ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post | Saturday Feb. 1st – Jr. Day (Updated 4:52 pm)

Today is OU’s first Junior Day and there are a number of recruits in Norman. If you’re like us you’ll be in and out with family and friends all day, so please help us out by adding any notable information to the comments section.

– Texas 2015 OT commit Connor Lanfear arrived in Norman.

– OU 2015 DL commit Du’Vonta Lampkin arrived in Norman as well.

– A non- jr. day note: 2015 offer we might have forgot to mention from a a couple days ago is Florida OT Christian Pellage. JY is a big fan of the fella.

– Jalin Barnett will be at the jr. day. But also, interestingly, a player that we’ve spoken to recently and in fact began evaluating a couple weeks ago, 2015 DB Darreyl Patterson, got a last minute invite to jr. day. We spoke to him just a few days ago and he had not even heard from Oklahoma. But it sounds like Oklahoma got in very quickly and in fact Coach Stoops told him that he shouldn’t be surprised if an offer comes. We spoke to him briefly last night and obviously this is exciting news for him.

– OU OL commit Josh Wariboko will also be in attendance for jr. day.

– As we mentioned earlier in the week, Caileb Booze will indeed be at the jr. day.

– 2015 DB Kahlil Haughton tweeted out that he will be attending Oklahoma’s jr. day.

– As we also mentioned earlier in the week, Darrion Daniels and Will Sunderland will be in attendance for jr. day. I asked Will if a commitment this weekend might be possible and he said no.

– Stud LB Justin Hilliard has made it to Oklahoma.

– Kris Boyd (Gilmer, TX) will be attending Oklahoma’s jr. day.

UPDATE (8:46 am): 2015 WR Kalin Sadler is heading to OU’s jr. day as well. Great to see OU bringing in so many Oklahoma kids!

The visitors above don’t make up a complete list but certainly those are a lot of noteworthy visitors.

- UPDATE (10:28 am): Add big-time 2015 DE James Lockhart (Ennis, TX) on the way to Norman for Junior Day as well. Lockhart currently holds offers from virtually every Big 12 school as well as Miss. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M among others.

- UPDATE (10:44 am): 2015 offensive tackle AND Texas commit Connor Lanfear (Buda, TX) on campus for Junior Day (as stated above) says OU has offered.

- UPDATE (1:50 pm): According to multiple reports, OU has offered 2015 safety Kahlil Haughton (Waco, TX).

- UPDATE (4:52 pm): Sooners offer 2015 offensive tackle Conner Dyer (Mesquite, TX) during Junior Day.

 


  • John Garner

    Thanx!

    • Super K

      You’re welcome!

  • OUTIGER

    Great group of athletes coming to Norman. Let’s hope they like what they see.

  • Kevin Fielder

    I hope these young men have a great time and learn enough from their trip to strongly consider the University of Oklahoma for their future. Sounds like there is a lot of talent coming into Norman this weekend. Hope everyone travels safe and enjoys the trip.

  • Gary Carden

    Off topic, but Michael Wyche decommitted from Miami. Big juco DT we might could use.

  • EasTex

    What an exciting time this must be for these young men and their families. Life is full of threshold moments.

  • EasTex

    Message from Coach Montgomery.

    This is how I am going to start off Jr. day.

    • JJsooner1

      OMGosh, where can I find one of these for my Sooner Room??

  • stephen faulkenberry

    Do yall know if ou is recruiting snoops kid the wr out of cali

    • blaster1371

      I cannot remember details or where I even saw it but think I read he is staying in Cali.

      • dahldennsull

        While probably right, I’d watch out for dark horses Colorado, CSU, Washington, Washington state… Mainly Colorado and Washington schools for… No… Cough… Apparent.. Cough… Reason ;)

        • SoonerfanTU

          lmao

    • Jordan Esco

      I believe OU has offered, but not sure how seriously they’re pursuing him at the moment.

    • Atlantasooner

      Cordell Broadus is Snoop’s kid’s name. 6-1, 190 WR.
      I think he’s enrolled at Bishop Gorman in Vegas after some
      issues at his previous HS.

