You can’t build a class of nothing but players from within the state, but you can build a great foundation has always been the motto with Oklahoma and recruiting in the state’s boundary.
However, when you look at the 2018 class, you can build a lot more than just a foundation as a whopping five recruits from within the state have been able to crack the initial Scout 300 for 2018 released Wednesday.
Here is a look at those five recruits and where OU stands with them heading into their junior seasons.
Moore Southmoore OT Brey Walker
Start off with a bang, arguably the best offensive tackle in the region and maybe even the country. Walker has been a name to watch ever since he was an eighth-grader, and all he’s doing is slowing putting together all the pieces into becoming that something special everyone believes he can be. Not afraid of competition, not afraid of getting out there, Walker is OU’s lone commit and a huge name to build upon for OU’s 2018 class.
OU’s chances? Duh. He’s committed. Other offers came before. Other offers have come after his commitment. Simply put, it doesn’t look like it’s ever going to matter. He’s as locked as they get and has built a tremendous bond with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.
Owasso S Josh Proctor
Walker is the best offensive prospect in the state, but Proctor isn’t trailing too far and has separated himself as the best defensive prospect for the class. Proctor’s initial offer came from OU back in November when not many people knew his name. He’s branching out from a state name to a regional name to a national name in no time. The elephant in the room remains whether or not he wants to pursue basketball or football at the next level.
OU’s chances? Phenomenal. OU has done everything right so far with Proctor, and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks is well on his way toward building that necessary relationship. Other major schools are going to come into play, but the Sooners are right where they want to be.
Moore Southmoore QB Casey Thompson
Thompson held the title as in-state recruit most deserving of an OU offer for a long time before the Sooners and Lincoln Riley ended that in May with the official word. Thompson accounted for 52 touchdowns as a sophomore and is as familiar with OU as any recruit possibly can be through his father (Charles) and his older brother (Kendal). A name to circle as a freshman, Thompson is all production now instead of basing it on potential.
OU’s chances? Very good. What you have to like for OU is the word honest is used by Thompson to describe his relationship with Riley. They ask the hard questions and they answer the hard questions. OU would love the one-two punch from Southmoore in this class.
OKC McGuinness OT Owen Condon
It has been a while since OU has looked in the Irish’s direction (think Gabe Ikard), but Condon is certainly a name to get to know now. Already with some quality offers, it’s going to increase sooner rather than later. Condon camped at OU in the summer and then camped again with the Sooners at a satellite event. Nobody has ever made 300 pounds look so slim. Add that with his legitimate 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-7 frame, and you’ve got an easy name for OU fans to follow.
OU’s chances? Pretty good. The Sooners haven’t made the offer just yet, but offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has definitely started to cultivate that relationship and Condon is showing he’s a lot more than just a tall body based on his spring and summer outings.
Tulsa Union WR C.J. Moore
The state is pretty loaded at wide receiver for 2018, but Moore right now seems to be the one catching the most eyes. There’s a reason for that when you look at his frame and what he was able to do as a sophomore at a school with such rich tradition as Union. This season should be a banner one for Moore, teaming up with Adrian Wilson (2018) and OU commit Tre Brown at receiver as the Redskins trio should have plenty of chances to shine.
OU’s chances? Trending down. Moore is racking up one major Power 5 conference offer after another, but OU isn’t in the mix yet. He has visited Norman twice during the calendar year, but other schools are certainly showing more support and interest at this time.