OU's 'wish list' - Cornerback

The OU defensive 'wish list' heads to the secondary, starting at cornerback/nickelback.

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.



Cornerback/Nickelback (2-3)

Committed (3): Miami Columbus’ Trajan Bandy. You could credit Bandy with getting the second wave of SoonerSquad17 commits rolling. Once he was on board in late February, a slew of recruits followed his lead, especially in the secondary. A great visit to OU for the spring game seemed to erase any doubts as to his feelings on OU. Most of the secondary is confusing in terms of CB/NB/S, and Bandy falls right in line with that. No matter what spot, he’s a nice addition to the Killer B’s.

OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles. At this time six months ago, it sure looked like Oklahoma State was going to be the winner. But ever since pledging to OU in early March, he has been as all-in with OU as any recruit in recent memory. His versatility should help him get on the field and his swagger/confidence off the field is absolutely rubbing off all the SoonerSquad17 commits and a number of the top targets as Broiles is separating himself as the best recruiter of the bunch.

Tulsa (Okla.) Union’s Tre Brown. Even before Broiles’ commitment, most pegged Brown as a Sooner. The fact OU has both of them is just an added bonus. Brown has speed for days but has added a lot of physicality to his game as well. Offered by OU in person back in February, it felt like a countdown as to when he would make the call. Brown is a lot more reserved than some of the other commits, but he has been solid to the Sooners thus far.

Favorite: None.

Next in line: Fresno (Calif.) Central East’s Jaylon Johnson. We’re rolling with no favorites, but it’s really tough to determine how the OU coaches are viewing the rest of the secondary class. Johnson was offered in February but that was before the commitments of Brown and Broiles. OU has been a constant in his top five, for what it’s worth.

On the radar: Lake Dallas (Texas) High’s Kobe Boyce. OU waited a while to make this offer so not sure it’s going to mean much going forward. Committed to Texas, Boyce has been somebody Kerry Cooks has been monitoring for a long while. Boyce has said he intends to visit OU this summer so it will simply be a waiting game.


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