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.
Wide receiver (3)
Committed (2): Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor. A one-time Texas Tech commit, Reagor spoke incredibly high about the Sooners even when pledged to the Red Raiders. A trip to Norman in March got the ball rolling for something that escalated quickly. Around 24 hours after his visit and on Easter Sunday, Reagor made the call to join SoonerSquad17. He is the quintessential slot receiver, perhaps most natural in that spot for OU in years.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo. Just minutes after Reagor’s commitment, Rambo joined the party and said the two of them had been discussing committing to the same school for a while. OU has targeted Rambo in a major way ever since a satellite camp last summer. Multiple trips to Norman in a short timeframe led everyone to believe OU was sitting in the driver’s seat. Turns out everything was exactly as it appeared and Rambo gives a nice blend of size and speed.
Favorite: Lancaster (Texas) High’s Omar Manning. OU has been recruiting for a long time, even having him at junior day when he was a sophomore. So although the Sooners weren’t among the first to offer, they’ve been in the picture the whole time. At one point Texas A&M looked like the favorite. Now it appears TCU is the biggest threat, but OU is exactly where you want to be at this stage of the game. Manning is considered by some to be the best receiver in Texas.
Next in line: Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb. Seriously? Yes, even though he recently decommitted from OU, it wasn’t like there was a bad falling out or anything of that nature. With all the offers flooding his way, truly seemed like a kid that had no idea what his value was in the market. Once he did, he wanted to explore it a little more. LSU is clearly the school to watch, but Lamb has said OU is in the picture. There are no severed ties here.
Tight end (1)
Committed (1): Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic’s Grant Calcaterra. From the time OU offered in February, you just had that feeling this was going to be end up being one of the SoonerSquad17 recruits. Following a great visit and some time to clear his head and think it over, he did indeed enter the fold. Calcaterra has great size, great hands and has really strutted his stuff nationally in camps this spring. It was clear he was OU’s No. 1 guy at tight end the whole time.
Favorite: OKC Putnam City West’s Nick Robinson. OK, a little clarification here. Robinson makes this cut because if OU believes Robinson is the best option when you want four total receivers and tight ends, then you roll with these four. If OU lands Manning, the door closes for Robinson. He has made multiple trips to campus but an offer might not come until well after the spring evaluation period and OU works out the numbers. Will he wait that long?