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.
Lancaster (Texas) High WR Omar Manning (6-3, 203, No. 10 WR, No. 82 Scout 300)
Scout says: Manning is a big outside receiver prospect already north of 200 pounds with the space on his 6-foot-2+ frame to get even larger. Impressive downfield threat with good long speed. Dangerous red-zone weapon thanks to size and leaping ability. Consistently high-points the ball. Proven ball-winner. Good at adjusting mid-air to make plays on the ball. Go-get-it type of receiver. Can improve get-off at the snap. Not a dart-and-dodge, make-you-miss receiver. Plays for a talent-laden high school program and sees good competition in practice as well as games. Overall, a great, high-major talent with a high ceiling. – Gabe Brooks
The breakdown: Where to start with this one? Seems like his favorite keeps changing and now there is no clear-cut one. It looked like OU. Then it looked like Texas A&M. Then people were claiming TCU. Now? Things have been awfully quiet on the Manning front so either he’s ready to make his move or has totally thrown everything else out the window and starting again.
Why OU: Now this is a good question, especially when you look at OU’s current crop of BallOutBoyz at receiver in this class. Three in the Scout 300 with another one on the cusp of four-star status. Does OU really want to take five receivers for this class? It’s an interesting question. The Sooners have known about Manning for nearly two years and have been in touch with Manning throughout that time period. Will OU make room? And would Manning accept being a part of a crazy-good squad instead of being the top dog?
Sooners chances: Medium. Could be way off, but it feels like OU simply doesn’t need a fifth receiver for this class. CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Reagor, Charleston Rambo, Grant Calcaterra (tight end), this group is loaded. But if one of them were to venture elsewhere, OU snatches up Manning in a heartbeat. Will it happen? No idea. It’s clear SoonerSquad17 is all about Omar as well.