Tavion Thomas (Scout)

OU's 'wish list' - Running back

OU's offensive 'wish list' continues, taking a look at running back for #ST2K18.

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 2018, #SavageTeam2K18.

Here is an idea of where OU stands heading into May. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2018. The names do not necessarily reflect OU’s official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.


Running back (1-2)

Committed (1)


Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s T.J. Pledger. The Sooners landed their No. 1 choice and what a choice Pledger is. A second unofficial visit to Norman sealed the deal when Pledger and his family saw the campus in late-March. Pledger, after initially being quiet on social media, is starting to perk up and recruit for the Sooners. He’s locked in. Now he needs some quality players to join him.



Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar’s Tavion Thomas. Where did this come from? It’s what a lot of OU fans are asking right now. OU offered a couple of weeks ago and made his top 10 last week. The Sooners are going as all-in as you can right now for Thomas. Despite saying no order, his list made it seem like OU is No. 3 right now, behind Ohio State and Wisconsin. He’s a big back, no doubt about that.

Next in line


Washington D.C. Woodson’s Mychale Salahuddin. Here’s an interesting one. When OU made the offer in the winter, felt like a strong chance. But after getting Pledger, OU backed off a bit. Now as it seems like OU wants a second back, interest is picking up again and OU is trying to hit Woodson for Salahuddin and cornerback Noah Boykin and same school as Parnell Motley. USC is clear team to beat right now.

Fullback/H-Back (0-1)

Committed (0)



Boling (Texas) High’s Vernon Jackson. Something feels off about this one. Not sure that OU necessarily needs another H-Back after landing Jeremiah Hall for the 2017 class. Jackson does favor offense, which puts the Sooners in the hunt. But it just appears like this is one OU will miss out on, and that might be OK for this class.

Next in line

None. Interesting position to watch because, again, not sure the necessity is there.

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