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 heading into August. 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): Mesquite (Texas) Horn’s Chris Robison. The very first commit of the incredibly talented SoonerSquad17 class. Robison caught the eye of Lincoln Riley last year at a satellite camp and committed less than two weeks after. Ever since, he has been all-in with the Sooners, including attending every single home game OU had in 2015. He’s also one of the ringleaders for OU in terms of recruiting other top prospects to join him in Norman.
Running back (3)
Committed (2): Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Marcelias Sutton. A bit of a cheat here because it seems pretty clear Sutton is actually going to end up as a jack-of-all-trades type of recruit with running, receiving and returning. Sutton has that game-changing speed OU has been looking for, and it didn’t take long for the Sooners to go after Sutton once they realized things were not as solid with North Carolina State as it once seemed. Sutton still hasn’t seen the campus.
Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry’s Trey Sermon. This was huge, no doubt about that. For the Sooners to go into Georgia and pick up one of the most talented prospects in the state says a lot about what SoonerSquad17 has been able to accomplish. Following a great visit to Norman during the spring, Sermon committed. Following another great trip to OU for the BBQ, sure feels like OU has this one secured.
Favorite: Lakeland (Fla.) Senior’s A.J. Davis. It’s still all about trying to get Davis to campus. OU has been right there with Davis for several months, and there’s not much more Jay Boulware can do to improve OU’s standing here. Davis has routinely mentioned the Sooners as among his top schools, it’s just a question of making that effort to see Norman and perhaps closing the deal once and for all. Until then, the door is open for other backs.
La Grange (Texas) High’s J.K. Dobbins. This is trending down after the actions of the last month, but the Sooners are still in the hunt for Dobbins, who has been committed to Ohio State since the beginning of March. OU has tried to reconnect with Dobbins during the spring, and Dobbins does have a nice relationship with multiple members of OU’s 2017 class. Lately, it has looked like he will stick with the Buckeyes but don’t expect OU to throw in the towel just yet.
Next in line: None.
Committed (1): Charlotte (N.C.) Vance’s Jeremiah Hall. After sitting out the H-Back scene the last two recruiting cycles, it was clear the Sooners wanted one this time around. They wanted their next Dimitri Flowers and have found him with Hall, who is already bigger than Flowers was in high school. He’s accepted the H-Back role, and he says he’s ready to make a difference. Initial trip to Norman for the BBQ event was a huge success.
Wide receiver (3-4)
Committed (3): Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor. A one-time Texas Tech commit, Reagor spoke incredibly high about the Sooners even when pledged to the Red Raiders. A trip to Norman in March got the ball rolling for something that escalated quickly. Around 24 hours after his visit and on Easter Sunday, Reagor made the call to join SoonerSquad17. He is the quintessential slot receiver, perhaps most natural in that spot for OU in years.
Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo. Just minutes after Reagor’s commitment, Rambo joined the party and said the two of them had been discussing committing to the same school for a while. OU has targeted Rambo in a major way ever since a satellite camp last summer. Multiple trips to Norman in a short timeframe led everyone to believe OU was sitting in the driver’s seat. Turns out everything was exactly as it appeared and Rambo gives a nice blend of size and speed.
Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb. He’s back. You can go home again. After committing in December, decommitting in April, Lamb has indeed rejoined the group. Lamb is one of the most explosive, athletic talents Sooners Illustrated has seen in person for the class. Lamb, OU coaches, everybody handled this situation in a mature way, which perhaps was a big reason why Lamb is with the crimson and cream once again.
Favorite: Lancaster (Texas) High’s Omar Manning. OU has been recruiting for a long time, even having him at junior day when he was a sophomore. So although the Sooners weren’t among the first to offer, they’ve been in the picture the whole time. At one point Texas A&M looked like the favorite. Now it appears TCU is the biggest threat, but OU is exactly where you want to be at this stage of the game. Manning is considered by some to be the best receiver in Texas and getting him back to Norman last week was huge.
On the radar: Los Angeles Hawkins’ Joseph Lewis. With Lewis saying he’s going to take an official visit to OU this fall, it gives the impression the Sooners are going to take at least three receivers and then maybe a fourth if everything falls into place. Lewis would be one of those guys if everything fell into place. Ranked the No. 1 receiver in the nation by Scout, it doesn’t look rosy for OU, but the Sooners are in the mix heading into the fall.
Tight end (1)
Committed (1): Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic’s Grant Calcaterra. From the time OU offered in February, you just had that feeling this was going to be end up being one of the SoonerSquad17 recruits. Following a great visit and some time to clear his head and think it over, he did indeed enter the fold. Calcaterra has great size, great hands and has really strutted his stuff nationally in camps this spring. It was clear he was OU’s No. 1 guy at tight end the whole time. He was a star at The Opening.
Favorite: None. This is over and done with.
Interior Offensive Line (2-3)
Committed (2): McKinney (Texas) Boyd’s Tyrese Robinson. You could make a valid argument that Robinson is the glue of this class. A huge position of need combined with having great relationships with basically every other commit in the group. Robinson surprised a lot of people by committing at junior day, but he has been rock solid ever since. Offensive line is always a need, but it’s a less of one when you start with someone as big as talented as Robinson.
Maryland Heights (Mo.) Pattonville’s Marquis Hayes. Said last month that if OU made a real play, this would get interesting in a hurry. OU did, offered, and it got interesting in a hurry. Hayes has the size to play tackle, but Hayes has said offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh believes Hayes can be an elite offensive guard. Based on what Bedenbaugh looks for from his offensive linemen, this seems like a perfect match.
Favorite: De Soto (Texas) High’s Xavier Newman. Things are sort of up in the air now with Newman as most thought he would have flipped his commitment from Texas to OU during the month of July. But after not making it to the ChampUBBQ, who knows exactly where OU stands with Newman and where Newman has the Sooners in the grand scheme of things?
Next in line: None.
Offensive tackle (1-2)
Favorite: Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab’s Adrian Ealy. Can OU really going to LSU country and take a top prospect from the area? As of now, absolutely. Ealy and OU have never been stronger than right now despite not being at the ChampUBBQ. You know the Tigers are lurking in the distance, but right now, OU is looking like the school to watch and what will be a fascinating offensive tackle search the rest of the way.
Next in line: Austin (Texas) Westlake’s Stephan Zabie. For the last few months or so it has felt like it’s either OU or Texas A&M. But during the spring evaluation process, Zabie has become quite popular so it will be intriguing to track how his recent string of offers impact his recruitment. He has already visited Norman and has developed a great relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh. He’s still raw with last year being his first year playing football so OU would love to tap into his potential, now ranked in the Scout 300.
Aledo (Texas) High’s Chuck Filiaga. Will the Sooners be able to reap the rewards of Filiaga transferring from California to Aledo? Tough to gauge where he is at right now and how moving halfway across the country might change his thoughts as well. OU was able to get a visit from Filiaga during the spring so that’s a start. When things slow down for Filiaga, we should all get a much better idea of where OU is at in the pecking order.
Removed from last month: RB Kennedy Brooks; OL Creed Humphrey; OL Joel Honigford.