow when the class is all said and done. Texas schools will come after Filiaga hard here in the upcoming months, but OU should be in the picture.
Sooners chances: Low. Going low for now because it just doesn’t feel like it’s a slam dunk for the Sooners. Pac-12 schools have known about him for years, while no idea if any regional Big 12 schools not named OU will appeal to Filiaga. This isn’t a low status because he doesn’t care about OU but more because too much unknown after such a major move heading into his senior season.null