ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post| Monday Jan. 27th (Updated 4:23 pm)

- In regards to Kenyon Frison. I have two words for you “no clue.” Last word I got with respect to how Oklahoma is feeling about Kenyon was earlier this past weekend and what I gathered is even they aren’t sure where they stand, though I suspect they’re going to find out very soon. I have asked a lot of people who might have some kind of connection to Kenyon and even they don’t know. So unless I hear something out of the blue, I think I’m done asking or even trying to guess :)

- Got a message from Deondre Clark’s mother last night. I didn’t see the message right away so I didn’t have a dialogue with her. She did reiterate what a great time Deondre had at OU…which I thought was pretty cool seeing as they just got back from LSU. She also said that she hopes the OU coaches will continue to recruit Deondre for these final two weeks…that made me think she still wants him at OU but maybe Deondre is feeling LSU. But then she added that the win against Bama really caught his eye. She said he called her right after and was very excited. She also that “Deondre would be a great asset to the Sooners”.

- Chatted a little with big time DLineman, Breidan Fehoko. Great kid! And he LOVES Coach Montgomery. I could barely ask him about his relationship with Montgomery before he immediately said “love that guy!” Coach Montgomery has visited him on multiple occasions so you’ve got to believe Coach Mont feels he’s really got a chance with Breiden. So I asked him how real Oklahoma’s chances are with him and he said, “Because of the fact that Coach Montgomery has built a great relationship with me gives them an edge over any other school that just put an offer out there for me.” He said that what he’s looking for is a coach that he can have a real relationship with…a relationship that is beyond football.

- Texas A&M had their jr. day this past weekend and they picked up a commitment from Oklahoma offensive tackle target, Trevor Elbert. Elbert had offers from a ton of schools including OU, Alabama, and Ohio State.

- 2015 CB, PJ Mbanasor committed to TCU over the weekend. He played opposite corner to Trai Mosley for coach Killian at Hendrickson. OU has not yet gotten involved with Mbanasor but I mention him because I believe we should. I’ve seen him in person and I can tell you he is a massive corner. He’s listed at 6’1 but he’s bigger than that. He’s got to be 6’2 and is just a big kid! Looks like a big safety and covers like a corner. Needs to work on his technique. He’s so big that he likes to cheat and use his hands a lot instead of moving his feet, something he won’t be able to get away with at the next level but as a friend of mine (who was a former TCU CB himself) told me…”he’s got all the things you want in a big time corner…he just needs more coaching.”

- (UPDATE 8:11 am): Didn’t have a chance to catch it live, but by all accounts it seems as though OU commit Curtis Bolton had himself quite a day Sunday in the West Coast Bowl. Have seen numbers like eight tackles and three or four sacks. Despite concerns from a number of the recruiting services about Bolton’s size, the kid just seems to have a unique ability to get to the quarterback. Remind you of another “undersized” OU pass rusher?

Found some highlights. Enjoy :)

- (UPDATE 9:43 am): More from Deondre Clark’s mother. Take it for whatever it’s worth.

- (UPDATE 11:19 am): Aaron Colvin’s agent tweets that the former OU corner is having his ACL surgery today.

- (UPDATE 11:55 am): K signed off on a Bedlam b-ball game thread for tonight! So make sure to check back closer to tip and we’ll hang out and watch some hoops tonight.

- (UPDATE 12:20 pm): Some more big news as K has confirmed through Dorshell Clark that both she and her son, Deondre, will be in the house tonight for the Bedlam basketball game. Obviously, with older brother Stevie being a Cowboy it’s not a huge shock the family would make the trip to Norman. But with the comments from earlier today (and above), it will give the OU coaching staff a chance to clear whatever, if any, air that needs to be cleared and another chance to impress following the LSU commit’s visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend.

- (UPDATE 4:23 pm): According to multiple reports, both Bob Stoops and Cale Gundy were by Casady h.s. today to see Sooners 2015 OL commit, Josh Wariboko.

  • lovethemsooners

    247Sports has Frison leaning toward Nebraska this morning. Don’t really have that warm and fuzzy feeling over his commitment.

