We’re right around that time of year where two things happen in recruiting. Commitments like crazy as prospects decide they don’t want that hanging over their head going into senior season.
Or shut it down to solely focus on senior season and let recruiting take a backseat.
Nobody is mad about that, but it sort of eliminates some of the news you can report in the next few weeks until official visits pick up the pace.
OU’s 2017 class, SoonerSquad17, has obviously done a lot of things right. Thirteen of the 18 commits are in the Scout 300. The group is ranked No. 3 by Scout.
But what if more was still on the table?
After talking to multiple sources on this “Texas Quintet,” here’s where Sooners Illustrated believes OU stands with five Scout 100 prospects from the state of Texas.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson
Start with one of three five-stars in this talented group. OK, OU has done all it can to make up ground in the last few months. Calvin Thibodeaux has done all he can to make the Sooners a factor in this thing.
But when push comes to shove, Wilson seems to be Texas’ to lose. If the Longhorns can succeed on the field, combined with Charlie Strong, Wilson will end up in Austin.
It doesn’t matter that Texas signed Marcel Southall, Jordan Elliott, Chris Daniels last year. The question will be what constitutes succeeding on the field? Because if Texas were to go oh say 7-5, 8-4, is that enough?
OU is going to have to nab one of his five official visits to stand a chance. That’s not breaking news or anything. That’s just fact.
Sooners Illustrated is hoping to see Wilson on Sept. 2 since OU-Houston is the very next day. But who knows? He might not be talking recruiting at that point.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) ATH Jeffrey Okudah
No. 2 of the five stars. Okudah was changed from safety to athlete by Scout following The Opening. Eh, really irrelevant. He’s a safety target for OU. He’s the most realistic and easily the most desired.
Although Okudah has tried to play it up like Ohio State is not in the lead, the Buckeyes are. Or at least for his mother, who views Ohio State education as much greater than OU education.
Okudah is at home at OU. He loves Kerry Cooks. He has an incredible, deep bond with Robert Barnes. There are a lot of reasons to like OU in this race.
One game doesn’t mean everything, but maybe it will Sept. 17 with OU and Ohio State. If the Sooners can get Okudah and family to Norman, show them what needs to be seen, beat up on Brutus the Buckeye on the field, that leaves a mark.
Okudah is one of those recruits OU will definitely let figure things out and make the call when he’s good and ready.
OU is in the top two. But as of Aug. 12, think it’s still No. 2.
Plano (Texas) East ILB Anthony Hines
The final five-star of the group, and the one OU fans should feel the most confident about heading into his senior season.
Hines tweeted Wednesday he’s only focused about his senior year so maybe all the recruiting attention is starting to weigh him down a bit, especially when so many are speculating when he’ll commit to the Sooners instead of if he will commit.
The kicker in this remains the fact Hines’ mother has to see Norman and develop that bond with the coaches and feel comfortable. Hines and his father were back at OU last week. It was the same as always. Another great visit.
But his mother has to know this is a good place for her son. Until then, it’s going to be a lot of just saying OU is exactly where it needs to be but nothing has changed.
Prediction is still clearly OU as it feels like Texas is moving on in its linebacker search.
Galena Park (Texas) North Shore DE K’Lavon Chaisson
This is an interesting one. Chaisson listed a top 11 this summer with OU No. 1 and Houston No. 2. He’ll also be in attendance Sept. 3 when the Cougars and Sooners meet so that will be OU’s chance to make an impression.
OU appears to be the easy leader, coming off the work the Sooners coaching staff has done in the last couple of months.
But he was at Texas last week. He has talked about taking an official visit to Florida State for the Clemson game during the season.
It could be that was the last gasp chance for the Longhorns, or it could be Chaisson fully exploring all options because he’s not as set.
Still would peg OU as the winner for Chaisson. Add him with Kenneth Murray, and boom, there are your outside linebackers.
Lancaster (Texas) High WR Omar Manning
Everything hearing is all about OU. Until you talk to Texas sources. For some reason, those covering the Longhorns truly believe Manning will be in Austin when all said and done.
Disregard the fact Manning was back at OU two weeks ago for the #ChampUBBQ. Disregard the fact he has great friendships with multiple members of SoonerSquad17. Disregard the fact he knows he’d a part of easily the best wide receiver class for OU in a long time.
For some reason, Texas is lingering out there. Still nothing on my end to suggest it won’t be the Sooners for Manning. But you know, the longer the wait, the more the questions.
Manning has been pretty consistent about making a choice before the season and then making visits even after his pledge.
Not sure. You could see someone wanting the spotlight when you’re as good as Manning and not wanting to be just a cog in the wheel with Jalen Reagor, Charleston Rambo, CeeDee Lamb.
The BBQ was a chance for all four to be in the same spot at the same time so the gut feeling would be it has been discussed by the quartet of what they want to do as a group.