OU's 'wish list' - Running back

A look at OU's top targets continues with the wish list at running back for the 2017 class.

Things are starting to work themselves out on the recruiting trail. It’s time to start looking more intently on Oklahoma’s “wish list” for the Class of 2017.

Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into May. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2017. The names do not necessarily reflect OU’s official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.



Running back (3)

Committed (2): Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Marcelias Sutton. A bit of a cheat here because it seems pretty clear Sutton is actually going to end up as a jack-of-all-trades type of recruit with running, receiving and returning. Sutton has that game-changing speed OU has been looking for, and it didn’t take long for the Sooners to go after Sutton once they realized things were not as solid with North Carolina State as it once seemed. Sutton has yet to visit campus.

Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry’s Trey Sermon. This was huge, no doubt about that. For the Sooners to go into Georgia and pick up one of the most talented prospects in the state says a lot about what SoonerSquad17 has been able to accomplish. Following a great visit to Norman during the spring, Sermon released a top six and then decided he was ready to make the call two weeks ago. With his size and ability, it’s a major way to begin the running back class.

Favorite: La Grange (Texas) High’s J.K. Dobbins. Yes, an Ohio State commit gets the label as the favorite only because the Sooners have been in this race longer than anybody. It was a blow when Dobbins committed to the Buckeyes two months ago, but instead of throwing in the towel, OU basically recruited Dobbins even harder but a lot smarter. The goal is simply to get him back to campus and his connections to some of the other commits cannot be discounted.

Lakeland (Fla.) Senior’s A.J. Davis. Two months ago it felt like Davis was the easy favorite to be OU’s No. 1 choice until Sermon sort of took that spot over. However, OU is still in the hunt and Davis still openly talks about his interest in the Sooners. Although it looks like Dobbins is the first choice, OU definitely likes Davis a lot and is not about to close the door. Getting Davis to campus might be the last thing needed to make this happen.

Next in line: Mansfield (Texas) High’s Kennedy Brooks. After visiting Norman in March, you thought there would be more action one way or another. Brooks, though, doesn’t give you a lot of insight into the process. He had a good time, but it obviously wasn’t enough to be a game-changing visit. Now OU seems content to explore other possibilities and that goes in line with OU’s aggressive recruiting mindset for this class. It will be up to Brooks to get back in the picture.


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