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Bedlam battles: 2018 recruiting class

Bedlam recruiting for 2017 is not really there. But 2018? Yea, now we could be talking.

As odd as it feels, it does seem like the truth. There aren’t any real Bedlam recruiting battles between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as we go down the stretch of the 2017 class.

When you look at 2018, though, OK, now things start to get interesting. So we’re going to examine some of the top recruits (10) in the state of Oklahoma for the 2018 class and give the edge to the Sooners or the Cowboys.

http://www.scout.com/player/194203-brey-walker?s=73

Moore Southmoore OT Brey Walker (committed to OU)

But we start with a dud. No analysis necessary. Committed to OU for more than a year now.

Edge: OU.

http://www.scout.com/player/203260-josh-proctor?s=73

Owasso S Josh Proctor

OU was the first school to offer and OSU didn’t take much longer to jump in as well. The Sooners seem to be the clear leader here among Bedlam schools, but Ohio State and Alabama will make a charge for Proctor and should be the real threats.

Edge: OU.

http://www.scout.com/player/191771-casey-thompson?s=73

Moore Southmoore QB Casey Thompson

Both schools have their 2018 quarterback with OU in Cameron Rising and OSU with Spencer Sanders. OK, moving on.

Edge: Neither.

http://www.scout.com/player/204864-owen-condon?s=73

OKC McGuinness OT Owen Condon

This is where things start to have some intrigue. Condon feels like an OU lean, but OSU might be the more realistic landing spot for the four-star prospect. Until Bill Bedenbaugh makes the call, rolling with the Cowboys.

Edge: OSU (until further notice).

http://www.scout.com/player/206299-c-j-moore?s=73

Tulsa Union WR C.J. Moore

And this is where the head-shaking begins with OU. What else can Moore do to earn an offer from the Sooners? He’s visited campus a number of times. He’s impressed during his junior season. Does not compute from this end.

Edge: OSU.

http://www.scout.com/player/207850-jalen-redmond?s=73

Midwest City DE/OLB Jalen Redmond

Both schools are in hot pursuit of Redmond right now as well they should after an outstanding first year of starting at the varsity level. He hasn’t been afraid to hit up Norman and Stillwater, but OU seems like the spot once an offer comes.

Edge: OU.

http://www.scout.com/player/209431-patrick-fields?s=73

Tulsa Union S Patrick Fields

This will be a good battle. OU once again beat OSU to the punch in terms of offering, but the Cowboys have been pretty consistent and persistent in trying to get Fields into the fold. OU’s ace in the hole is Kerry Cooks, who can close with the best of them.

Edge: OU.

http://www.scout.com/player/212850-ron-tatum?s=73

OKC Putnam City DE Ron Tatum

This one doesn’t seem as fair right now because OU is the in-state school showing the most interest and has already offered. Tatum seems to be the perfect fit for what Calvin Thibodeaux wants to do going forward at defensive line.

Edge: OU.

http://www.scout.com/player/209302-james-palmer?s=73

Moore Westmoore TE James Palmer

OU has gone back and forth with Palmer, while the Cowboys have been there from the start. Palmer is a very intriguing prospect at the next level and trying to determine how big he’ll get and what type of tight end he’ll become.

Edge: OSU.

http://www.scout.com/player/200616-bryce-bray?s=73

Bixby OT Bryce Bray

Another tough one because OU has shown steady interest for more than a year and has had him in Norman repeatedly. Again, might just be a numbers game. It feels like OSU could be first to offer and OSU struck gold in Bixby with Brendon Evers for 2017.

Edge: OSU.


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