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 tackle (2)
Favorite: Plano (Texas) East’s Deiontae Watts. OU is going after the top three defensive tackles in the country, according to Scout. But the one the Sooners are definitely in the best position with is Watts, no slouch himself as a four-star prospect. He visited during the spring and was born in Chickasha, Okla., not being bashful one bit to mention how big the Sooners offer was from a couple of months ago.
Next in line: Las Vegas Arbor View’s Greg Rogers. Las Vegas has two of the top three tackles in the entire country, and OU is hot in pursuit of Rogers. There’s no way OU will end up with Rogers, Marvin Wilson and Haskell Garrett, but as of mid-May, it does feel like OU is in the best position it can be with Rogers as spring evaluation period comes to a close.
On the radar: Houston Episcopal’s Marvin Wilson. OU keeps trying to make up ground, and that’s really all it can do at this point. Continue to be there and try to make sure it leaves a lasting impression on the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country. Wilson’s connection with Calvin Thibodeaux is getting better and better and his connection with SoonerSquad17 has the Sooners rising in this race. Just how much? Not sure, but Wilson is expected to be in Norman on June 4.
Las Vegas Bishop Gorman’s Haskell Garrett. Committed to Ohio State, but at the time, it felt like the Sooners were the No. 2 option. Since his pledge to the Buckeyes, will be interesting to see if things have changed. OU has certainly not backed off in recruiting Garrett, but there’s nothing to suggest, at least as of right now, that Garrett is looking at any other schools outside of Ohio State.