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.
Austin (Texas) Westlake OT Stephan Zabie (6-5, 290, No. 38 OT)
Scout says: Zabié has an extremely high ceiling as 2015 was his first year playing football and he emerged as one of the top offensive line prospects in the state despite his limited experience. He is long and agile and carries his weight extremely well. He could add 30 pounds and you would not notice it much at all. He is an edge-setter in the run game and is solid in his pass protection. He is poised for a huge senior season with the confidence of experience and having major scholarship offers backing up his development as a player. – Greg Powers
The breakdown: This one seems pretty clear as to how it’s going to all shake out. Either it’s going to be OU or Texas A&M. But nobody knows exactly if he’ll be a Sooner or Aggie. His stock has risen considerably in the last few months so it will be worth keeping tabs on his offer sheet during the spring evaluation period.
Why OU: Because offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has been there since the start and has developed a tremendous relationship with him so far. Zabie said he loved his trip to Norman and is hopeful to get back as soon as he can. OU doesn’t have a home run so far at offensive tackle so Zabie would be a great way to get the class going there.
Sooners chances: Medium. One of those where it’s great to know it’s an either/or choice, but the gut feeling is he’ll be an Aggie before a Sooner. OU will simply have to continue to put in the work in hopes of landing Zabie.