OU's defensive 'wish list' - Cornerback/Nickelback

OU's defensive 'wish list' continues with a look at cornerback/nickelback.

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.


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 and solid to OU despite trips to Miami.


OKC John Marshall’s Justin Broiles. At this time last year, 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. Recruits gravitate toward his personality.


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 a man of his word. A trip to Alabama, and that’s it. He’s been to Norman multiple times since then.

Favorite: None. Simply have to see how this position breaks down and whether or not OU wants one more at the spot. Or if one of the committed ones turns into a safety.


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, and it would continue to build on that Fresno pipeline the Sooners have established in recent years.

On the radar: None. Ready to say there are no more real targets unless something were to occur with the current commits.


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