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.
Committed (1): Mesquite (Texas) Horn’s Chris Robison. The very first commit of the incredibly talented SoonerSquad17 class. Robison caught the eye of Lincoln Riley last year at a satellite camp and committed less than two weeks after. Ever since, he has been all-in with the Sooners, including attending every single home game OU had in 2015. He’s also one of the ringleaders for OU in terms of recruiting other top prospects to join him in Norman. Robison is one of eight OU commits competing at The Opening next month.
Running back (3)
Committed (2): Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Marcelias Sutton. A bit of a cheat here because it seems pretty clear Sutton is actually going to end up as a jack-of-all-trades type of recruit with running, receiving and returning. Sutton has that game-changing speed OU has been looking for, and it didn’t take long for the Sooners to go after Sutton once they realized things were not as solid with North Carolina State as it once seemed. Sutton still hasn’t seen the campus.
Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry’s Trey Sermon. This was huge, no doubt about that. For the Sooners to go into Georgia and pick up one of the most talented prospects in the state says a lot about what SoonerSquad17 has been able to accomplish. Following a great visit to Norman during the spring, Sermon released a top six and then decided he was ready to make the call two weeks ago. With his size and ability, it’s a major way to begin the running back class.
Favorite: Lakeland (Fla.) Senior’s A.J. Davis. It’s still all about trying to get Davis to campus. OU has been right there with Davis for several months, and there’s not much more Jay Boulware can do to improve OU’s standing here. Davis has routinely mentioned the Sooners as among his top schools, it’s just a question of making that effort to see Norman and perhaps closing the deal once and for all. Until then, the door is open for other backs.
La Grange (Texas) High’s J.K. Dobbins. This is trending down after the actions of the last month, but the Sooners are still in the hunt for Dobbins, who has been committed to Ohio State since the beginning of March. OU has tried to reconnect with Dobbins during the spring, and Dobbins does have a nice relationship with multiple members of OU’s 2017 class. Lately, it has looked like he will stick with the Buckeyes but don’t expect OU to throw in the towel just yet.
Next in line: Mansfield (Texas) High’s Kennedy Brooks. Same story as last month as it pertains to Brooks, who doesn’t offer a lot of insight about anything. He did visit the Sooners in the spring, but there has been next to nothing ever since to really let anybody know where things stands. It does seem as the more offers come in, and with any little information that comes along, it hasn’t had anything to do with OU.
Committed (1): Charlotte (N.C.) Vance’s Jeremiah Hall. After sitting out the H-Back scene the last two recruiting cycles, it was clear the Sooners wanted one this time around. They wanted their next Dimitri Flowers and have found him with Hall, who is already bigger than Flowers was in high school. Hall hasn’t seen the campus yet but that didn’t stop him from deciding he was ready to be a Sooner. He’s accepted the H-Back role, and he says he’s ready to make a difference.
Wide receiver (3-4)
Committed (2): Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor. A one-time Texas Tech commit, Reagor spoke incredibly high about the Sooners even when pledged to the Red Raiders. A trip to Norman in March got the ball rolling for something that escalated quickly. Around 24 hours after his visit and on Easter Sunday, Reagor made the call to join SoonerSquad17. He is the quintessential slot receiver, perhaps most natural in that spot for OU in years. He is headed to The Opening next month.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo. Just minutes after Reagor’s commitment, Rambo joined the party and said the two of them had been discussing committing to the same school for a while. OU has targeted Rambo in a major way ever since a satellite camp last summer. Multiple trips to Norman in a short timeframe led everyone to believe OU was sitting in the driver’s seat. Turns out everything was exactly as it appeared and Rambo gives a nice blend of size and speed.
Favorite: Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb. Seriously? Yes. Despite decommitting from the Sooners a couple of months ago, there were no burned bridges. He wanted to see other schools, and he has done that. Lamb visited a bunch of his top schools in June and announced he is ready to make his choice July 25. OU, through social media, has shown 100 percent it still would take Lamb in a heartbeat, and OU’s calm reaction to his initial decision has it still in the race in a major way.
Next in line: Lancaster (Texas) High’s Omar Manning. OU has been recruiting for a long time, even having him at junior day when he was a sophomore. So although the Sooners weren’t among the first to offer, they’ve been in the picture the whole time. At one point Texas A&M looked like the favorite. Now it appears TCU is the biggest threat, but OU is exactly where you want to be at this stage of the game. Manning is considered by some to be the best receiver in Texas but no news as of late.
On the radar: Los Angeles Hawkins’ Joseph Lewis. With Lewis saying he’s going to take an official visit to OU this fall, it gives the impression the Sooners are going to take at least three receivers and then maybe a fourth if everything falls into place. Lewis would be one of those guys if everything fell into place. Ranked the No. 1 receiver in the nation by Scout, it doesn’t look rosy for OU, but the Sooners are in the mix heading into the fall.
Tight end (1)
Committed (1): Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic’s Grant Calcaterra. From the time OU offered in February, you just had that feeling this was going to be end up being one of the SoonerSquad17 recruits. Following a great visit and some time to clear his head and think it over, he did indeed enter the fold. Calcaterra has great size, great hands and has really strutted his stuff nationally in camps this spring. It was clear he was OU’s No. 1 guy at tight end the whole time. He will also be at The Opening next month.
Favorite: None. This is over and done with.
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.
Offensive tackle (1-2)
Favorite: Austin (Texas) Westlake’s Stephan Zabie. For the last month or so it has felt like it’s either OU or Texas A&M. But during the spring evaluation process, Zabie has become quite popular so it will be intriguing to track how his recent string of offers impact his recruitment. He has already visited Norman and has developed a great relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh. He’s still raw with last year being his first year playing football so OU would love to tap into his potential, now ranked in the Scout 300.
Next in line: Aledo (Texas) High’s Chuck Filiaga. Will the Sooners be able to reap the rewards of Filiaga transferring from California to Aledo? Tough to gauge where he is at right now and how moving halfway across the country might change his thoughts as well. OU was able to get a visit from Filiaga during the spring so that’s a start. When things slow down for Filiaga, we should all get a much better idea of where OU is at in the pecking order.
On the radar: Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab’s Adrian Ealy. This feels like a case where if LSU wants to get really involved and decides it wants Ealy, then that will probably happen. As more time passes, though, it hasn’t occurred just yet. Ealy continues to talk up the Sooners in interviews, and it’s clear OU is in his top three. The question is whether or not OU would still be there if the Tigers made Ealy a top priority.