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.
Plano (Texas) East ILB Anthony Hines (6-3, 225, No. 1 ILB, No. 15 Scout 300)
Scout says: Hines is a prospect who brings a lot of the qualities to the table that you are looking for in a top-tier linebacker prospect. He can play sideline-to-sideline and he will also deliver booming hits. He is a versatile prospect who could play middle linebacker or outside linebacker once he arrives in college and it is that scheme versatility that has helped him secure one of the nation's most elite offer lists. He is always around the football and collected crazy stats as a junior in 2015. – Greg Powers
The breakdown: Well, if you’ve followed OU recruiting the last couple of years, then you know full well who Anthony Hines is and what he’s all about. One offer away from 90 total, it does seem rather clear which schools are in a better position than others. It’s too simplistic to say this is going to be a good ol’ fashioned Red River recruiting battle, but Hines has been consistent in visiting OU and Texas on multiple occasions. A mid-year enrollee, no more lists, Hines said he’s simply going to announce his commitment.
Why OU: The Sooners have dang near been there from the start. The relationships built with Bob Stoops, Mike Stoops and Tim Kish cannot be topped at this point by any other school. Equaled? Sure, but not topped. SoonerSquad17 has been all-in with recruiting Hines and the bond has stretched to the parents with Levi Draper’s and Hines’ father. OU was sitting pretty after an 8-5 season and now as good as can be following a berth in the four-team playoff.
Sooners chances: High. You know Sooners Illustrated has predicted Hines to OU for the last two years so not about to flip flop on that prediction unless something warrants it. Right now? Absolutely nothing does. Hines continues to visit Norman. He continues to build the bond with the coaches. He continues to build the bond with the commits. Not much more you can ask for at this point.