It won’t just be two of the most historic programs in college football going at it with Oklahoma and Ohio State on Saturday evening. It’s also going to be two of the hottest recruiting programs going on right now.
OU’s 2017 class, SoonerSquad17, has been a game-changer for the Sooners. Currently ranked No. 3 in Scout’s rankings, one of the schools its looking up toward is Ohio State.
The Buckeyes have far and away the best class in the entire nation. No ifs, ands or buts about it with Ohio State having 12 commits in the Scout 100. OU is impressive with 14 in the Scout 300, but the Buckeyes take it to another level with 12 in the first 100.
Ohio State has been able to edge the Sooners in a couple of recruiting battles for the 2017 cycle. Names like Isaiah Pryor, Haskell Garrett and J.K. Dobbins come to mind. But there’s still time for OU with 2017 prospects and to get a jump on 2018 kids this weekend.
La Grange (Texas) High ATH J.K. Dobbins
OU fans might still be wondering what went wrong here. Dobbins was a clear OU favorite for months and months until he surprised everybody with his announcement to commit to the Buckeyes back in March. The Sooners haven’t stopped pursuing the four-star athlete, but there has been nothing to suggest right now he won’t stick with Ohio State. OU’s 2017 class has been trying incredibly hard to get Dobbins to head to Norman, but Texas might be the most realistic shot of any other school.
Edge: Ohio State.
South Grand Prairie (Texas) High ATH Jeffrey Okudah
What’s better than a four-star athlete? How about a five-star athlete? And how about a five-star athlete whose top two schools will be going head-to-head Saturday. Okudah’s No. 1 pick is Ohio State with OU slowly but surely gaining ground seemingly every month. Okudah will be making an official visit to Norman this weekend and his friendships with the rest of SoonerSquad17 has been well documented at this point. OU is knocking on the door with Okudah. A win here could set the wheels in motion for perhaps a flip of those top two schools.
Houston Bellaire Episcopal DT Marvin Wilson
You only get five official visits so it’s a feather in the cap of OU defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux to be able to get the five-star prospect back to Norman for an official visit. It seemed all along Wilson would use this as an unofficial so it’s a great sign for OU. Not only will OU get one of the visits, it could mean perhaps a school like Ohio State won’t get one. With Wilson’s offers from coast-to-coast, he can’t see them all. No idea if OU can stay in this race the whole way, but it’s a heck of a great sign if Wilson is back in Norman this weekend.
2018 Owasso (Okla.) High S Josh Proctor
After three recruits from the state of Texas, we end with a major prospect from the Sooner State. Proctor, a Scout 100 prospect for the 2018 class, earned his first offer nearly a year ago from OU. He has been to OU multiple times and will be back in Norman again for this showdown. The only other school with a legitimate shot right now is Ohio State. Coming off a great visit to Columbus during the summer, the Buckeyes are not backing down. A win won’t guarantee Proctor’s pledge to OU, but it’d be a nice statement to make.