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.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson (6-4, 329, No. 1 DT, No. 9 Scout 300)
Scout says: Wilson is a massive defensive line prospect who dominates at the point of attack. Possesses the strength and power to overwhelm most opponents at the high school level. Tall, long-armed, thick-trunked. Consistently gets off blocks to make plays vs. run and as a pass-rusher. Powerful bull-rusher, sometimes even when doubled. Explosion off the ball looked noticeably better on junior tape compared to sophomore film. Pursues well for such a large interior defender. Potentially scheme-versatile as even-front 3-technique DT and multi-position prospect in odd front. Can play a bit too high at times because of his height. While pursuit ability is impressive, can sometimes (understandably) get off-balance laterally. Must be ready to acclimate to a significant jump in competition going from private school football in Texas (a state ruled by public schools) to Power Five college level. Overall, one of the top prospects in Texas - and the nation - in the 2017 cycle. – Gabe Brooks
The breakdown: Well, what’s there really to say at this point? Every school in the nation wants Wilson, basically. The Sooners are in the hunt and working hard to make sure they continue to make more strides in his recruitment. The resignation of Bo Davis from Alabama opens up the door but others still feel like LSU is clear school to beat. Uphill battle for OU.
Why OU: No legit reason right now. OU clearly needs a defensive tackle for this class, and nobody would make a bigger impact than Wilson. And you know SoonerSquad17 has absolutely zeroed in on Wilson with Wilson saying what a great job those guys are doing. It’s not about what has happened before but about what will happen after in terms of determining OU’s fate.
Sooners chances: Low. This is trending up, especially with that Houston connection with first-year defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux. But trending up means low and means OU is finally in the hunt, no longer sitting on the sidelines.