ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post | Thursday Jan. 30th (Updated 7:53 pm)

- I know I said I was going to stay away from the Kenyon Frison speculation but I had separate and different people tell me different things yesterday and I figured I’d pass them along. The first thing I was told by a separate source than the source I heard things from last week was, “They (coaches) don’t feel good on Frison”. However, I texted a friend who is committed to ASU this year and I asked him what he has heard on Frison and he responded by saying “I think he’s going to OU”. Let me just say that I’ve asked him the same question multiple times in the past and he’s said he doesn’t know. At the same time I’ve got nothing on where Nebraska stands in all this so still not much to go on. Not taking a true left tackle in this class just seems like a problem waiting to happen so I sure hope we land Frison or Lukayus McNeil.

– People have asked us about Miciah Quick and nothing has changed for us. We’ve predicted Quick to Oklahoma for quite some time and we still feel the same.

– Oklahoma offered ATH out of Missouri City, TX J.W. Ketchum yesterday.

– Also, a very notable offer went out yesterday. Oklahoma extended an offer to 2015 QB Jarrett Stidham.

– According to Taylor Hamm coach Stoops visited stud CB Kendall Sheffield yesterday.

– Here is a great article/Q&A with 2014 OU DE commit Dwayne Orso from the Homewood Starhttp://thehomewoodstar.com/sports/dwayne-orso/

– I know there have been reports that Blake Bell has been working a little bit at TE. I can tell you that on Monday a friend emailed us and actually said that he’s been told that the coaches plan on moving Blake to TE. We didn’t report it because we haven’t had a chance to go by and see any of the 7-on7s to confirm. But we will try to do that for y’all.

– Not sure if we already mentioned this but Kahlil McKenzie said he will be coming to OU’s March Jr. day. Malik Jefferson will also be there. That’s two big time players for the March Jr. day.

– A few names for this jr. day (and feel free to add more in the comments below). J.R. Hensley said that he was invited but hasn’t received many details just yet.

– DE Caileb Booze will be at the jr. day.

– Du’Vonta Lampkin will be there as well. And I’m assuming OT Toby Weathersby may come along but I have not yet confirmed that with him. Incidentally, I believe Texas has extended an offer to Toby Weathersby. However, Toby has said that OU is his favorite school.

– Will Sunderland confirmed that he will also be at OU’s jr. day.

– Darrion Daniels also told me he’d be at the jr. day. He did say that he’s already visited OU before so this won’t be his first time in Norman.

– I know Clay Mack trains WR DaMarkus Lodge and CB Darrell Miller and they are all supposed to be in Oklahoma on Sunday for the Quick Twitch clinic so perhaps they’ll make the trip a day early and hit OU jr. day but I have yet to confirm that.

– Also, it’s been reported that LB Justin Hilliard will be attending the Oklahoma jr. day. Hilliard is from Ohio and has an offer from just about every school in the country!

(UPDATE 12:42 pm): Got word that coach Bobby Jack Wright stopped by to see the big CB we mentioned earlier this week, PJ Mbanasor.

(UPDATE 5:03 pm): Stud CB Kendall Sheffield is considering taking the trip to Norman this weekend for Oklahoma’s Jr. day. The trip is not yet confirmed but the fact that it’s under consideration is of note. Sheffield is another player who has offers from just about every school in the country including schools like Alabama, Ohio State, LSU and Texas. Once I hear about Sheffields firm decision one way or another I will pass the info along.

(UPDATE: 7:51 pm): Oklahoma has offered Florida OT, Christian Pellage.

(UPDATE: 7:53 pm): OU target, Larry Pryor, has committed to Texas A&M. He’s part of the Texas “fab 5″ I believe which includes among others Daylon Mack and OU target Malik Jefferson.


  • Jordan Esco

    Based on these first two offers, IMO it’s pretty clear what the current intention at QB in this 2015 looks to be.

