Thursday, April 18, 2013
ESPN 150 targets: Oklahoma
By Bob Przybylo
The first ESPN 150 has been released with one of Oklahoma’s four commits making the cut in Under Armour All-American Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).
That doesn’t mean it’s a weak class for the Sooners as the list is peppered with top targets. Adding some of these 10 prospects -- listed from highest to lowest rank -- would be a great way to get OU back up in the recruiting rankings:
Solomon Thomas is the fifth-ranked defensive end in the first edition of the 2014 ESPN 150.
Why they want him: Quick could be one of the five best wide receivers in the class or one of the five best cornerbacks in the class. Simply put, that’s a talent you cannot pass up.
Who else wants him: Oregon, USC, Notre Dame and Alabama are all in the mix. Quick is coming off a visit to Notre Dame last weekend.
Odds they get him: 33 percent. It’s not a longshot, but it would really say something about OU’s reputation in California if it can lure Quick to Norman. Fresno Central East has been kind to the Sooners as four-star defensive backs L.J. Moore and Hatari Byrd both signed with OU for the 2013 class.
Why they want him: Adams has cemented himself as one of the best safeties in the class with dominating camp performances this spring. OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has liked Adams for a long time.
Who else wants him: Texas, Texas A&M, Florida, among numerous others. Adams is in no rush, planning to make his decision in January.
Odds they get him: 20 percent. Not looking too good. OU was able to get Adams on campus for a spring practice, but it feels like OU is in the top bunch but not the top choice for Adams.
Why they want him: OU already “had” him as Foreman committed in October before opening things back up last month so he can keep looking around.
Who else wants him: Texas, Texas A&M and Florida lead the early group.
Odds they get him: 15 percent. Until he sees OU’s campus, none. Foreman has seen A&M and Texas multiple times in last two months. He has not yet visited OU. Any school that offers his brother, D’Onta, is going to have a good chance, too.
9. OL Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./South) 6-6, 285 ESPN 150 Rank: No. 118
Why they want him: OU targeted Smith incredibly early and had him at its junior day when Smith was a sophomore.
Who else wants him: Smith is very quiet about the recruiting process, but he has an offer list of a who’s who in college football.
Odds they get him: 15 percent. The Sooners are in the race but are nowhere near being called a leader. Things should pick up during his senior season.
Why they want him: Explosive talent from a school OU has had success with before has made this a natural fit for the Sooners.
Who else wants him: USC, Notre Dame and Arizona stand out now and visited the Irish last weekend.
Odds they get him: 40 percent. Nobody has a better relationship with Starks than OU running backs coach Cale Gundy. Sometimes that doesn’t matter, though, as it’s going to be tough for the Sooners to get him on campus for anything but an official visit.