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.
Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep OLB Addison Gumbs (6-4, 215, No. 6 OLB, No. 107 Scout 300)
Scout says: Gumbs had 23 sacks last season so it's pretty obvious what he does best. He's one of the elite pass rushers out West and can really fly off the edge. He's very athletic, can change direction and explodes up the field. He plays as a standup outside linebacker but we think he has the frame to grow in to a defensive end in college. He uses his hands well to get off blocks, is relentless in pursuit and does a nice job pursuing and running down plays from behind. This is a high upside kid with a ton of natural ability and the talent to play for any school in the country. – Greg Biggins
The breakdown: Seems like every year or so there is that elite talent from California that OU strikes the right chord with initially and then stays in the game the rest of the way. This year it sure feels like Gumbs is that guy. It’s going to be a battle for the Sooners, especially with USC showing such strong interest. But OU is in this game and a bigger threat than some are giving it credit for.
Why OU: The Sooners are in with so many top linebackers. OK, they’re not going to get them all, duh. But it’s hard to see them getting shut out from all of them as well. Gumbs is a major priority for the Sooners as it seems like Mike Stoops should have a second home in California for all the recruiting he’s done there the last several years. Gumbs could be the next big Cali addition.
Sooners chances: Medium. OU is sitting pretty right now, but how will things look when we get toward the end of the spring evaluation period? Any new schools jumping in this mix? Right now it feels like a Sooners vs. Trojans battle with nobody really knowing how it will end up. Good to be an either/or choice but would be foolish to say OU is the clear leader at this juncture.