Yes, we all know Oklahoma has its entire crop of eight commits on Team Vapor Speed this week at The Opening, but it’s not the only team OU fans should watch this weekend.
There are plenty of top targets for the Sooners competing in the all-star summer event at Nike’s headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., on several different teams.
There are 166 recruits at the event. You don’t have to know them all, but here are the ones OU fans should circle when watching The Opening.
Team Mach Speed
Lancaster (Texas) High WR Omar Manning
Think a lot of OU fans were hoping Manning would have been committed at this point, but it’s clear he’s going to take his time before making his call. The Sooners are still in the hunt, but there are more signs as of late that it’s certainly not a sure thing heading into the event.
Fresno (Calif.) Central East CB Jaylon Johnson
It’s that Fresno connection, but the question is whether or not OU will have room for a player like Johnson. The Sooners are obviously not hurting at defensive back with four prospects ranked in the Scout 300 so OU must tread carefully here to not mess up what it has going.
Team Lunar Beast
La Grange (Texas) High RB J.K. Dobbins
More and more it’s starting to look like Dobbins is going to stick with his pledge to Ohio State, but the Sooners are still out there lurking. Ohio State has 10 commits at The Opening, while OU has eight so this is the only school where OU doesn’t have the numbers game advantage this week.
Plano (Texas) East ILB Anthony Hines
Hines is looking to make some noise this week, saying he’s going to announce his top 10. The shock of all shocks would be if OU doesn’t make this cut as it feels like the Sooners are at least in the top three. OU continues to put the full court press on for Hines.
Team Fly Rush
Loganville (Ga.) Grayson DB DeAngelo Gibbs
Is he a legit target? That’s debatable, for sure. But Gibbs and OU continue to linger around out there so it’s something to monitor. Just hard to imagine Gibbs getting out of SEC country.
Los Angeles Hawkins WR Joseph Lewis
The No. 1-ranked receiver in the country has already said he’s going to make an official visit to Norman to see the Sooners. OU’s class looks so strong right now that even if Lewis doesn’t head to SoonerSquad17, it will be OK.
De Soto (Texas) High OG Xavier Newman
This is the one to watch this week and this month. Committed to Texas since April, it’s clear last week’s offer from the Sooners was not just another offer. Newman will have a chance to be around a lot of OU commits this week. Will it make a difference?
Las Vegas Arbor View DT Greg Rogers
Rogers is coming into this event certainly with something to prove. His ranking, though still impressive, has dropped a bit, and he’s looking to show he belongs in the conversation of best defensive tackle in the country. OU will be there until the end, just a chance to recruit him more.
Galena Park (Texas) North Shore DE K’Lavon Chaisson
OU knows what it needs to do with Chaisson with the Scout 100 prospect saying flat out OU was his No. 1 school two weeks ago. The Sooners needs to continue to build on that momentum and this is as a good weekend as any to develop the relationships with the commits.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson
Will anybody be recruited more at The Opening than Wilson? It’s a legitimate question as it seems like every school in his top 10 is going to make the push. The Sooners are absolutely in that mix, and Wilson has earned a nice rapport with SoonerSquad17.