We aren't even 24 hours removed from the class of 2016 and already the focus has shifted to 2017. The Sooners are off to an incredible start, as they have already secured 5 commitments (all but one from the state of Texas) that have a 4-Star ranking. I look for the class of 2017 to have somewhere around 23 commitments before its all said and done. So who might be on that list. Lets take a look.
Current Commits - 5
Before we go any further, let me just say that this is an incredible start. While the Sooners will definitely have a fight on their hands to keep Tyrese Robinson, this group sets a foundation and gives the Sooners a ton of momentum moving forward
This list will be players that I believe the Sooners have a realistic shot at. I will not include a group of national players that offer lists from all over, as I don't believe that they are realistic targets for the Sooners going forward.
Okudah is SO good. His offer list is extensive, and I believe that the Sooners have a really good chance. They will have a fight on their hands with Ohio State and Baylor
Wilson is a generational talent from the Houston area. He is the #1 overall recruit in the nation. As of today it will be hard to beat LSU, but I believe without a doubt the Sooners have a really good chance.
The Sooners will have some stiff competition for Garrett, but Bishop Gorman High School has been very kind to them.
Browning is a perfect fit for what the Sooners do at outside linebacker. Even though he is a Baylor commit, the interest is OU is definitely growing.
If you could call any team a leader at this point, it would the Sooners. I think the Bears could make this interesting, but it wouldn't shock me for him to be an early Sooner commit.
The Sooners were in on Reed early, but beating out Texas and A&M will probably be difficult.
Manning will probably be A&M's to lose, but with any recruit that is leaning to Texas or Texas A&M is definitely on the table with the uncertainty surrounding both Sumlin and Strong.
Dobbins should be an OU/UT battle and its a battle I believe the Sooners can win.
Brown stars for Tulsa Union High School. He doesn't have an OU offer yet, but I would expect he will eventually get one. This is a battle the Sooners can win, assuming they don't wait too long to offer.
Calloway is quite possibly locked into Baylor, but the Sooners are definitely in the mix.
I think Adebo could excel either DB or WR. I also think the Sooners have a really good shot at him
Tylan's recruitment may be directly tied to his twin brother, who was injured last season. It might get tricky for OU if both desire to play together at the next level.
No OU offer as of yet, but I would expect him to get one soon.
Wolford is an instate mauler, who I think has elite interior offensive line potential. He doesn't have an OU offer, but I expect it to happen at some point. Wolford is a really good player.
Boyd doesn't have an OU offer yet, but the Sooners have definite interest.
No OU offer for white as of yet, but his recruitment is taking off
Hocker is in a similar situation to Boyd and White although he will probably have to wait longer for a Sooner offer, but it wouldn't shock me to see him pick one up eventually.
Riko doesn't have an OU offer yet, but I think he gets one in time.
While this list is nowhere complete, I believe that as of today the Sooners would be betting favorites for
Charleston Rambo, Anthony Hines, Tre Brown, Paulson Adebo, Tylan Wallace, and Adrian Wolford,
I believe they have a realistic shot at:
Marvin Wilson, Jeffrey Okudah, Omar and Baron Browing
I also firmly believe that the Sooners 2017 class truly has the chance to be special.