OU's 'wish list' - Linebacker

The OU defensive 'wish list' rolls on and moves to linebacker.

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.



Linebacker (3-4)

Committed (1): Collinsville (Okla.) High’s Levi Draper. The first in-state commit for the Sooners in the class and a huge one at that. Once pledged to Oklahoma State, the Sooners went all-in with Draper during the summer and fall and flipped him to the crimson and cream in December. No issues since that time and none expected throughout the rest of his recruitment despite the incredible list of offers. One of the driving forces of SoonerSquad17 and No. 1-ranked player in the state.

Favorite: Plano (Texas) East’s Anthony Hines. This is the dream. Draper and Hines playing together as linebackers for the Sooners. We’ll see if it happens. Hines continues to make trip after trip to Norman so there’s really nothing else OU can do at this point except wait and see how things shake out. Expected to be a mid-year enrollee, Hines said he’s just going to announce one day and not do any more top lists. OU and Texas seem to be the two to watch but really it's way too early to pinpoint his top choices when you have, you know, more than 90 (!) of them.

Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Elkins’ Kenneth Murray. When someone tweets “childhood favorite” when describing the offer, that usually means good things. Murray is someone who has benefited greatly from the spring evaluation period, including the OU offer. His size seems to be right in line with what the Sooners are looking for at outside linebacker going forward.

Nashville (Tenn.) East Nashville’s Jacob Phillips. The Sooners made the best possible impression on Phillips when he made his visit in the spring so now it’s a waiting game. Will Phillips use his five official visits? Or will he decide before the summer is over? If it’s the latter, expect OU to get the nod. Everything is trending OU’s direction right now, see how things shake out going forward.

Next in line: Hayward (Calif.) Stellar Prep’s Addison Gumbs. OU made Gumbs a clear priority during the spring evaluation period with multiple visits to one of the top outside linebackers in the country. The difficulty will be, as always, trying to lure Gumbs away from the west coast with USC the most notable school connecting well with Gumbs. Initial plan is a June announcement.

On the radar: Kennedale (Texas) High’s Baron Browning. Feels like a slippage here lately. Although it’s obvious how badly SoonerSquad17 wants Browning in the fold, doesn’t seem to be reciprocated as of now. That could change, of course, but right now, outside looking in.

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Jordan Anthony. He has talked about OU more than it ever looked like he would, but it’s hard to see OU making a real dent heading into June. The Sooners are getting more and more involved at IMG, but not sure Anthony will be the one to get the ball rolling.


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