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 January. 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. (No change, 9/6)
Running back (3)
Committed (3): Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Marcelias Sutton. OK, this one is done. Sutton was finally able to see the campus for the first time last month and signed with the Sooners. He is indeed a jack-of-all-trades type of player who will see time at running back, slot receiver and most likely in special teams as well. Sutton will come in fresh as well since he wasn’t overused during his juco days at Lackawanna.
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. (No change, 9/6)
Mansfield (Texas) High’s Kennedy Brooks. Surprise, surprise. Following a great OU visit back in the spring, it felt like Brooks was going to be a Sooner. But as time went on, seemed both sides were going in different directions. You knew OU wanted another running back, and as it turns out Brooks is the guy as he shocked a lot of people by committing to the Sooners earlier this week. OU shouldn’t need anything else at the position this cycle. (No change, 11/1)
Favorite: None. Nobody needed.
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. (No change, 9/6)
Wide receiver (3-4)
Committed (3): http://www.scout.com/player/194334-charleston-rambo?s=73
Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo. This will be one to watch. Rambo just had a senior season for the history books at Cedar Hill, which is really saying something. OU is making Rambo a top priority during the contact period. Texas won’t go away. TCU won’t go away. But here we are, another month, and OU is still standing. The Sooners will have to go through it one more time with Rambo, but OU has taken other schools’ best punches so far.
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. (No change, 9/6)
College of the Canyons CC’s Marquise Brown. Brown made it official last month by committing and signing with the Sooners. He’s everything you want in terms of a juco receiver as he can make an immediate impact with his game-changing speed. Brown is a four-for-three guy, too, so he can be patient and figure out his role. Brown is No. 11 in the Scout Juco 100 and another four-star victory for the Sooners.
Favorite Lakeland (Fla.) High’s James Robinson. The Sooners gave their best shot with Robinson last weekend as he finally made that trip to Norman. Robinson has been consistent in saying he’s going to wait until signing day before making his call. Florida, Clemson and Ole Miss are in this mix, too, and now OU plays the waiting game. It could be a thing where OU keeps a spot there for him and hopes for the best Feb. 1. Florida seems like the best bet.
On the radar: None right now. Never know about behind the scenes recruiting at all-star games, but nobody stands out at the moment.
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. It was clear he was OU’s No. 1 guy at tight end the whole time. He was back at OU for the BBQ and all is well. (No change, 9/6).
Favorite: None. This is over and done with.
Interior Offensive Line (2-3)
Committed (3): 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. (No change, 9/6)
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. (No change, 9/6)
Shawnee (Okla.) High’s Creed Humphrey. OU kept another in-state product home by getting Humphrey to flip from Texas A&M to the Sooners. Humphrey is the third-ranked center in the country and grew up a huge OU fan. Once Lincoln Riley and Bill Bedenbaugh didn’t stop recruiting Humphrey, it felt like a matter of time before the switch would happen. And it did, giving OU five Scout 300 prospects from within the state. (No change, 10/3)
Favorite: None. Seems like things have finally worked themselves out in that regard. No more targets on the board. No more targets need to be on the board.
Offensive tackle (1-2)
Favorite: Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab’s Adrian Ealy. If the wish list was next week, we would already know the answer here. Ealy will announce Thursday. OU was the clear-cut favorite for several months, but it sure has seemed like things have died down between both parties. OU didn’t appear to be recruiting him hard last month, and Ealy is looking at Kansas and Arizona. Find out Thursday if it was just because OU had him locked up whole time or let him go.
Aledo (Texas) High’s Chuck Filiaga. Once again, if the list was next week, we would know where OU stands. Has a final three of OU, Michigan and Nebraska and will decide Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Michigan still seems to be the choice, according to most experts, but the Sooners did everything right and made best impression possible vs. Auburn.
Next in line: Austin (Texas) Westlake’s Stephan Zabie. He’s still around. Yea, he didn’t get to play as a senior, but Zabie is not totally forgotten. OU’s efforts with Zabie will change drastically based on what Ealy and Filiaga do in the next few days. Zabie could be a big one for OU because Sooners don’t need immediate help so a redshirt year could be what doctor ordered for all parties involved.
On the radar: Rolling with none right now but don’t be surprised if a name from left field emerges as OU looks for a home run at tackle.
Removed from last month: Jerry Drake; Gavin Holmes.