  • EasTex

    Courtney Garnett at ND.

    Hope he hates snow as much as I do.

    • blaster1371

      I heard Stoops gave him a DVD of last year’s game in which the OU D whooped up on the leprechauns of ND to watch on his flight up there to Bend South (I knows it’s South Bend). Just kidding by the way.

      • Sooner Ray

        That would be a great in flight movie.

  • Jordan Esco
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  • Sooner Ray

    Hope the weather’s nice in Norman for these recruits. I’ve been slipping on ice all morning. Courtney looks like he got his photo and he’s ready to head home!

  • Boomer4life

    This may have been covered already, but was curious what a schedule looks like at a Jr day? Do they go through workouts etc…?

    • Jordan Esco

      No workouts. Mainly tours, watch some film, talk to some players, meet w/ academic advisors, etc.

      • Boomer4life

        Thx for the break down Jordan! You guys are doing a fantastic job with this site!

        • Jordan Esco

          Very much appreciate you saying so!

      • Sooner Ray

        Billy Sims should pop in and give them some ribs!

  • Jake

    Tristan Hill is at Vandy this weekend. Has a scholarship offer. A good chance he is going to be in the SEC.

    • Indy_sooner

      If we strike out with Frison, I have a feeling we will be going after him… Up until NSD. Sure hope so

  • Jordan Esco
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    • Boomer4life

      Are those all watches in the pic?

      • Jordan Esco

        Mostly, believe there are some rings in there as well.

      • Travis Coyle

        Yeah , he has a huge collection of watches sitting on that table in his office. I got to take a look a his office and it was pretty awesome.

      • Daryl

        Watches and rings and some other stuff. Lots of Rings! I remember they showed it on the ESPN all access like 2 years ago.

    • Indy_sooner

      Would be great to lock this one up ASAP

    • SoonerfanTU

      His office is nicer than my office.

      • Sooner Ray

        Are you missing the TV or box of watches?

        • SoonerfanTU

          Both. lol

    • pitbull17

      His office is nicer than my house.

  • Jordan Esco
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  • Atlantasooner

    quick correction guys, it’s Kris Boyd from Gilmer, not Kris Gilmer :-)

    • Jordan Esco

      fixed, thanks

      • Sooner Ray

        Hey Jordan, it still says Kris Gilmer up above the comment section, fyi.

  • Jordan Esco
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  • Leroy Jenkins

    It’s really exciting to see all this great talent there this weekend, that Sugar Bowl win is paying huge dividends. I’d love to see the ILB Justin Hilliard commit- he would be amazing in our system. Do you think maybe Jalin Barnett could give an OU verbal this weekend?

  • JJsooner1

    Hi there. I’m with Gary below. Any word if OU will go after Michael Wyche who decommitted from Miami. He’s a juco but he’s got the size and skills to play NT in our 3>4 scheme.

  • Jordan Esco
  • JJsooner1

    Hmmmm why is Texas 2015 OT commit Connor Lanfear visiting God’s country? Something we need to know?? :-)

    • Jordan Esco

      He’s been committed to Texas for a long time, but there seems to be some unconfirmed speculation that Strong may not see him as a fit.

      • Sooner Ray

        And if he pulls his commit, they will use their token “he wasn’t Texas good anyway”!

        • Jordan Esco

          Guaranteed

        • JJsooner1

          Lol yeah probably. So how does that explain all the top 5 classes of unrealized potential?? But….. but…. but I thought they were Texa$$ good enough???

      • Atlantasooner

        Lanfear’s tape is pretty good. He’s a good RT prospect. Perhaps you could move him inside. Could even play center possibly.

        • Atlantasooner

          Forget that Lanfear is a monster. In the OL recruit twitter lineup he looks like he could be 6-8,300

      • blaster1371

        Fine!!! Put him in crimson and use him to pound the snot out of them cows. Strong seems to be rapidly burning bridges in Texass.