    Also, there were rumors that Joseph Paul took an OV to OsU this weekend. Any confirmation on that?

    • Jordan Esco

      The Paul visit to OSU did happen. Though nothing to worry about whatsoever.

      • Gary Robbins

        I read somewhere that 247 sports dropped him from a 87 rating to a 79! Surely his visit to OSU wasn’t the reason. Just kidding.

  • Indy_sooner

    PJ is showing interest from OU but no offer yet, so I do think he’s definitely on our radar.
    Awesome news on Breiden! I like the emphasis on stockpiling elite talent on the lines.

  • Sooner Ray

    Clark’s mom just needs to put her foot down with the boy and tell him she’s not eating the gumbo!

    • DrZemus

      Let’s hope he doesn’t have a taste for cajun food. Not that you get really good cajun in BR, anyway.

      • Billy Jackson

        Ralph and Kacoo’s is a very good authentic cajun food place in Baton Rouge. But, you do have to get out of town a little bit to find it everywhere.

      • herewegosooners

        Is Cajun King in Norman still open? I ate there once and it was pretty good.

    • Unique Landscaping

      The gumbo – LOL!

    • herewegosooners

      I agree… but hopefully she doesn’t do him like the one mom that basically disowned her sons for chosing Bama and Florida over LSU.

  • HeathC

    I know it is a football blog but do you think we can get a game thread for the Bedlam Basketball game tonight.

    • Jordan Esco

      What, you don’t want to go hang out at the other place? It’s usually so lively for game threads lately ;)

      • HeathC

        You are killing me

      • Sooner Ray

        It is painful watching Rich talk to himself for two hours! Lol.

        • Jordan Esco

          Jeez, ya think!

          It’s very generous of you to throw him a bone every once in a while ;)

          • Sooner Ray

            I”m guilty of having sympathy in my blood.

    • Jordan Esco

      And I’ll check w/ powers that be here to see if we can do the game thread

    • Jordan Esco

      Bedlam b-ball game thread is happening!

      • HeathC

        That’s what I am talking about

  • Tipman

    Love the site. Do you know have insight into any winter lifting and running numbers?

    • Jordan Esco

      We can try and get K to check in w/ his vast array of sources

      • Tipman

        great – thanks

        • Jordan Esco

          K said he’s on it

  • Jordan Esco

    Have seen some comments re: Clark’s LSU visit from OU fans who are worried coming out of the weekend.

    Look, the simple fact of the matter is Clark didn’t plan this visit to go down there, in-person, and decommit. That was never going to happen.

    Now that doesn’t mean I’m saying he will decommit, or that he’s an OU lock, or that you can go ahead and write him off b/c he’s sticking w/ LSU.

    I’m just saying if your expectations were to have a resolution after the weekend, then you were setting yourself up for disappointing to begin with.

    Be patient. Let things play out. Stoops & Monty will keep doing what they’ve been doing and if it works out for OU then all the better. But I can assure any of you who this might apply to, OU fans freaking out about Clark’s recruitment won’t change anything.

    So just chill :)

    • Sooner Ray

      Thanks for being the cool head among us Jordo!

      • Jordan Esco

        Didn’t intend for it to come off as lecture-y as it did, but for a veteran of these recruiting battles this is just kind of how it works. You get the ones you can get and can’t sweat the ones you miss out on.

  • Kris Wood

    Love this website! I’ve been coming here several times a day for about a month now. This is my first comment. This is easily the most insightful OU football website out there, with the least amount of bs and fair weather fans. I have liked y’all on FB and shared with all my fellow OU fans. Thanks for the daily news! Keep up the great work. : )

    • Jordan Esco

      Thank you for the comment and thank you even more for continuing to keep coming back!

    • Unique Landscaping

      Agree. This place is awesome! A little more Football 101 would be appreciated. I’d love to understand what I’m watching. Not a complaint but a hopeful suggestion. Thanks guys!

