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.
Offensive tackle (3)
Moore (Okla.) Southmoore’s Brey Walker. If there’s one commit OU fans will never to worry about, it’s Walker. Committed for nearly 18 months at this point, he’s the foundation of this class and that is never going to change. Walker doesn’t have a loud personality, but he’s trying to help OU’s cause on the recruiting trail a bit more. Ranked the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.
Justin (Texas) Northwest’s Darrell Simpson. Bill Bedenbaugh has done an extraordinary job in this recruitment so far. It’s going to be about closing the show. Simpson released a top eight two weeks ago with OU in the hunt. OU hasn’t offered an offensive tackle in a long time with many believing it’s because the Sooners have put in the work with Simpson.
Council Bluffs (Iowa) Iowa Western’s Anthony McKinney. Not sure how many junior college targets OU will pursue for the class, but McKinney is definitely that. OU is loaded at the offensive line but not so much at offensive tackle. McKinney was among OU’s first offers in the class, and his official visit is set for the first weekend of June. We’ll know a lot more after that.
Next in line
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Reuben Unije. It’s a credit to what Bedenbaugh has been able to do that maybe there’s no room for Unije. The key here is to not get too cocky that you forget about someone as talented as Unije in case something falls apart elsewhere. OU is trying hard to get into IMG and this could be the year OU fully capitalizes on that.
St. George (Utah) Desert Hills’ Penei Sewell. Always been there on the peripheral, but he’s coming into full focus with news of Sewell visiting OU this month. OU hasn’t been able to make a real dent with top talents from Utah in recent years, but it’s never a bad sign when you’re able to get a Scout 100 prospect to visit outside of an official trip.
Gonzales (La.) East Ascension’s Cameron Wire. From the same school as OU signee Adrian Ealy, it’s a waiting game right now. Not sure where he stands in the pecking order with what Bedenbaugh has been able to do with other top targets. He is someone who is only getting better so definitely one to keep tabs on heading into his senior season.
On the radar