  • Boomer4life

    Maybe the weather will keep all them here for an extended stay.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Jordan Esco

      There had been some skepticism about whether or not Jamabo would actually make it to Norman this weekend. Obviously he did.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        Dang he’s definitely passes the eye test.

        • Sooner Ray

          Yeah, hope they make a good impression on him.

          • Sonny Schovanec

            No doubt. He looks like a freaking animal relative to the other athletes standing next to Stoops.

      • soonermusic

        I believe that display case sitting out on the desk is filled with championship rings. Pretty impressive little item for the recruits to see…

  • Boomer4life

    Wonder what the % of players is that actually committ during one these events?

    • Jordan Esco

      Generally, pretty low. It’s still VERY early in the recruiting process for 2015 kids. Most aren’t ready to make a decision this soon into things.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      I would say if they got one hard commit from this weekend it would be a good Jr. Day, two commits would be excellent. It’s way early in the game. I would say the fruits of the labor from this weekend will pay off by the Spring Game.

  • Boomer4life

    In your opinion Jordan, who are the must haves out of this group for 2015?

    • Jordan Esco

      Just out of the group that’s on campus today?

      • Boomer4life

        Yes, of those in attendance today.

        • Jordan Esco

          Jalin Barnett and Will Sunderland are probably the only two I’d say qualify as “must haves”, primarily b/c their in-state kids.

          That said, Justin Hilliard, Soso Jamabo, Darrion Daniels, and James Lockhart are “must haves” in terms of talent.

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    2015 Lawton (OK) CB Darreyl Patterson.

    https://twitter.com/OnLyHuMaN143/status/429690897530228737

  • Jordan Esco
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    • Sooner Ray

      Like to hear that!

    • blaster1371

      What Oklahoma kid wouldn’t want to play at OU? I remember being a kid while living in Norman and seeing OU players around town and just being in awe. If a player- graduate interviewed for my dad’s company he would always throw in “and he played at OU.” It was a bump second only to “…and he was in the Marine Corps” which is an instant plus qualifier with this family.

  • Jordan Esco
  • EasTex

    Our friend HolaKyle has a new video up, 2013 OU Sooners Highlights.

    Get this to Jr. Day…stat.

    • Leroy Jenkins

      That…was…incredible. Definitely needs to be shown during Jr. Day.

      The soundtrack music from Inception at the beginning was epic. I kept thinking Leonardo DiCaprio would suit up in the crimson and cream, walk up to the camera at the end and repeat his movie line, “Never recreate from your memory. Always imagine new places!” As in, 2013 is great, but just imagine the future here at OU.

    • Travis Coyle

      What a season! What a video! So many thought after watching that. Saunders was a homerun threat at all times. Gabe Lynn was a ball hawk. Blake Bell gave it everything he had. Its just great to be a Sooner. Knight is the future and big12 defenses should be worried. The way we beat OSU and Alabama I think we could have beaten any team. We did what we were supposed to do and that is to get better as the season goes on.

    • JJsooner1

      This is just outstanding. Turn up the volume:-)

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      This is like heroin to a sooner junkie!

      • ToatsMcGoats

        I was just looking for this last night!

  • Jackson1006

    I have a question about what “offers”mean in the context of a relationship between student and school. For example, if a student is offered, does that mean a mutual interest is already there or is an offer sometimes used to start a conversation with a kid with no real gauge of the young person’s interest?

    • Jordan Esco

      Both.

      Generally, OU isn’t in the habit of offering kids they know they have zero chance with. But for the purposes of your query, it can really serve in either capacity.

    • blaster1371

      Since we are talking juniors here I would speculate it’s both- OU establishing an interest in the player and the player giving some vibe he will consider OU. Of course it is all likely conditional regarding academic progress and personal conduct.

    • Sooner Ray

      I believe it is one sided. If the offer is official, the school is obligated to the kid pending qualification but the kid is not bound until signing day. And as always I could be completely wrong.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      in this day and age, early offers mean a lot to kids. Whoever’s willing to throw their hat in the ring first speaks volumes to a kid. With not a lot of loyalty going around these days, you hear how much it means to say that school xyz has been with me from the start.