    They have what they feel is a good amount of depth, so they feel comfortable taking a chance w/ some guys who are more of that “athlete” playing the QB position.

    Makes sense. It’s obviously a (somewhat) high risk/high reward type proposition, but one that could ultimately pay dividends down the road.

  • Jordan Esco
  • Sooner Ray

    Stidham looks like a solid passer with some good read skills but Ketchum looks like one of those special athletes that doesn’t come along every year. So smooth and natural looking in his open field running. If we can get out there next year and win a championship, athletes like these will be getting in line.

  • Steve Johns

    Can’t tell much about Ketchum’s passing but he’s a runner. Stidham is a great looking prospect, dude can sling it.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Sooner Ray

      Hope all these ’15 kids can stay fired up for another year. Could be a HUGE class!

  • Sooner316

    Great article on Orso, seems like a good kid and you can tell he already really loves OU. That’s the kind of kids we need on our team. Also, think he’s gonna be a stud.

    • lovethemsooners

      Me too. I think Alabama(as well as the rest of the SEC) will be sorry they couldn’t keep this kid closer to home.

  • Truman12

    You guys doing a great job and thanks for all the great information.

  • Jake

    So say Frison to ASU, and McNeill to Louis or IU. Will the coaches finally offer Hill or do they just scrap OT for the yr?

    • Jordan Esco

      In that scenario, the only 2014 guy I’d see them taking is a late JUCO signee but I’m not even entirely sold they’d do that. IMO, would probably just save the ship for 2015.

      • Shifty

        Yeah I’d save the ship and try to get an EE juco that can compete immediately because depth will be an issue in 15

    • Sooner Ray

      We are talking more about Frison more than the ASU people, hopefully the recruit takes notice of that. Still baffled at the trouble we seem to have landing top notch linemen year after year.

      • Josh

        Don’t want to point fingers here but you have to think there is some correlation between recruiting drop off and recent coaching changes. Coach B looks to be turning that around but it takes a few years sometimes.

  • John Garner

    Thanx!! As always, the info is much appreciated.

  • dahldennsull

    Good info here guys. Frison’s delay makes me feel better in that he has been so mature about his decision, I think he will boil it down to coming to OU where there will be an opening next year, and we have sent kids to the NFL which he wants.

    Also, agree with the way the QB is going. Think Stidham is good enough he won’t want to be buried behind some kids, and think he might go to Tech with Sexy Kliff selling him on being TT’s JFF. Would love to get Ketchum, his speed and quickness is crazy. Seems like he is a combined runner of TK and KT last year, with Kendal’s quickness and TK’s speed, which is scary. I’m sure he’s behind both as a passer, but with Thomas and Hansen waiting in the wings, he would have several years to work with Heupel.

    Hope we can keep this momentum as others have said, 2015 could be special with the kids we are bringing in. Sheffield, Hillard, Lodge, Miller, McKenzie, Jefferson and Daniels is just crazy talent at junior days, not to mention the good o-lineman and kids we have committed

  • Leroy Jenkins

    I agree with “dahldennsull” on Stidham. He’s a legend down here in west Texas and it’ll be hard getting him away from Tech, Baylor, UT, or even TCU. Now if TK is a Heisman contender and we go to the playoff…that would help.

    The guy who looks like an absolute superstar is that QB Torrance Gibson from Florida. Anyone and everyone will offer that guy, he looks incredible. If he came to OU he could be our version of Cam Newton.

    Just curious, how important is Jr. Day for OU in evaluating talent? And is it a big deal that a player chose to attend OU’s Jr. Day as opposed to UT or any other school?

    • Sooner Ray

      That Gibson appears to be every bit of that 6’4″ 200lb, and the kid can fly as well as fling it. We’re not on his list yet but our coaches should at least throw him a bone and see if he’ll bite on it.

