High school football is about to kick off across the nation so don’t be surprised to see a little bit of a lull with recruiting.
And if you’re Oklahoma with 14 commits in the Scout 300 and ranked No. 3 overall, that’s OK. With that in mind, Sooners Illustrated is going to take a crack at a best guesstimate of how the rest of this class is going to go down.
Commit: Chris Robison
Boneman’s Breakdown: Nothing. Done. Robison locked up. Rising locked up for 2018 class. Move along. Job well done, Lincoln Riley.
Commits: Juco ATH Marcelias Sutton; Trey Sermon
In the running: J.K. Dobbins; A.J. Davis
Boneman’s Breakdown: OK, here is our first of several where it’s going to be intriguing to see if OU wants another at the position. Believe this will come up repeatedly when discussing this class.
You know Daniel Brooks is gone. You can assume at least one (if not both) of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon will bolt for the NFL.
So that leaves you with Rodney Anderson and Abdul Adams. But the way Adams is turning heads like crazy during camp makes you believe OU might feel pretty comfortable with where it’s at right now.
You have Anderson and Adams. You add Sutton and Sermon. You don’t need Dobbins or Davis at this point. It’s one of those luxury things.
What will have to happen is looking at how the rest of the class sort of goes down at other positions to determine if another running back is even necessary.
If OU needs more help at offensive line/defensive line, maybe you take out that third running back. If OU needs to make room for another inside linebacker, maybe you stand pat with where you are.
Commits: Jalen Reagor, Charleston Rambo, CeeDee Lamb
In the running: Omar Manning, Joseph Lewis
Boneman’s Breakdown: Not sure about Lewis. It just has all the feelings of being a token finalist, but OU has made some nice recent waves in the state of California.
You have Grant Calcaterra and two of OU’s latest commits have been Cali boys, too, in 2018 quarterback Cameron Rising and linebacker Addison Gumbs.
Rising’s father, Nicko, was pretty adamant in that they’re going to do all they can to recruit Lewis to Norman, and Lewis is set for an official visit Baylor weekend. But that’s still a good three months away.
Manning is another story. It’s clear his bond with the OU commits. It’s clear his relationship with the coaches and staff. But Texas is lurking out there.
Talked about it last week with the fact if Texas does well on the field, the Longhorns are going to be able to snatch up a lot of top talent, especially from within the state. Seems as though recruits are looking for a reason to buy in with Charlie Strong. A successful season would do just that.
It would be very surprising to see any other receiver enter this conversation.
Commit: Jeremiah Hall
Boneman’s Breakdown: Yep, nothing to see here. Hall loved his visit to OU. OU knows how it wants to use Hall. All good.
Commit: Grant Calcaterra
Boneman’s Breakdown: Cale Gundy made it crystal clear in the winter with who he wanted, and nothing has changed since Calcaterra committed in the spring. OU has its next Mark Andrews.
Commits: Tyrese Robinson, Marquis Hayes, Creed Humphrey
Boneman’s Breakdown: Do believe this one is done. Know Cesar Ruiz lurks out there, but you’re rarely (if ever) going to try for two centers in one class. Robinson is the foundation of the class, but Hayes feels like the one that got this ball rolling once again to sort of set the wheels in motion for Humphrey to flip from Texas A&M.
In the running: Adrian Ealy, Chuck Filiaga, Stephan Zabie
Boneman’s Breakdown: This is where things get tricky. If you are under the belief the Sooners are only taking one tackle, this gets incredibly difficult. But again, maybe you take two here and then don’t look at running back or receiver again, just tough to say.
The favorite seems to be Ealy despite the fact he hasn’t been able to visit Norman like he anticipated during the summer. Multiple attempts were thwarted, and it’s obvious it will have to wait until the official visit.
The news here seems to be LSU not going all-in for somebody like Ealy, which is exactly the type of opening OU can use to its advantage to take someone from Baton Rouge. Actually, it might be the only legitimate opening to try something like that.
Filiaga is a tough one to dissect right now, especially after transferring from Vista Murrieta in California to Aledo, Texas. OU will be in the mix, no doubt about that. But the early favorite since the move seems to be TCU. Texas is also getting heavily involved. Filiaga was too busy with the move to make the trip to Norman once again. He did visit in March.
Zabie, boy, ya gotta feel for this kid. He’s only played one year of high school football and now has been deemed ineligible to play as a senior for Austin Westlake.
There are no warning signs. It’s not academics. It’s not discipline. Before Zabie ended up at Austin Westlake, he was out east and at a prep school. The confusion was whether or not that year should count toward his high school eligibility.
Turns out it has and that means his four years are up. No idea what this will mean for his recruitment because a huge part of the problem is going to be he never got to develop as a player during his senior season. He’s going to need to stay focused, not get discouraged and continue to stay in shape.
Commit: Reeves Mundschau
Boneman’s Breakdown: Sort of a surprising choice but Mundschau is indeed getting a full scholarship and OU sees him as punter going forward.