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OU's state of the class: Offense
It’s the dog days of summer as Oklahoma coaches attempt to take it easy for the only time of year before things get heated up again next month. With that said, not too much is happening for the Sooners on the recruiting trail. It’s more a case of what’s to come in the future compared to what’s going on now. Following a two-week vacation/wedding/honeymoon, I returned to Sooners Illustrated this week, and we’ll take a look at how things have changed in three weeks with each position for the Class of 2015. Quarterback Nothing too new here. It’s obvious OU is going all-in with Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage five-star prospect Torrance Gibson. The other schools in Gibson’s list all have quarterback commits, and it feels like a longer wait can only help the Sooners. No doubt it won’t be easy to beat Auburn or Tennessee for Gibson, but OU’s willingness to be patient and just see how things go should let Gibson know he has a home in Norman if he wants one. All positive things go out the window if Gibson never takes an official visit, but it seems like OU should get one in the fall. Running back OU is still locked in with Katy (Texas) High commit Rodney Anderson. Don’t see that changing anytime soon or anytime at all with the way his recruitment shook out. The question now is if one is enough, and we’ll find out soon enough. Four months ago it sure looked like Plano (Texas) West running back Soso Jamabo was the guy. But a couple of things have happened, including Anderson’s commitment. Baylor and Oregon and Notre Dame are going to be in the mix for Jamabo, and there’s no telling what the decommitment of Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko has meant consider Wariboko and Jamabo are cousins. One source close to Wariboko’s recruitment said he didn’t appreciate how much OU was leaning on him to recruit Jamabo to Norman. Jamabo isn’t a necessity, but nobody would complain if he wanted to come along and join Anderson with OU. Wide receiver Things feel like they’re starting to clear up here. OU lost out on Alex Ofodile (Oregon) and didn’t make a move for Moore (Okla.) Westmoore’s Dahu Green (Louisville). The way it stands it appears OU wants two slot receivers and that number could dwindle down to one here very soon. Clear Falls (Texas) League City’s John Humphrey has all but said he will commit to the Sooners once he visits in less than two weeks. The only issue will be making sure Humphrey makes it to campus since it’s not an easy trip to make. Humphrey has speed to burn and is no doubt high with OU and wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Once a Baylor commit, Humphrey has been all about the Sooners the last month. Included in that was a stop to OU’s satellite camp in the Houston area. The other goal remains Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome, who put OU in his final five three weeks ago. With an official visit locked down for Baylor weekend, Sooners know exactly where they stand there. Tight end Does it get any simpler than this? Right now it’s Olathe (Kan.) North prospect Josh Moore or bust. No other offered tight end is even in the picture. Either they’re already committed or have made it clear like Will Gragg did this week that OU is not in his final group. The race for Moore won’t be easy, but OU has a long relationship with him sparked by a great unofficial visit to campus the first week of June. The Sooners easily made his top six two weeks ago, and he should return to campus for an official visit this fall. Offensive linemen One of the more puzzling things about OU’s recruiting has been the lack of huge success in this area considering just how hard offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has worked since arriving to Norman last spring. This week saw a couple of targets off the board as Herriman (Utah) High prospect Andre James chose UCLA and Many (La.) High recruit Garrett Thomas picked Texas. OU could never get James to campus, while one visit to campus proved to not be enough for the Sooners with Thomas. OU sits with two commits right now with a likelihood of 5-6 before it’s all said and done. And No. 3 could definitely happen before this time next week. East Mississippi CC tackle Jamal Danley is set to visit OU on Monday, and all indications are he’ll be ready to decide pretty soon after that trip. Danley has been talking up the Sooners for a couple of months now, and East Mississippi is the home of former OU receiver LaColtan Bester. Sticking in the junior college ranks and in Mississippi, lineman Martinas Rankin said earlier this week he will take an official visit to OU in the fall as well. Not sure the Sooners get both, but there’s reason to believe at least one will come to Norman. There’s no reason to panic whatsoever, though, is Bedenbaugh’s track record speaks for itself. And watch out for Arlington (Texas) Bowie’s Madison Akamnonu. With his father graduating from OU, there is a direct link. And with Thomas going to Texas, that might open the door for Akamnonu to come to the Sooners as most believe it’s between OU and Texas right now. A return visit to Norman would absolutely help clear things up as well. OU has also made a big push for TCU commit Cody Ford. It seemed a couple of weeks ago that a flip would be imminent, but it now seems like Ford might wait a while and see all of the options he has.
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