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 2015.
Here is an idea of where OU stands in July. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2015. The names in no way reflect OU’s official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.
With it only being the summer, all of these are with offered prospects. Later in the cycle we’ll return to guessing who might deserve an offer down the road.
Committed (2): Dallas South Oak Cliff’s Jamile Johnson. Last month there were still some questions about how firm his commitment was toward OU. But Johnson has been pretty adamant and vocal right now that he believes OU is the right choice for him and for where he wants to be. Offered in October, his pledge came as a bit of a surprise on Valentine’s Day.
Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson’s P.J. Mbanasor. This was a big one to secure for the Sooners because it felt like OU was in the lead for so long. Now instead of waiting through a long process and hoping it’s still on top, OU can relax. Mbanasor is a huge addition to the class and an example of OU being able to close the show. All it took was his parents to see the campus and agree with what Mbanasor was already thinking.
Favorite: None. With two cornerbacks already in the fold, OU can be a little more patient and wait for when it’s right to attack.
Next in line: San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills’ Dechaun Holiday. The question here is one we’ve seen pop up numerous times. When trying to take a kid far away from home, how much of an impact can you make before a visit is necessary? No question Holiday likes OU, but also he hasn’t even been close to setting up a visit. Time will tell on this one and schools on the west coast, especially UCLA, continue to turn up the heat.
On the radar: Ykili Ross and Iman Marshall. Lumping these guys together because they’re talking nicely about OU with nothing set yet. OU is now a player for Cali kids because of the recent success, but it’s still too early to say OU has a great shot with any of them. And it’s too early to say OU is a lost cause for any of them as well.
Gilmer (Texas) High’s Kris Boyd. Feels like you can include Boyd and Jaylon Lane in the same vein as the Cali kids. It’s clear they have OU interest, but no way anybody could say the Sooners are going to get either one of them. Lane is also already committed to Oklahoma State.