  • CoachTalk

    There has been some twitter stuff going around. NO YELLING at stevie Clark tonight at the basketball game because we are recruiting Deondre! Keep that in mind…

    • Indy_sooner

      Didn’t know Stevie was reinstated. I would hope that OU fans wouldn’t have to resort to Aggie like behavior, be it to Clark or anyone else

      • SoonerfanTU

        How is it Aggie-like behavior to get onto an opposing player? Especially one that makes it as easy as Stevie has?

        I’m torn. On one hand, I think Deondre needs to realize that his brother is an easy target, and it’s Bedlam. On the other, he probably doesn’t want to hear his brother getting razzed all game long. I don’t think OU fans should just ignore Stevie, but maybe 1-2 well timed chants, then leave it alone. A Deondre chant would also probably be pretty helpful.

        I still don’t like this family though. Even the mom’s tweets this morning just rub me the wrong way. Sorry, just being honest. I’m sure Deondre is a nice talent, but it’s also a position OU recruits fairly well. It won’t be much of a setback to miss on him.

        • Indy_sooner

          Just so we’re clear, we’re not talking about booing the dude on the free throw line. I am referring to targeting a player who may eat the bench all night- ostensibly for infractions he made in his career that are not in any way related to this game.
          Maybe I just missed what Stevie had done specifically to draw the ire of OU fans ./serious question, not sarcasm.. btw

          About his mom- Some parents choose to be more drawn into their children’s activities and more vocal, others don’t. Kinda like Michael Warren’s mom stepping in here…or Tristan’s dad and uncle.. so I don’t really have a pull either way. I do know, however, that I won’t be complaining about it if he chooses to come here. Or LSU for that matter.

  • Will Narramore

    On obvious passing downs next season I’d love to see Striker, Bond, and Bolton all on the field getting after the quarterback

    • Jordan Esco

      Honestly, I think w/ Striker, Bond, Onuoha, & Obo that you redshirt Bolton. But it’s never a bad thing to have too many guys who can rush the passer.

      • Chris Pedersen

        What about ward?

        • Jordan Esco

          I just don’t see him as that stand-up outside backer type. Think he’ll play at DE w/ his hand in the ground, whereas the other guys I was referencing either don’t or likely won’t (IMO).

          • Chris Pedersen

            You think onuoha will be a stand up guy at his height? Ward does seem to have more of a tapper build

          • Travis Tyra

            I would really like to see Obo give Bond a run for his money on the other side. he looks as physically impressive as bond. Wonder what the competition looks like on the inside backers..

  • Leroy Jenkins

    How in the hell does Curtis Bolton only have a 3* rating?! What an absolute joke. Bolton, Bond, and Striker are gonna be unstoppable for OU. He reminds me of Blake Griffin (looks like him and plays with reckless abandon).

    Are Clark and Parker friends at all? And do you think Clark might be swayed to OU if Parker commits?

    • Jordan Esco

      I’m quite confident K can offer you some of his thoughts re: Bolton’s ranking.

      But fwiw from everything that I’ve heard/read, his lack of ranking is entirely related to his size. The “experts” don’t believe he projects as well b/c of it.

      Who knows if they’re right or wrong at this point, but the kid makes a ton of plays on film. And if I’m putting together a team, I’ll take kids like that, prototypical size or not, every damn day of the week.

      • bjwalker82

        I mean that vid is of him at an All-star game. He looked like he was well equipped to take on that talent…

        • Jordan Esco

          No question. I’ve seen multiple “experts” say if he was actually 6’2″ (that’s where most have him listed, but no one believes it’s actually accurate) 220 lbs. w/ his film he’d be a high four star.

          • Shifty

            Strikers film in hs looks exactly like his film this year :) I think he’s an inch or two shorter than Bolton. I think Bolton will do well with our scheme..Kish showed everybody that the Backers are back this year and moving forward

          • Jordan Esco

            Agreed on all counts.

