Recruiting Update: 1-12-17


The dead period is officially over, and it will be an all-out dash for many teams to fill up their 2017 class. As for Oklahoma, the Sooners started off hot and carried that recruiting momentum into the season, but there is still work to be done. Here is the latest information on Oklahoma’s remaining targets:

Offensive Line

4* OT, Stephan Zabie (Westlake, Texas)

Oklahoma is the overwhelming favorite here. Rivals, 247, and Scout all report as such and seem to believe that his relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh will go a long way in his decision. 

No inside information here, but all signs point to him being a Sooner. 

Defensive Line

3* DT/DE, Corey Bethley (Katy, Texas)

With one of the quietest recruitments in some time, Bethley finally made some noise this morning by releasing his final three. TCU, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma made it, and each should expect an official visit from the Katy (TX) product. Bethley may be leaning towards the Aggies, but if Oklahoma can make a push on his official visit, I would not be surprised if they land the versatile defensive lineman. 

4* DE, Taquon Graham (Temple, Texas)

When the transition from Charlie Strong to Tom Herman took place at Texas, I began to hear rumbles that Oklahoma could be a huge player in his recruitment. From a source close to the situation, I was told that Oklahoma and Coach Thibodeaux made enough moves to get him in for an official visit. This was about a month and a half ago. 

Fast forward to January, and it appears that Graham will in fact make the trip up to Norman. The exact date has not been specified quite yet, but the talented defensive end is looking to take that visit in the next three weeks. 

3* DE, Austin Faoliu (Santa Ana, California)

Faoliu has told me that he does in fact plan to visit Oklahoma this weekend. However, the weather this weekend will decide if he makes the trip. If he is unable to make it, he will reschedule his visit for another weekend. I get the feel from Faoliu that he is Oklahoma’s to lose, and they will get their best shot at him this weekend (pending weather) before he makes his announcement on January 21st during the Polynesian Bowl.

(Update after this post was made: It is being reported that he will not take his OV to Ole Miss on the 27th)

3* DT/DE, Joshua Rogers (Houston, Texas)

Joshua Rogers officially visited Oklahoma for Bedlam. From all accounts, the visit went well but it did not produce a commitment from the Houston product like I expected. While Oklahoma is still considered a leader here, the numbers along the defensive line could be a factor into the situation. Rogers will have a busy January as he will use 3 of his last 4 official visits to Houston, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.

Oklahoma is still in a great spot, but the staff will be in a fight to win Rogers signature on NSD.

5* DT, Marvin Wilson (Houston, Texas)

As you probably already know, Oklahoma made Wilson’s final list of schools. That said, Oklahoma is still trailing Ohio State, LSU, and Florida State who have a substantial lead. Is there a chance the Sooners land the #1 DT in the country? Sure. Stranger things have happened. At the same time, don’t hold your breath.


4* ILB, Jacob Phillips – Oklahoma Commit

Although he is committed to Oklahoma, the LSU Tigers have become a serious player in Jacob Phillips’ recruitment. Phillips is expected to unofficially visit Baton Rouge on January 20th, and you can expect Ed Orgeron to make it feel like an official visit. Oklahoma still holds Phillips’ verbal commitment, but that could soon change if he in fact makes that visit to LSU.

4* ILB, Tyler Taylor (Buford, Georgia)

While Oklahoma is struggling to keep Jacob Phillips, they are winning with another 4-star ILB in Tyler Taylor. The Oklahoma coaching staff is in town to visit Taylor today, and they’ll need to make the most of their time with talented linebacker as Georgia, LSU, and Auburn are also in contention for his signature. 

This will be something to watch as NSD approaches, especially if Jacob Phillips flips to LSU. 

Defensive Backs

3* CB, Samuel Barnes (Richmond, Texas)

News broke Monday that the Sooners were out for Fresno Cornerback, Jaylon Johnson, per the guys over at TFB. A day later, the Sooners look to be interested in 3-star corner, Samuel Barnes. Barnes recently received an offer from the Oregon Ducks. Both the Ducks and the Sooners would be at the top of Barnes list. 

4* CB, Latavious Brini (Haileah, Florida)

Brini officially visited Oklahoma back in November. The Sooners impressed him, but not enough to put themselves ahead of Miami. That hasn’t changed. The Sooners are #2 in his recruitment, and are far behind The U. 

3* CB, Trey Creamer (Cartersville, Georgia)- Minnesota Commit

Creamer hinted at looking towards the Sooners last week. Nothing of substance yet, but some say that Oklahoma may bring him in for an official visit. 

3* Safety, Evan Fields (Midwest City, Oklahoma)

The Sooners have yet to offer the talented in-state product, Evan Fields, but an offer could come any day now. Oklahoma will need to decide soon whether or not to extend an offer as Fields is set to officially visit both UCLA and Notre Dame this month.

4* DB, Brad Stewart (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Awhile back, Stewart released his final six and Oklahoma was in it. At that time, he told me that he planned on taking an official visit. I haven’t heard if that visit has been set up, but he has visited Norman before and does have interest. It is known that he is a major Florida lean, but if he and Oklahoma mutually choose to bring him in for an official visit, the Sooners may jump into contention for Stewart’s signature on NSD.

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