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 DT Deiontae Watts (6-3, 302, No. 20 DT)
Scout says: Watts is a big interior defensive line prospect who's potentially scheme-versatile at the Power Five conference level. Big frame and good size to match. Powerful at the point of attack. Shows ability to back up traffic and plug gaps. Can take on blockers and still affect opponents' run game. Strong hands aid in consistent disengaging ability and sure tackling. Sometimes can collapse pocket as interior pass-rusher. At times, shows excellent get-off at the snap, but inconsistent in that aspect of his game for now. Can improve body control, especially when taking contact. Possibly scheme-versatile enough to play in an even or odd front. Overall a big, physical interior talent who projects to the P5 level. – Gabe Brooks
The breakdown: Watts is another recruit who has blown up on the recruiting trail in the last three months. A lot of major offers have come his way, but it’s tough to say there is any offer that has meant more to Watts than OU. He has been consistent in saying he wants to explore his options, but Sooner fans have to feel pretty dang good right now.
Why OU: Going to continue to hit you over the head with it, but no defensive tackles means Watts is in a prime spot for himself in viewing the Sooners and for OU looking at Watts. Add in the fact he grew up Chickasha, Okla., and has long considered OU one of his dream schools, well, everything seemingly fits right into place.
Sooners chances: High. Either OU would have to botch this up or another school would have to come from nowhere that hasn’t even offered Watts yet for this to not end up going in the Sooners favor. A great visit in the spring continues to have OU sitting in the driver’s seat with nobody else really standing out as a legit threat.