    • Super Keith

      Attending junior day is a bigger deal for kids that come in from out of state (or have to travel along way). Since it’s on their own dime, it takes a certain level of interest to commit themselves to something like that. However, there isn’t a huge correlation in attending a specific school’s junior day and signing with that school. A lot of these guys will attend several junior days at different schools, as they actually use it to make themselves better players.

      So, I’d say it’s the “first step” in getting a recruit, but you can’t read much into it.

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Thanks for explaining that. At the very least, it’s good these guys are interested in OU enough to come on their own dime.

  • Jordan Esco

    Some other Junior Day names I’ve been able to gather via Twitter (my apologies if some have already been mentioned here): Jalin Barnett, Alex Ofodile, Connor Dyer, Keaton Sutherland.

  • Jackson1006

    Love the updates, my favorite sooner site by far.
    I think linemen are the hardest to evaluate in HS because there is a man amongst boys thing with their level of competition. Add in that these are kids who still grow and fill out…Bottomline is we always seem to develop good O linemen out of some random place, I am not that concerned (D line is different).
    I also believe an area that is overlooked is our lack of longspeed or game breaking speed on O for next year. The ability to stretch the field made a difference against OSU and BAMA and conversely shut us down vs Texas. We have many great receivers returning but none really in the Jalen Saunders explosive role. I feel Quick is perhaps our biggest priority for recruiting in that context.

  • Jordan Esco

    Per Rivals’ Rob Cassidy, OU has offered 2017 (yes, 2017) offensive lineman out of Arizona, Kayden Lyles.

    2017, huh? Coach Bedenbaugh ain’t messin’ around.

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3289529/kayden-lyles#

    • Sooner Ray

      Lol!, I’m all for getting these kids interested in OU but I have to wonder how long it will be before a coach hands an offer to a mother giving birth?

      • Jordan Esco

        It can get pretty ridiculous and isn’t likely to get better any time soon. If there is any saving grace (and there really isn’t), bare in mind these “offers” are just like when a kid commits. In that there is nothing in writing, they’re just verbal like a commitment is until the kid signs his NLI.

        • Sooner Ray

          I don’t have any problem with them getting on board, regardless of how early, because if you don’t get them interested they may not look your way.

    • Jordan Esco
    • Atlantasooner

      Have to think that Kish got tipped off on this cannot miss kid. His video is good.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Apparently Norvell coached the kid’s dad in college.

  • Josh

    Any info on Gregory Little the big OT out of Allen? OU has quite the Allen connection right now with the Evans bros, several wrestlers, a baseball player, and a basketball player either in Norman or on their way next year. Not a bad school to have strong ties with!!

    • Jordan Esco

      He reportedly holds an OU offer, but being a 2016 kid the focus is obviously more on 2014 & 2015 at the moment. As you’ve said, OU’s ties to Allen certainly shouldn’t hurt their chances.

  • Josh

    You think Orso is going to hear it from Coach Stoops about saying talking to him is like talking to your “Grandpa” ha!!!

    • Super Keith

      I think Orso’s father was absent and he only really knew his grandfather, so he probably means it the same way guys say “it’s like talking to your father”.

      But yeah, I bet Bob would give it to him if he heard.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      Considering the situation I’m sure Coach Stoops will feel honored and humbled by what Orso said IMO.

      • Sooner Ray

        Stoops has likely already had a good laugh about it and will give the kid a hard time for it (in a fun way).

        • Sonny Schovanec

          No doubt.

        • blaster1371

          Stoops does a great “old codger” impersonation on Monday press conferences.

          • Sooner Ray

            He treats the media like he’s the grumpiest of the grumpier old men. I love it!

    • blaster1371

      Where I teach (been there for 21 years) Iv’e gone from my students calling me “like a brother” to “like a dad”…..and if I am wearing a sweater vest “I get the “like a grandpa” thrown my way. At 47 I have convinced myself teenagers have no perspective on age..kind of like they have no perspective about loud or mortality.

