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.
Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High’s Miguel Edwards. Sometimes the pieces fit. Edwards has developed an incredible bond with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks, and it was just about getting him to Norman. Mission accomplished last month, and OU earned a major commitment from the state of Florida that helped turn the tide for the class in a positive way.
Houston Cypress Falls’ Starrland Baldwin. Once OU offered at the February junior day, the countdown was on. He is Cooks’ guy personified. Not too big, incredibly fast, incredibly twitchy. Speed for days and long arms. Perfect match for what OU is doing. The Sooners were his first major offer, and Baldwin never forgot and made it official this week.
Detroit Cass Tech’s Kalon Gervin. Committed to Notre Dame since February, he decommitted last weekend. Cooks never left Gervin so give him a lot of credit in that regard. This has been a major target for Cooks for a long time, dating back to last summer. OU is sitting strong here and could wrap this up with a summer visit.
Next in line
Washington D.C. Woodson’s Noah Boykin. OU likes this high school, same one as Parnell Motley. But Boykin has blown up nationally, making it a bit harder than it was when the offer was first made. Boykin’s priorities will be worth watching. Proximity to home? Playing time? Tradition? What is going to stand out for him?
Lewisville (Texas) Hebron’s Verone McKinley. OU has been knocking the door with McKinley for nearly two full calendar years. But it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. Maybe OU was hoping McKinley would grow a bit or add more length to his frame, but it hasn’t actually occurred. OU is there, but Texas A&M feels like the winner.
On the radar
Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West’s Mario Goodrich and Louisville (Kent.) Waggener Trad’s Jairus Brents. Put them both here because just not sure where things stand. Goodrich is a big Nebraska lean, but Missouri kids go to OU often. Brents is from Kentucky, which is never a stop for OU in recruiting so see if that makes a difference. Firmly on the radar guys.