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June 5, 2014
Plenty for Sooner Fans to Eye at Rivals Challenge
With the gathering of the top high school football talent in the country it's no surprise that SoonerScoop.com will have a chance to see numerous prospects the Sooners have their eye on in Baltimore, Md. starting Friday at the Rivals 5-Star Challenge.
Perhaps no position is more loaded with talent of note to Oklahoma fans than on the offensive line where four of the Sooners most highly regarded targets will be at the Ravens M&T Bank Stadium.
The one that Sooner fans are undoubtedly most familiar with is Oklahoma City Casady, one-time commitment, Josh Wariboko. The big offensive lineman was the Dallas RivalsCamp OL MVP and was last year's Underclassmen Challenge overall MVP. The big blocker has been fairly lukewarm about the Sooners since his decommitment but Oklahoma remains involved and would love to bring the nation's No. 3 guard back into the fold.
Another prospect that the Sooners continue to try and work on is Cincinnati Winton Woods four-star offensive tackle George Brown. The 6-foot-6, 261-pound edge blocker had talked about taking a trip to Norman in late May but obviously that plan never fully materialized.
The final class of 2015 prospect is one that has just recently emerged in the consciousness of Sooner fans, Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin Rivals100 offensive tackle Pat Allen. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound prospect has a wealth of ties to the Big 12 region and seems to have interest in returning to the region he still calls 'home'.
The lone class of 2016 prospect that will be worthy of a lot of attention is Allen, Texas offensive tackle Gregory Little. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive tackle is a very early candidate for five-star status and could be the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle amongst the class of rising juniors. He has expressed some interest in the Sooners and that interest figures to only be aided by one former teammate, Tay Evans, heading to Norman this summer and his fellow Eagles offensive lineman Bobby Evans pledged to the Sooners for next summer.
Another position group boasting several players that Oklahoma's staff has hopes of making a run at is in the defensive backfield. Namely California cornerbacks Isaiah Langley and five-star Iman Marshall. While Marshall talked a lot about Oklahoma early since picking up his offer in mid-April hasn't had as much to say - are the Sooners still in play?
With Langley there is a lot more reason to believe a visit to Norman could happen at some point. He isn't ready to commit to visits to any school or any real noteworthy decisions but he and his father have developed a real relationship with Mike Stoops and co.
Green seems like quite a longshot but has expressed, at least some, interest in the Sooners. On the other hand Smith is a personal friend of current Sooner defensive end Charles Tapper and has been open and adamant about his interesting in potentially following his fellow Maryland defensive lineman.
The final pair of Sooners at one position is at wide receiver where Alex Ofodile will be busy working against some of the nation's best. Ofodile is ready to commit any day now but before he does he'll get a chance to show himself against a caliber of talent he hasn't faced as of yet in his high school career.
Meanwhile a name that hasn't been mentioned with the Sooners much is Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge class of 2017 prospect DeAngelo Gibbs. The extremely young and talented receiver camped at Oklahoma last summer and is the teammate of current Sooner signee Orlando Brown. Such a talent from Georgia rarely leaves the SEC but he has some connections to the Big 12 region.
*Perhaps the biggest names tied to the Sooners at the camp is Rivals100 running back Soso Jamabo of Plano (Texas) West. The talented runner has been quiet for much of the spring but many seem to feel the Sooners are on top of his recruitment.