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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.
Committed (1): Southlake (Texas) Carroll’s Robert Barnes. The first defensive commitment of the class and an OU legacy as well. Barnes seems to be absolutely locked in with the Sooners and now his goal is simply to recruit the best of the best on defense in the Dallas area to come join him in Norman. Barnes has filled out into a great frame for a safety and has performed well in camps this spring and summer to go with making constant trips to Norman.
Next in line: South Grand Prairie (Texas) High’s Jeffrey Okudah. Again, there’s just no favorite right now at safety although some names are worth monitoring. Okudah is definitely one of them with the caveat being Ohio State just seems to be the “it” school for him. OU has been able to get Okudah to Norman multiple times (including last week), but it’s still seems like it’s quite an uphill trek right now to land Okudah. The friendship of Barnes means a lot, and OU has played its cards right in this situation.
On the radar: Loganville (Ga.) Grayson’s DeAngelo Gibbs. The biggest longshot on the board, but Gibbs has family in the area and keeps making the occasional trip to Norman. Nobody sees him going outside of SEC country in the end, but the longer the Sooners lurk around and continue to have success on the field and recruiting trail, the more OU is keeping the door open.
Midwest City (Okla.) High’s Evan Fields. Nobody likes to be called a backup plan, but you could do a lot worse than Fields if things start to fall apart. The next in line for the Bombers at safety, Fields has seen his stock grow considerably during the spring evaluation period. Had Fields camped at OU’s elite event, things might be viewed another way because he’s a very different player than he was last year. He has options, just not sure OU will be one.