The Class of 2017 is already taking center stage and we aren't even a month removed from National Signing Day. With that in mind, we thought it might be fun to take a stab at just who might be a part of the Sooners class of 2017. While this list will undoubtedly change between now and then, as new prospects will emerge and players will commit (and sadly possible de-commitments). So take this list with a grain of salt.
Quaterback - 1
Other Offers: Houston, TCU, OKState
Running Back - 2
Other Offers: ASU, Ark, Baylor, Cal, Duke, Houston, OKState, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, A&M, Notre Dame,
Other Offers: Tennessee, La Tech, Tulane
Wide Receiver - 3
Other Offers: Houston, Illinois, Kansas, OKState
Other Offers: ASU, Ark, BYU, Colorado, Houston, Miami, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, SMU, Tennessee, TTech, UVA, Washington
Other Offers: ASU, Colorado, Houston, Ole Miss, Mizzou, OKState, TCU, A&M, UCLA, Utah, Washington
Offensive Line - 4
Other Offers: Ark, Auburn, Baylor, Michigan, Ole Miss, OKState, TCU, Texas, TTech, UCLA
Other Offers: ASU, Mizzou, OKState, SMU, UCLA
Other Offers: Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa State.
Other Offers: Bama, ASU, Baylor, Colorado, Houston, KSU, LSU, MIzzou, Texas, UCLA
Other Offers: OKState, Tulsa
Defensive Line - 3
Other Offers: Iowa State, Mizzou, OKState, Tennessee, A&M, Vandy.
Other Offers: Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, SMU, Texas, TTech, Tulsa, Tulane
A Defensive Tackle Not Yet Having an Offer
I will admit this is kind of a flyer as the Sooners are currently without a defensive line coach.
Linebacker - 4
Other Offers: Bama, ASU, Clemson, FSU, Houston, Illinois, Mizzou, OKState, Stanford, Vandy, Washington
Other Offers: Bama, Auburn, Baylor, UF, Michigan, ND, Ohio State, Penn St, Texas, A&M, UCLA, USC, VTech, Ark, Clemson, UGA, LSU, Miami, Mich St., Ole Miss, Mizzou, Nebraska, TCU, Tennessee, WVU (and many more)
Hines will be a fight with Baylor, but I just can't see him anywhere other than OU.
Other Offers: Bama, Arkansas, Baylor, Cal, Duke, UF, FSU, UGA, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, ND, Notre Dame, Ohio State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, A&M, TCU, UCLA
Browning recently de-committed from Baylor. I expect this to be a battle between the Sooners and Longhorns.
Other Offers: Cal, Hawaii, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oregon State, Pitt, Tennessee, Vandy, Wazzu
Gumbs recently picked up a Sooner offer.
Defensive Back - 5
Other Offers: Bama, ASU, Ark, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, UF, FSU, UGA, Iowa, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Mich. St., Ole Miss, Mizzou, ND, Ohio State, Stanford, TCU, Texas, A&M, UCLA, USC
Other Offers: Bama, Baylor, BC, Duke, Iowa, Mizzou, Nebraska, Ohio State, OKState, Texas, TTech,
Barnes is easily the most committed player the Sooners have in the class of 2017.
Other Offers: Bama, Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Miss St., Nebraska, SCar, Tennessee, USC, VTech, WVU
It's weird to say it, but the Sooners are the heavy favorite for a player that is from Miami, FL.
Other Offers: ASU, Houston, ISU, KSU, Louisville, Nebraska, SCar, Tennessee, Tulsa
Brown could easily be OU's next commitment
Other Offers: Ark, Auburn, Houston, Indiana, Iowa State, KSU, Ole Miss, Mizzou, Nebraska, SMU, Texas A&M, Tennessee.
Not only do I expect Broiles ranking to skyrocket, I expect him to be a Sooner.
Athlete - 2
Other Offers: ASU, Houston, OKState, SMU, TCU
Paul is really high on the Sooners.
Other Offers: Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Tennessee, Toledo
While the Sooners haven't offered yet, I expect it to come soon. Robinson's recruitment is taking off.
Here are a couple of thoughts on this way too early list.
1. As of now, I don't have a good read on who would fit as a 3-4 defensive end in this class. While both Thomas and Brown are more than capable players, they will need to gain approximately 40 pounds to play in the Sooners 3-4 defense.
2. The turnover at defensive line coach has hurt OU's recruitment of defensive lineman. They will need to land a nose tackle in this class, and as of now I have no idea who that will be. Whoever is OU's next defensive line coach will have his work cut out to develop a relationships with a player a player to fill the need at nose tackle.
3. This class has the potential to right many of the perceived wrongs in the state of Texas. The Sooners already have commits from 4 players in the state of Texas and are the betting favorites for Anthony Hines, Charleston Rambo, and Roshauud Paul. They are definitely at or near the top for Omar Manning, Earnest Brown, JK Dobbins, and Baron Browning. They have a punchers chances at Jeff Okudah and Edward Ingram. That is 10 players from the state of Texas alone.
4. The 2017 class in Oklahoma is strong. The Sooners could easily land 6 players from state in Levi Draper, Justin Broiles, Isaiah Thomas, Tre Brown, Nick Robinson (no OU offer yet), and OL Adrian Wolford (no OU offer yet).