OU's 'wish list' - Defensive end

Examining OU's top targets at defensive end in the beginning of the defensive 'wish list' series.

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 here in mid-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.


Defensive end (2-3)


Committed: None.

Favorite: Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial’s Isaiah Thomas. The debate is going to be whether or not he’s a defensive end or linebacker, but that’s for another day. What’s not up for debate is the clear, mutual interest when it comes to Thomas and the Sooners. Offered by OU in person back in February, this one feels like we’ll know where he’s at by next month. OU has done everything right, but he does have a lot of options and has made a lot of visits in the last month.

Riviera Beach (Fla.) Suncoast’s K’Jakyre Daley. This one sort of came out of nowhere to develop in a hurry in the last six weeks. Daley still hasn’t seen the campus, but he has become a priority for the Sooners. The best instance has come from subtweets by the OU coaches regarding a “defensive monster” in Florida, which seems to be alluding to Daley.

Hutto (Texas) High’s Ondario Robinson. One of OU’s recent offers, but it might be one of its biggest going forward. As you start to see Calvin Thibodeaux get more and more comfortable in his role as defensive line coach, the offers will make more sense. If you’re offered now, no doubt Thibodeaux believes Robinson can be a difference maker. OU’s next task will be to get him to Norman for at least an unofficial visit.

Next in line: Perkinston (Miss.) Gulf Coast CC’s Isaiah Buggs. Although OU still seems to be in a good spot, multiple sources saying Ole Miss is making up that ground and surging in a major way for the talented juco prospect. Playing juco in the state combined with the Rebels making the charge might just be too much for the Sooners to overcome in this one.

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