Print and Go Back Oklahoma Sooners [Print without images]

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:

1. ATH Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East)
6-foot, 170 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 22

Solomon Thomas
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.

2. S Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron)
6-0, 199
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 23

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.

3. DE Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas)
6-3, 265
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 30

Why they want him: OU has pursued Thomas since the end of his freshman season. He’s a force at defensive end and has seen the campus several times.

Who else wants him: Texas, Stanford, Ohio State and UCLA stand out, but Thomas has so many offers and hasn’t begun to narrow it down.

Odds they get him: 25 percent. Still a long ways from happening, but it’s an encouraging sign Thomas keeps making return trips to OU every single year.

4. WR K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant)
5-10, 163
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 58

Why they want him: Because Cannon might be the most explosive wide receiver in the class. His coming out party was at OU’s camp last summer.

Who else wants him: Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M look like the real contenders but a lot of schools are in hot pursuit.

Odds they get him: 25 percent. OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell has made a big impression with Cannon and stayed on him for the last year. That still might not be enough.

5. CB Tyler Whiley (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chapparal)
6-0, 187
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 71

Why they want him: The Arizona high school class is looking solid this year, and Whiley is just one of several ones the Sooners are targeting.

Who else wants him: Arizona and Arizona State top the list that grows with each day.

Odds they get him: 40 percent. OU looks in good shape. Whiley has said he really likes the Sooners and said he’s definitely going to take an official visit in the fall.

6. WR Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas)
6-2, 176
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 75

Why they want him: There can never be a shortage of top receivers, especially one who is a nice blend of speed and size as Holmes.

Who else wants him: SEC schools are hot in pursuit, and he’s already visited Notre Dame and will visit Syracuse this weekend.

Odds they get him: 33 percent. Too early to tell, but it’s a great early sign OU was able to get Holmes on campus for the spring game and get to know Norvell in person.

7. QB Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe)
6-3, 200
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 94

Committed: 100 percent. Hansen is 100 percent committed to the Sooners after pledging to OU coaches Josh Heupel and Bob Stoops on Saturday morning.

Justice Hansen
Quarterback Justice Hansen is the Sooners' only commit in the ESPN 150.
8. WR Armanti Foreman (Texas City, Texas/Texas City)
5-11, 175
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 115

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.

10. RB Nathan Starks (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
5-11, 200
ESPN 150 Rank: No. 142

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.