Thursday, February 14, 2013
Roundtable: OU's priority in 2014
By SoonerNation staff
Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.
Which position should be the Sooners' priority for the Class of 2014?
Class of 2014 offensive tackle Ty Barrett is one of the Sooners' top targets.
• At the moment, the Sooners have one true inside linebacker on the roster: Frank Shannon. If OU is serious about exploring the 3-4 defense, landing some impact inside linebackers must be a priority. The Sooners had one of those guys in this most recent class, but four-star ILB Jordan Mastrogiovanni switched his commitment to Texas A&M a month before signing day. The Sooners have already made offers to four 2014 inside linebackers. Expect more as OU tries to firm up the thinnest position on the roster.
- Jake Trotter
• The Sooners should start with the interior of their offensive line. Ty Darlington should be a solid contributor as a sophomore center but how many known young commodities remain after Darlington? Nila Kasitati has shown signs of being a contributor when healthy but the Sooners need to bring in two or three quality interior linemen in this class. OU has quality young players at the skill positions but it won't mean much if they don't have a quality offensive line to match.
- Brandon Chatmon
• You can never have too many good offensive tackles. And after the Class of 2013, we learned you can never offer too many. The Sooners offered more than 30 tackles and really only came up with one big hit in Houston Stratford's Christian Daimler in terms of high school prospects. You want to allure top quarterbacks and running backs to campus? Better have a line that can keep the guys healthy. With a new offensive line coach coming to town, no time for a grace period. And with targets like Watch List offer Ty Barrett (Dallas/Skyline) out there, the new coach better be hitting the ground running and doing whatever he can to land a couple of big-time prospects.
- Bob Przybylo