Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Last week was the full release of the initial Scout 300 for the 2018 class, and Oklahoma has to be feeling pretty good about things right now.
Yes, the Sooners only have one commit right now, but he’s a five-star prospect in Moore (Okla.) Southmoore offensive tackle Brey Walker, ranked No. 10.
And when you look at the rest of the names in the list, OU is in a good position to pick up some more in the upcoming months.
This is not the full list of prospects offered by OU in the Scout 300, but it is the best guesstimate by Sooners Illustrated of who are the legitimate targets this early in the game.
Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan OLB Teradja Mitchell
OK, truth be told outside of Mitchell being Jarvis Baxter’s cousin, there’s not too much here. But Baxter has fared well in Norman, and it could at least lead to the door being open for the Sooners.
Katy (Texas) Taylor DE Max Wright
Wright was an early find by defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux, but we’re still a-ways away from seeing how much traction he has gained. Wright looks like the best defensive end in the region.
Manvel (Texas) WR Jalen Preston
Everybody is going to come after Preston, and it won’t be an easy race for OU to win. The Sooners are at least in it, however, and will have to continue to build that bond and produce on the field.
Justin (Texas) Northwest OT Darrell Simpson
Simpson has visited Norman, is developing a great relationship with OU commits in the 2017 class and would be an ideal stablemate with Walker to end the offensive tackle search before it even starts.
Cibolo (Texas) Steele ATH Caden Sterns
Sterns is an iffy one right now but give credit to OU for getting out there early. Nothing to suggest OU is the leader or anything, but the Sooners are a frequent contender to recruits from Steele.
Rockwall (Texas) High OLB Alston Orji
Texas seems to be the major competition here for Orji, but OU made a major impression by offering him during his visit for the spring game. His stock is going to raise in a hurry, and OU was there from the start.
Owasso (Okla.) High S Josh Proctor
Nothing new on the Proctor front lately. OU was his first offer, he has visited the campus more than any other and defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks is doing a great job of building that bond. All you can ask.
Houston Spring Westfield DT Keondre Coburn
Spring Westfield has a great reputation at defensive tackle and Coburn seems to be the next in line. Offered by OU, Coburn was in Norman last month for the camp although he did not participate.
Moore (Okla.) Southmoore QB Casey Thompson
Have to like where OU stands with Thompson because of the honest relationship he has with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Starting to feel like Thompson is the leader in the clubhouse for quarterback.
Fresno (Calif.) Edison S Steve Stephens
Another “DBGuru” product here as OU continues to head back to Fresno. The Sooners have the reputation and relationships with Michiah Quick and Caleb Kelly. Stephens is that guy for this class.
Arlington (Texas) Lamar DT Bobby Brown
Brown will be an interesting one to watch because other major schools are starting to come into play, but OU had already offered and Brown has already made one unofficial visit to Norman this summer.
Yoakum (Texas) High WR Joshua Moore
Moore has been high on the Sooners for a long time and should return to Norman later this month. He is a major priority and the most realistic, top-ranked receiver for OU heading into his junior season.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy OG Curtis Dunlap
Dunlap felt like a shoo-in for the Sooners back in the spring. But as more offers are coming his way and starting to make visits, it will be a battle. A battle, though, OU can easily still win at this point.
Lancaster (Texas) High CB Jordon Austin
Younger brother of Dakota Austin, Jordon’s first offer came from the Sooners during his visit for the spring game. Jordon was back at OU last month for camp where he showed up but also participated.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High DT Shabazz Dotson
Dotson is one of the few in this list without an offer, but Dotson made a great impression on the OU coaches at the satellite camp last month that an offer in the near future is certainly within reason.
OKC McGuinness OT Owen Condon
Condon’s stock has increased dramatically in the last couple of months, and OU has been there the whole time. He camped at OU and then camped again with the Sooners at a satellite event.
Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian CB Verone McKinley III
McKinley has been offered for so long you might forget he’s a 2018 kid. He has developed a great bond with OU’s 2017 commits and was back in Norman last month with the commits for the one-day event.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal WR Jaylen Waddle
One of the more recent offers, Waddle was offered by the Sooners during his unofficial visit last month to Norman. An explosive talent, don’t be surprised to see his ranking shoot up during his junior season.