OU's defensive 'wish list' - May

For those that missed it, the complete OU defensive 'wish list' for the month of May.

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.

Defensive tackle (2)


Committed: None.

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.

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.

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.

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 even though there have been some recent questions.

Favorite: None. And honestly, it doesn’t feel like anybody else is in play so it’s more like a thing of OU maintaining relationships compared to going all-in and recruiting a prospect and even thinking about accepting a commitment.

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.

Safety (1-2)


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.

Favorite: None.

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?

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.

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