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.
Committed (1): Southlake (Texas) Carroll’s Robert Barnes. The first defensive commitment of the class and an OU legacy as well. Barnes seems to be absolutely locked in with the Sooners and now his goal is simply to recruit the best of the best on defense in the Dallas area to come join him in Norman. Barnes has filled out into a great frame for a safety and has performed well in camps this spring to go with making constant trips to Norman.
Next in line: South Grand Prairie (Texas) High’s Jeffrey Okudah. Again, there’s just no favorite right now at safety although some names are worth monitoring. Okudah is definitely one of them with the caveat being Ohio State seems to be the clear-cut leader for the No. 1-ranked safety in the country. OU has been able to get Okudah to Norman multiple times, but it’s still seems like it’s quite an uphill trek right now to land Okudah.
On the radar: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Isaiah Pryor. Committed to Ohio State for a while, we’ll see if OU is somehow able to get him back to Norman for its summer camp the third year in a row. OU seems like a clear No. 2 for Pryor, but can the Sooners do enough to switch it to No. 1? Stanford Samuels is sort of in same spot. Major prospect, not leaning toward OU, but we'll see what happens.
Midwest City (Okla.) High’s Evan Fields. Nobody likes to be called a backup plan, but you could do a lot worse than Fields if things start to fall apart. The next in line for the Bombers at safety, Fields has seen his stock grow considerably during the spring evaluation period.