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.
Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial DE Isaiah Thomas (6-5, 230, No. 37 DE)
Sooners Illustrated says: Thomas hasn’t been given a full evaluation by Scout just yet, but it’s clear to see why Thomas is flirting with four-star status. The big question going forward is going to be his position. Does he put on the pounds and become a full-fledged defensive end? Or does he trim up and become an explosive pass rusher coming off the edge? That is for the future. For the present, Thomas has been a major riser within the state, earning offers from one top school after another. His versatility gives him a lot of options.
The breakdown: Thomas burst onto the scene less than three months ago, picking up numerous offers from Power 5 conference schools. Thomas seems like a strong OU lean, but he’s enjoying the process right now and visiting his top schools. Expect that to continue to happen for a bit before Thomas is ready to go ahead and make the call. And with Alabama in the mix, it’s all sorts of interesting.
Why OU: Because the Sooners have put in the work. First-year defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux has done an incredible job in recruiting Thomas and getting to know his family. Thomas can fit in with Sooners at either defensive end or outside linebacker so that truly means the Sooners could figure it out when he gets to Norman.
Sooners chances: High. Thomas sure feels like he’s the one to be on the watch with the most here in the upcoming weeks. Once he’s seen everything he needs to see, do not be surprised for Thomas to go ahead and make the call. Alabama is the one to watch, obviously, especially after signing Tulsa product Joshua Jacobs for the 2016 class. But OU has definitely handled this correctly.