Can Oklahoma repeat its 2014 recruiting success for 2015?
The grind of the recruiting trail is a non-stop process for college football programs across the nation.
That means there was little time for the Oklahoma Sooners to celebrate an impressive 2014 recruiting class. Instead, all eyes have been turned towards repeating that success in 2015.
Here’s what to expect.
Already in the Books
Oklahoma already has four commitments in its class of 2015. Impressively, all four are 247Sports composite 4-star prospects.
The biggest name thus far is offensive guard Josh Wariboko.
The No. 3-ranked guard in the class, Wariboko has impressed the Sooners coaching staff since day one. As expected, his talent has caught the eyes of other top schools, as he also holds offers from Florida State, LSU, Texas A&M and Miami.
“He had an offer from Oregon State and really liked it,” Wariboko's high school coach Koby Scoville said, per ESPN's Brandon Chatmon. “But you could see he had a different look in his eye when it came to OU.”
If the Sooners can keep the Oklahoma City, Okla., native in-state, that would be a major win for this class.
Two of Oklahoma’s biggest strengths in 2014—offensive line and the defensive front—could also be the team’s biggest needs in the 2015 class.
On the offensive line, the Sooners will have three seniors. In the defensive front, the team has two seniors, while defensive end Charles Tapper and linebackers Eric Striker and Frank Shannon could consider leaving early for the NFL.
Fortunately, Oklahoma has already started to cover its bases in terms of these needs.
The offensive line might as well be set. The team brought in seven offensive linemen in its 2014 class and two of its four commits in 2015 are on the line. But it certainly doesn’t hurt to add more depth.
The defensive front will definitely need a little more help. The Sooners only brought in three linebackers and one defensive lineman in 2014.
Special teams will also be another area of need, as both kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Jed Barnett will be seniors.
One of the players that could really help out Oklahoma’s depth on the defensive line is 4-star defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko.
The Honolulu, Hawaii, native has shown interest in coming to Norman. Offensive line coach Jerry Montgomery had a successful visit with him back in December and is expected to make another trip up in the spring.
As far as the offensive line, 4-star offensive tackle Conner Dyer is a top target.
The No. 14-ranked tackle in the class of 2015, Dyer visited the campus for the Sooners’ junior day a week ago. It also helps that he’s the teammate of 2014 signee Jonathan Alvarez.
Another name that the Oklahoma coaching staff is high on is 5-star quarterback Torrance Gibson.
With Trevor Knight under center and enough depth at the position, it’s a surprising name to add to the list. But that just goes to show how highly the coaching staff thinks of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native.
For now, he may be a long shot, but you can bet the Sooners will try everything they can to add the top-ranked dual-threat quarterback of the class.