      • Leroy Jenkins

        It’s crazy how a couple of inches determine your “star” value. My roommate in grad school (a D-III school in Abilene, TX) was recruited by A&M as a senior in HS in 2005. He set the bench press record for a Center at A&M on their JR day. They told him, “Grow 2 inches, give us a call, and you’ll get a scholarship.” He didn’t grow those two inches, so he played at the D-III school in Abilene instead. Blew out his knee during the season and has a good job now, but those two inches determined his worth to A&M. He’s 5’9″ by the way.

        • Jordan Esco

          It’s a VERY fickle business, no doubt.

        • Sooner Ray

          It is crazy Leroy. My HS listed me taller and heavier than I was and even though I held the school record in the 40, when my true height was realized, it was an instant turnoff.

  • soonerborn

    Dominique Robertson has committed to Texas Tech. I know he is a juco kid and coaches wanna bring in a HS kid. I hope they have back up plans in place.

  • Jordan Esco

    BIG update just added

    • Gary Robbins

      Does OU get 1 2014 commit this week and possibly 1 commit on their Junior day this weekend? Us OU fanatics need a little momentum going into NSD. I guess we’re all impatient-can you imagine how the coaches are feeling.

      • Jordan Esco

        Only one I think they’d be likely to get this week w/b Frison and he’s so hard to get a read on I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to predict OU lands him and feel confident about it.

        As for the coaches, they’ve all been doing this so long I really doubt they sweat these kids’ decisions as much as fans do.

        • Indy_sooner

          Maybe I missed it but did the coaches do an in-home visit with Frison?

          • Jordan Esco

            A little while back, yes.

            He just got back from a trip to Nebraska and has been quoted as saying his recruitment is done. Naturally, NU fans/reporters have taken that (and other things) as they’re on top, but a decision from him has been expected for a while after he made that trip.

            He’s just so quiet and difficult to get a read on, no one outside of him and/or his family truly knows that he’s going to do.

          • Indy_sooner

            Thanks. Would be surprised if we made it but stranger things have happened.

          • Sooner Ray

            Those silly Huskers

  • Ryan

    Well at least Stevie Clark plays from the bench so the Clarks won’t have to hear us boo the hell out of him lol

  • Roberto zavala

    I’m starting to think that Deondre Clark is gonna stay committed to that other team I hope I’m wrong

  • Jordan Esco

    Remember what I was saying in the Garnett thread about Texas sites always having an “excuse” when they lose a recruit. Well, the 2nd to last paragraph here (http://www.burntorangenation.com/recruiting/2014/1/27/5351218/aaron-garza-decommits-texas-longhorns-football-recruiting-2015) is classic Texas fan. Kick the kid on the way out the door b/c he was never “Texas good” to begin with.

    • Sooner Ray

      It’s amazing that they only lose the “least athletic” of the commits they have left….LOL!

    • boomersooner

      “texas good”? isn’t that an oxymoron?

      • Jordan Esco

        You would think, right?

  • Chris Villani

    Am I the only one here who is getting sick of his mom? I’ve never seen someone’s mom be so open in the public about the recruiting process. On Twitter and what not. Just seems like she wants attention. Almost like she’s the one who is the recruit. She needs to stop looking to be in the spotlight. It’s getting ridiculous.

  • Chris Villani

    Am I the only one here who is getting sick of his mom? I’ve never seen someone’s mom be so open in the public about the recruiting process. On Twitter and what not. Just seems like she wants attention. Almost like she’s the one who is the recruit. She needs to stop looking to be in the spotlight and let her son enjoy it and make HIS decision on what HE wants to do.

    • Sooner Ray

      Could have swore I just read this…HAHA

  • Alex Ehlers

    That’s HUGE that Clark will be at the game tonight. I think the crowd should be chanting “We Want Dre” all night long!

  • Jake

    Georgia Southern is visiting Tristan at home tonight. It looks like that’s where he is going to end up.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Really exited about Bolton! He’s gonna be a beast, just like Striker. Hopefully we’ll land Clark, as well.

  • Jared Tyra

    Curtis Bolton is IMPRESSIVE; I mean Quentin Griffin was a munchkin but he was on Heisman ballots in 2002. All those rank-assigning “experts” need to get over the love affair with uber-height.