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OU's 'wish list' - Defensive end

It's time to talk defense with OU's 'wish list,' examining defensive end.

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.


Defensive end (2-3)

Committed (0)


St. Louis Lutheran North’s Ronnie Perkins. You’re going to see a lot of Missouri high school kids and see a lot of the same thing where OU has done well but would be in an even better spot if they’d visit campus. Perkins is one of those guys. The relationship is being forged with Calvin Thibodeaux, for sure, but the Sooners could extend their lead in a major way with a visit.

Overland Park (Kan.) Blue Valley North’s Miles Emery. Here’s an interesting case. When Emery visited in January for junior day, not many knew who he was. That’s not even close to being the situation now. With plenty of offers to choose from, top-ranked prospect in Kansas has his options. OU is absolutely still one of them at this moment.

Independence (Mo.) Chrisman’s Daniel Carson. You knew eventually these Missouri kids were going to blow up, and Carson has in a major way the last couple of months. Alabama offer last week cemented the fact he is no longer just a regional prospect. OU attacked incredibly early here and has made him a priority during the spring evaluation period.

Next in line

Manor (Texas) High’s Ochaun Mathis. Committed to TCU since January, Mathis was OU’s latest offer at defensive end last week. He’s listed at 6-foot-5 but reports have him already around 235 pounds instead of his listed 215. That would be huge and that would be an incredibly valid reason for OU to try making its push now with Mathis.

OKC Putnam City’s Ron Tatum. Know the story here. OU among the first offers, but Tatum committed to Texas last month. The question that always looms with in-state kids picking other schools is whether OU will keep plugging away or move on? Tatum’s skill set says stick with it, and OU should be able to formulate a plan of attack now that it knows why Texas was the original call.

On the radar

Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep’s Mayan Ahanotu. This sounds a bit arrogant to say with both Ahanotu and Upshaw, but it does feel like OU is making plans in case any of the top regional prospects decided to go elsewhere. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. Now Ahanotu could play his way into becoming a can’t-miss guy for Sooners, but believe it’s a waiting game right now.

Bradenton (Fla.) River’s Taylor Upshaw. Same here with Upshaw although his story is a little different since he did visit campus on his own dime back in February. You can see Thibodeaux starting to really get a feel of what he needs to do to recruit this spot. Can’t go after those 6-2 guys anymore, need size and length. These latest offers bring that to the table.

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