2016 Oklahoma Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Oklahoma Football Recruiting Class: In a down year for the Big 12 in recruiting, OU’s class isn’t all that bad. It’s just not at a national title level like the program is used to.

    January 29, 2016


    2016 Oklahoma Football Recruiting Class: In a down year for the Big 12 in recruiting, OU’s class isn’t all that bad. It’s just not at a national title level like the program is used to.


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    Oklahoma Football Recruiting Class Overview

    It’s not a horrible class, but it’s not a class like Oklahoma is used to without a lot of superstar talents. The program was in the mix for a lot of big prospects, but didn’t get them. Even so, it’s a good enough class to win with, even if it’s not an elite haul of talents.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Offensive linemen. There aren’t a lot of wow recruits coming in, at least for Oklahoma, but the infrastructure is being built up starting with OT Ashton Julious from the JUCO ranks and highlighted by JohnCarlo Valentin, a big guard with the body to get rolling right now. JUCO transfer Ben Powers should also help with the depth in the interior, while Eric Swenson is a great-looking tackle with the right frame to eventually work on the left side.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    CB Jordan Parker, 5-11, 175 – The Sooners are relatively set for a while in most areas, and they didn’t bring in a slew of superstars, but Parker has the skills and the speed to become an all-Big 12 performer. He’s a baller for his size – the California native fits the Oklahoma mold of defensive backs – with USC, UCLA and Oregon all wanting him.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Wide receiver. The defensive front needs to replace Eric Striker and Charles Tapper, but most of the back seven returns and the tackles are going to be solid. The offense has the backfield with the return of Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon, but receivers Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal are gone. OU will be fine, but it needs a No. 1 target to emerge.

    2016 Oklahoma Football Recruiting Class

    Abdul Adams RB Fr. 6-0 205 Landover, Md. (Hillside HS)
    Emmanuel Beal LB Jr. 6-2 215 Reynoldsburg, Ohio (Lackawanna [Pa.] College)
    Amani Bledsoe DE Fr. 6-5 265 Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence HS)
    Kapri Doucet LB Jr. 6-2 225 Williamsburg, Va. (Lackawanna [Pa.] College)
    Zach Farrar WR Fr. 6-3 210 Southlake, Texas (Carrol Senior HS)
    Adrian Hardy ATH Fr. 6-2 185 Houston, Texas (Dekaney HS)
    Mark Jackson Jr. DE/OLB Fr. 6-3 235 Cibolo, Texas (Byron P. Steele II HS)
    Mykel Jones WR Fr. 6-0 180 Patterson, La. (Patterson HS)
    Ashton Julious OL Jr. 6-6 330 Florence, S.C. (Lackawanna [Pa.] College)
    Caleb Kelly OLB Fr. 6-3 225 Fresno, Calif. (Clovis West HS)
    Austin Kendall QB Fr. 6-2 210 Waxhaw, N.C. (Cuthbertson HS)
    Parnell Motley DB Fr. 6-0 180 Washington, D.C. (HD Woodson HS)
    Jordan Parker DB Fr. 6-1 170 Pittsburg, Calif. (Pittsburg HS)
    Ben Powers OL So. 6-4 315 Wichita, Kan. (Butler CC)
    Logan Roberson OL Fr. 6-3 320 Harrah, Okla. (Harrah HS)
    Chanse Sylvie DB Fr. 6-0 186 Shreveport, La. (Calvary Academy)
    Erik Swenson OL Fr. 6-5 318 Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove South HS)
    Jon-Michael Terry LB Fr. 6-3 230 Tulsa, Okla. (Victory Christian School)
    Johncarlo Valentin OL Fr. 6-4 330 Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep Institute Charter HS)

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