  • Jordan Esco

    Sounds like they’re taking the recruits on campus to the women’s Bedlam game.

    https://twitter.com/kp_projectt/status/429702918707486720

    • Sooner Ray

      Is that a good thing???

      • Sonny Schovanec
        • Sooner Ray

          Now there’s something to like!. I actually watched some of the game and it turned out in our favor. I was concerned about the atmosphere compared to what it was in the men’s bedlam game.

      • JJsooner1

        Yep, well worth the time. Sooners be rockin. Good game and atmosphere!

  • Jackson1006

    There is one part of me that always feels sad about this whole process of football. For all the wonderment and spectacle of recruiting young athletes, with their bright eyes, excited tweets, and innocent ambitions, many don’t graduate from college and few make it to the pros. And statistics say that the vast majority of pros in the NFL go broke in a few years with nothing left but chronic health issues and brain damage. I’m not trying to be a downer, I just wish there was more we could do for these boys who give their best years for our school. I hope these youth understand that many of us in Sooner Nation remain eternally grateful for their dedication regardless of wins and losses. I also hope this spirit of family and support is impacted upon our young visitors through every essence of our culture. When you don the crimson and cream we root for you for life.

    I am encouraged and proud of the positive energy of this Sooner site. As a Normanite in my youth and an alum (undergrad and med school), Boomer Sooner everyone!

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Meh, hard to feel sorry for NFL players who blow their money.

    • EasTex

      There are many positive stories that come from young men who wear the Crimson and Cream that few ever notice. Such as Aaron Franklin, for the second time in three years he is Academic All-Big 12 1st team. The young man is making the most of his opportunity, even if his time at OU doesn’t lead to an NFL career.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Sooner Ray

      Hope we get some of these guys, after they grow up of course!

  • Jordan Esco

    fwiw, the message board talk of the moment is that Lanfear is heading to A&M later this weekend and expected to commit while there.

    • Sooner Ray

      He’ll change his mind at least two more times.

    • Ryan

      So freaking sick of these kids being fascinated with A&M. Tradition means jack squat to them apparently. A&M needs to fall off the earth.

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        Ugh, try living near A&M fans. Generally nice people, but last year made them arrogant and insufferable. Not to mention the kids I know who gave me crap for being an OU fan back when it was just Texas and Oklahoma, and, would you believe it, last year they traded in their longhorn (and Tech) jerseys for A&M jerseys. Bandwagon jumpers.

        • Sooner Ray

          So finish HS and head for Norman to get away from all that! You won’t get any crap over there. LOL!

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            Ha, no doubt. I miss Oklahoma!

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Apparently Coach Montgomery & Bedenbaugh are flying to Utah for one last in-home visit with Frison tonight. Fingers crossed.

    • Sooner Ray

      They must really like his potential because the are holding nothing back on that boy.

    • Jordan Esco

      Can’t leave w/o a commitment!

      • Blueline Pete

        No commit yet, but they dealt with some negative recruiting I was told. Looking better for OU, but only he knows and I wonder if his mind is even made up yet. Happy to see Parker will sign with OU. That’s also a needed one as he’s such a great cover Safety.

        • SamSooner

          Any news on Frison?

          • Blueline Pete

            Haven’t heard a thing, but also haven’t been asking today ;)

          • SamSooner

            Thanks! Fingers crossed.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Kevin Fielder

      Only ONE!

  • Adrian

    This has got to be the coolest pic I’ve seen all day. 2015 O-line

    • 38Special

      Two #77’s, that’s a penalty.

      • beavmiester

        The refs are afraid to call that on Jalin. That manchild is a beast.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      The age old question….”where’s the beef”….has been answered.

      • Adrian

        I’ve met Jalin and hung out with Josh and those are some big boys so to see them beside all these others, ridiculous. They look small to some!

  • Isaac Wright

    When are the coaches arriving in utah

    • Sooner Ray

      They better already be there because the deadline for coaches recruiting on the road is coming up soon.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Lukayus McNeil committed to Louisville. You guys called it, good job. Hopefully Frison can work out now.