  • Dr. Ossy

    Anyone know what’s going on with Tee Shepard? First he was on track to qualify and OU was looking like his choice. Then he apparently wasn’t going to qualify so he enrolled in another JUCO in Cali. Now he’s going to qualify and is visiting Miss State? I’m confused.

    • Jordan Esco

      That’s pretty much the status quo w/ Shepard. I don’t think anyone will truly know what he’s going to do until whichever school actually receives his signed letter of intent.

      I’ve heard a rumor that he’s going to sign w/ Miss State, but that is strictly a rumor and not one I’d put a ton of faith in at the moment. Doesn’t mean it can’t happen, so see Paragraph 1.

      • Steve Cooke

        1 more year in juco.

        • Jordan Esco

          I don’t believe so. What I’ve heard is that he could graduate this summer, then enroll wherever he signs. Which, if true, means just one more semester.

  • Isaac Wright

    Does anyone know if stoops visited adoree Jackson today or did Jackson cancel?

    • Jordan Esco

      I thought it was supposed to happen Wednesday and I cannot confirm that it did not take place, but w/ him eliminating OU prior to either of those days I would suspect Stoops didn’t waste his time.

  • pitbull17

    Ketchum is elusive and has crazy good vision. I realize the video is only a little over a minute but it doesn’t take much to see how well this kid see’s the field from the pocket and how good he see’s the lanes when he take off running. I’d love to see more film on this kid.

    • Sooner Ray

      Yeah Pit, I watched the film on him and I was impressed. The way he just feels his way around the field is exciting.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      I love the kid Pit. He is crazy athletic. With the right setting and coaching he could be special.

  • Atlantasooner

    Previously, Sheffield in interviews stated that he grew up an OU fan. Right now he’s the best CB in Texas. Not even close.

  • Ryan

    Sheffield grew up an OU fan but is only “considering” the trip to Norman? Hasn’t he already visited other schools?

  • Ryan

    Sheffield grew up and OU fan but is only “considering” visiting OU? Makes no sense. Hasn’t he already visited other schools?

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Man some LSU fan posted this 247sports board link to Deondre Clark’s twitter: http://t.co/DESliynhgX

    Wanted to say again how much I appreciate this site not being like that. Some of those comments over there are straight malicious.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      Those boards over there are not only malicious towards the coaches but also the kids. It starts at the top. The Brainiacts set the tone here.

    • Sooner Ray

      I think some people use message boards to release frustration. Or they are angry because they don’t have a nice free one like we have!

  • connie usa

    Deja vu for some of us “older” folk. It’s nice to see so many highly ranked kids considering OU.

    • Sooner Ray

      You ain’t alone sister! Lol.

  • Sooner Ray

    Do you know what kind of dialogue there has been with Christian Pellage or have you seen any film on him? I’m sure he must have a lot of potential if they laid out the offer.

  • Adrian

    Courtney Garnett just Committed

    • Sooner Ray

      Sweet Jesus!, You better not be jerking our chain!

    • Sonny Schovanec

      sweet, good player. Watch his film. Great motor.

  • blaster1371

    Something just went down. Stoops tweeted “BOOM 504″ made reference to Gumbo. I was cruising ESPN site and saw it pop up in the margin about a minute ago.

    • Sooner Ray

      It’s Courtney Blaster! there’s a good picture of Stoops and him shaking hands on twitter.

      • blaster1371

        He was one most thought was a lock to go to OU. Nice to have that one in the fold (as much as can be before signing day).

        Thanks. I was trying to figure out who was in that area. I was thinking Louisiana. Garnett is in the Houston area, right?

        • Sooner Ray

          I think he’s a NOLA boy, or was at one time.

          • blaster1371

            I just checked, he is in New Orleans. I have no idea why I was thinking Houston.

          • Sooner Ray

            You had Texass on the brain because that boy will earn a living chasing whorns!

  • Indy_sooner

    YESSIR!! Garrett committed today