First we will take a look at a few players that Oklahoma has already been involved with and then we will take a look at some top players who are still on the recruiting market.
1. Rueben Randle (6-3, 195)
Bastrop High's Randle has to be even more interested in the Sooners now that there is an even better opportunity to play early. With the departures of Juaquin Iglesias and Manuel Johnson he could come right in and make a push for a starting spot. We received some intel yesterday that OU is making up ground with Randle and they are currently in his top two alongside LSU.
2. Tyrece Gaines (6-3, 210)
It seems like the Sooners could have already landed this prospect if they wanted. He was all set to commit to OU heading in to his official visit, but the brakes seemed like they were slammed on. He has also taken visits to Ole Miss and Oregon and has said that he was closing in on a decision a few times. The delay only makes us wonder if things are checking out academically, but that is just speculation…
3. Cobi Hamilton (6-3, 198)
Texas High's Hamilton is a name that is new to the OU scene, but he is starting to gain more and more attention on the national level. He has talked about taking an official visit to OU on the the 23rd of January and the Sooners have indicated that they could be on the verge of offering a scholarship. Could the Ward news force the staff's hands on an offer to Hamilton?
4. Jheranie Boyd (6-3, 185)
Ashbrook High's Boyd was a hot name earlier in the year when he dropped in for an official visit to OU. The Sooners vaulted up his list after the visit and finished a close second behind North Carolina when he announced his commitment. Boyd has kept in contact with the OU staff and there has been some talk that he will open things back up and take a visit to Oregon.
5. Je'Ron Stokes (6-0, 175)
Northeast High's Stokes is playing he recruiting process close to the vest, but all indications in San Antonio were that he will likely end up at Florida or sticking with Tennessee. Could the new slot opening at OU make the Sooners more appealing, or are things closed up for the talented four-star?
6. Uzoma Nwachukwu (6-0, 185)
Allen High's Nwachukwu strongly considered the Sooners before committing to the Aggies. A&M has been extremely worried the entire time since his commitment that he could back out and pledge for OU. Now that there is an opening will the talks start again? Nwachukwu is as talented and a very similar player to Ward.
Now SI will take a look at some players who we have tracked this year that OU could take a renewed interest in now that there is space. (This is our list for speculation purposes and in no way reflects interest from OU).
1. Dewayne Peace (6-0, 180)
South Grand Prairie High's Peace is one of the slickest receivers in Texas and made an early commitment to Michigan. After the wheels fell off in Ann Arbor he opened his process back up. He had a strong showing at Oklahoma's summer camp and the Sooners seemed to be at least thinking about offering him at that juncture. Would he be interested if OU comes back around?
2. Kraig Appleton (6-2, 200)
East St. Louis High's Appleton is considered as one of the best in the Midwest. He has been committed to Illinois, but the talk is that he is still looking around. The Wisconsin Badger are supposedly making a strong move, but if OU were to get involved would he be interested in playing for the top scoring college offense of all time?
3. Terdema Ussery (6-4, 195)
St. Mark's Ussery is considered by many as the top receiver in the "Lone Star State". Oklahoma showed an early interest in the big outside receiver prospect and he seemed interested in OU. Could one side reach out to the other and a late visit be added to Ussery's schedule?
4. Pat Patterson (6-2, 200)
Noxubee County High in Miss., is home to one of the top receivers in the country, Pat Patterson. He proved his worth during the week of the U.S. Army Bowl and he should be ranked right alongside the best. If I am a coach at a major university I am in the school this afternoon trying to convince him why he should be visiting my university instead of Southern Miss this weekend. However to our knowledge he has had no prior relationship with OU.
5. Skyler Scott (6-3, 175)
Lancaster High's Scott reports close to 30 scholarship offers. That is enough to grab my attention. While his highlight film is not readily available people have been saying all year that this kid is the real deal.
6. Ja-Mes Logan (6-3, 185)
Westfield High's Logan admitted that Oklahoma was his favorite school, but the Sooners did not extend a scholarship offer. He currently lists Missouri at the top of his list and still has visits planned to Ole Miss and Arizona. If the Sooner want him to take a visit it is likely that Logan would comply.