OU's defensive 'wish list' - Defensive tackle

OU's defensive 'wish list' continues with a look at defensive tackle where Sooners are going for the big names.

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 heading into July. 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 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 when it came. With the way OU is so focused on the top guns, starting to wonder where Watts stands with OU and Calvin Thibodeaux.


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. Although all eyes will continue to be on Marvin Wilson, the Sooners seem to be making up the most ground with Rogers. Subtle social media hints have OU becoming a major player in his recruitment, and The Opening will be a great chance for the commits to try to play recruiter.


Houston Episcopal’s Marvin Wilson. OU keeps trying to make up ground, and that’s really all it can do at this point. This recruitment is an example of everything OU is doing right for the 2017 class because it was dead in the water back in February. Now the Sooners aren’t the favorite by any means, but they’re a legit player and building more steam with each passing month and were finally able to nab that unofficial visit last month.


On the radar: 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.


Katy (Texas) High’s Corey Bethley. A curious offer back when it was made during the spring evaluation period. Seems like a clear backup plan option if some of the big dogs don’t pan out in OU’s favor. Bethley has other options so don’t be surprised if nothing materializes here.


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