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 heading into late June. 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.
Interior Offensive Line (1-2)
Committed (1): McKinney (Texas) Boyd’s Tyrese Robinson. You could make a valid argument that Robinson is the glue of this class. A huge position of need combined with having great relationships with basically every other commit in the group. Robinson surprised a lot of people by committing at junior day, but he has been rock solid ever since. Offensive line is always a need, but it’s a less of one when you start with someone as big as talented as Robinson.
Favorite: Shawnee (Okla.) High’s Creed Humphrey. Robinson is a clear offensive guard, but with Humphrey, you’re looking at center as of now. The Sooners were late getting into this picture, but they’ve done everything right since the offer in April. Multiple visits to Norman in a two-month period has OU in the race, for sure, but Texas A&M is certainly a viable option. Humphrey said he wants to decide in June so either SoonerSquad17 or GigEmGang17 is going to add another vital piece.
Next in line: Sugarcreek (Ohio) Garaway’s Joel Honigford. Not going to lie here. Once you get beyond Humphrey, it’s a shot in the dark as to who the most realistic prospects are. No clear-cut favorite and Honigford might even be an offensive tackle when all said and done. He makes the cut, though, because he did already visit the campus so that says something for a kid from Ohio to come all the way to check out Norman this early in the game. Things have died down as of now.
Maryland Heights (Mo.) Pattonville’s Marquis Hayes. You look at offensive line and you could say the same thing about every single time. Is he a tackle? Or an interior lineman? Hayes fits that mold, too, as depending on who you ask, Hayes is a tackle or a guard. Hayes doesn’t have an OU offer just yet, but he has become a huge player to watch because of what he was able to do on the camp circuit throughout the spring. If OU does get involved, could get interesting in a hurry.