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OU's offensive 'wish list' - May

OU's offensive 'wish list' for #ST2K18 as things begin to clear up a bit during spring evaluation period.

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.

Offense

Quarterback (1)

Committed (0)

Favorite

http://www.scout.com/player/207604-adrian-martinez?s=73

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West’s Adrian Martinez. Wisdom says Martinez decommitted from California last week because he has every intention on eventually committing to Tennessee. But then Lincoln Riley came calling. OU’s offensive coordinator got in touch with Martinez last week and the offer was made. Same high school as Caleb Kelly is about the only ‘in’ OU has right now but things are progressing quickly in this one. Real quickly.

Next in line

http://www.scout.com/player/209645-justin-fields?s=73

Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison’s Justin Fields. You want a quarterback at OU, you reach for the stars. Few bigger than Fields, a borderline five-star prospect. He has been committed to Penn State for a while, but the recent scuttlebutt has Fields eventually looking at Florida State. Whether that’s true is TBD, but it does indicate he’s looking around and Riley is ready to pounce and hopeful to earn a visit.

On the radar

http://www.scout.com/player/193283-spencer-sanders?s=73

Denton (Texas) Ryan’s Spencer Sanders. The definition of an on the radar prospect. There has been nothing to suggest Sanders is listening to Riley right now. Riley followed Sanders on Twitter, but Sanders has not reciprocated that. Sanders has been committed to Oklahoma State since October so no guarantee he’s even considering seeing what OU has to offer. It’s the local choice as of this moment.

Running back (1-2)

Committed (1)

http://www.scout.com/player/198166-t-j-pledger?s=73

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.

Favorite

http://www.scout.com/player/212872-tavion-thomas?s=73

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

http://www.scout.com/player/213912-mychale-salahuddin?s=73

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)

Favorite

http://www.scout.com/player/211713-vernon-jackson?s=73

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.

Wide receiver (3)

Committed (0)

Favorite

http://www.scout.com/player/211024-treveon-johnson?s=73

Giddings (Texas) High’s Treveon Johnson. Yes, a Texas Tech commit is actually the No. 1 favorite right now in terms of OU landing a wide receiver. Had Johnson been able to visit Norman for the spring game, we might not even be having this discussion. It’s all about getting him to campus. Once that occurs, everything else should work itself out.

http://www.scout.com/player/214524-tommy-bush?s=73

Schertz (Texas) Clemens’ Tommy Bush. This is the big one. You can’t strikeout with every top receiver in the state of Texas for 2018 and Bush is easily the most realistic one for the Sooners. Bush has not been active on the visit circuit, and OU has clearly made him a top priority in terms of social media edits. OU cannot be forgotten here and is trying to make sure it will not be forgotten.

Next in line

http://www.scout.com/player/206123-joshua-moore?s=73

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG’s Joshua Moore. Go back and forth on this one. OU made his final seven yet it still doesn’t appear like a real candidate. But, running back commit T.J. Pledger has been hard at work in trying to get Moore to join him for #ST2K18. You almost wonder if OU pushed the recruitment to the max in the next couple of months, how things might turn out?

http://www.scout.com/player/211608-erik-ezukanma?s=73

Fort Worth (Texas) Timber Creek’s Erik Ezukanma. Putting him ahead of numerous other offers because believe OU could be on the fast track toward landing him if the Sooners will make that leap. It’s clear he’s interested. It’s clear OU is doing its due diligence to make sure everything makes sense and then see what happens. Seems ideal for what the Sooners like to do.

http://www.scout.com/player/208106-jaylen-waddle?s=73

Houston Bellaire Episcopal’s Jaylen Waddle. OU offered nearly 12 months ago but both sides had seemed to drift away from each other. As things have cleared up in last couple of months, sounds like things are starting to develop once again. OU doesn’t have a slot target. Waddle would be an emphatic answer to that dilemma.

On the radar

http://www.scout.com/player/205052-brennan-eagles?s=73

Houston Alief Taylor’s Brennan Eagles and Manvel (Texas) High’s Jalen Preston. Eagles and Preston are in the same boat right now. Two incredibly gifted receivers who have already seen OU and seemingly have the Sooners slowly dropping down their lists. OU is in play for both but not even close to the favorite of either.

http://www.scout.com/player/215213-kundarrius-taylor?s=73

Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway’s Kundarrius Taylor. A curious one, especially since Taylor made a trip to OU on his own dime already. Taylor doesn’t have the rankings love some OU fans would like to see, but it’s clear the interest is legit. Perhaps the spring evaluation period will give a better understanding of exactly where both sides stand.

http://www.scout.com/player/206263-drake-stoops?s=73

Norman (Okla.) North’s Drake Stoops. Really? Maybe? When you examine OU’s offers at slot receiver, there isn’t a standout in that bunch or one Sooners fans should feel confident in. So maybe, just maybe, you stay home and look at Stoops. He’s a quality prospect based on merit alone and is someone who should see more attention this spring. Is that enough to push him into the mix? We shall see.

Tight end (1)

Committed (0)

Favorite

None.

Next in line

http://www.scout.com/player/209989-kyle-pitts?s=73

Warminster (Pa.) Wood’s Kyle Pitts. Really scrambling here, to be honest. Brevin Jordan is committed to Miami. Luke Ford is committed to Arkansas. Mustapha Muhammad doesn’t feel like a legit player in this race. Pitts is lurking. OU made his top eight and just sort of hoping from that point on. The longer it goes, maybe the better since he’s offered by a lot of familiar regional names.

Interior Offensive Lineman (1)

Committed (0)

Favorite

http://www.scout.com/player/204620-curtis-dunlap?s=73

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy’s Curtis Dunlap. There is a huge obstacle to overcome in this one, but OU has been right there for Dunlap for so long. He has made it clear he wants a degree in oceanography, which obviously is not something OU can offer being smack dab in the middle of the country. If there is some sort of compromise there, Dunlap has been a major OU recruit for nearly two full years.

http://www.scout.com/player/206701-penei-sewell?s=73

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.

Next in line

http://www.scout.com/player/198618-marcus-jenkins?s=73

Montgomery (Ala.) Park Crossing’s Marcus “Tank” Jenkins. Absolutely just basing this off of social media with the way OU commit Patrick Fields has tried to persuade Jenkins. OU only needs one interior guy so it’s not crucial to have him locked down in May. Bill Bedenbaugh could poke around during this month and see if it’s worth pursuing.

On the radar

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

Bixby (Okla.) High’s Bryce Bray. Will he be the next Creed Humphrey by flipping to OU? That’s the question right now. Bray surprised some by committing to Oklahoma State last month when he had grown up an OU fan. Bedenbaugh could elect to move on or could double-down his efforts and try even harder. That’s what we should be able to learn by the end of this month.

Offensive tackle (3)

Committed (1)

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

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.

Favorite

http://www.scout.com/player/200652-darrell-simpson?s=73

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.

http://www.scout.com/player/214934-anthony-mckinney?s=73

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

http://www.scout.com/player/201198-reuben-unije?s=73

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.

http://www.scout.com/player/213271-cameron-wire?s=73

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

None.


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