    • Sooner Ray

      He seen what we had here and he got scared!

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    Great job K and Jordan! Been chomping at the bit to check this out today. Boomer!

    • Sooner Ray

      SOONER!…..bout time you got in here! missed some good conversation.

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        How you doin Ray?

        • Sooner Ray

          Just checking out these young guys and trying to keep Jordan in line!

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Lemme know if you have any success with Jordan lol….jk Been an exciting offseason already!

  • Kamiar Mehrabian

    I guess Steven Parker is having an awesome day at Auburn. http://instagram.com/p/j5YvcwRd_p/

  • Alexander

    JY, do you expect Barnett & Wariboko to both remain as OG at OU? Haven’t watched film on them yet, do either have the skill set to slide out to OT permanently? Evans at LT or RT? Of the OL targets who are the top 2 you like at OT?

    Don’t believe OU has a realistic chance at Kyler Murray, but of the few players I’ve seen there isn’t a player I like more when translating his game to just college. Honestly think he is a potential Heismen winner. Do you think OU has a legitimate chance with him? Thought I read he was an ATM legacy. They’ve been cleaning up like no other in the 2015 class.

    Glanced at the top recruits of the class and saw they had 7 already in the top 30 before I stopped due to getting nauseous from it and being a bit of a hater. We’ve never been able to recruit like that and not even Bama has been pulling that many from the top. Other than the schools by the beach I’ve never seen anyone do that well. This may offend some and others may consider it racist and don’t mean to offend anyone by any means. Just don’t believe its possible without an African American coach like Sumlin since talking with some family friends, coworkers, and fellow church members whose son and teammates that have just gone through recruitment or are going through the process now, and some of the parents have said they just feel more comfortable with a black coach.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      I do believe Barnett and Wariboko are guards. We’ve already got Bobby Evans in the fold for 2015 who I believe to be an ELITE left tackle prospect. I think we may get another tackle or two. I plan on doing a countdown on the top tackle prospects we’re in on for 2015 in a few days.
      Barry Switzer was an ace recruiter who knew how to relate to the black athlete since he grew up around black folks. He was at ease going into African American households and talking to recruit’s mamas because it was something that came natural to him. There’s a huge difference in talking at people and talking to people. Being able to relate to people, regardless of their skin color is a quality that’s way too underrated. People are able to see through you if you’re fake, and to me if you’re just real and you know how to make people feel comfortable being themselves, that’s more important to most than what color you are. When guys get on campus, and they see potential future teammates being themselves, and the atmosphere of family you hear so much about that’s what’s the most important thing. Honestly, it depends on the parents, and it depends on the kid. Mamas want their babies to be taken care of. A lot of them want coaches who are going to be demanding and turn them into men. That’s what Bob and his staff do.
      Granted you can’t deny A&M is up right now. They’ve got a lot of positive momentum, but so do we. We just busted Alabama in the mouth. Following Oklahoma recruiting for so many years now, I’ve never seen a Stoops recruiting class fill up quickly. Bob and Co. really value the evaluation process, and they always leave room for a fast riser at the end of the year. It’s hard to debate that we’ve had more success in his fifteen years than any program in the country.

      • EasTex

        Many don’t remember what an excellent assistant coach Sumlin was for five years at OU. I’m certain he learned a great deal from Coach Stoops during that time.

      • JJsooner1

        JY What a great answer. Having been through the recruiting saga in baseball, back in the day, you’re absolutely right. Coach Semore is a prime example. I remember him being so open, relaxed and just plain old nice. Its a disarming aura that allows you to be yourself. I felt like I was family on my visit and when he was in my home, I felt the same way. Like he belonged. Weird, but so true. Coach Semore could talk to anyone on any level. He and Coach Stoops have a very engaging aura that puts you at ease in minutes and that is just huge. I still remember a favorite saying of Coach Semore and it still stands true today:

        ‘Everyone wants to be great, but not everyone’s willing to pay the price to give themselves a chance to be great.’