Madison Open Post | Thursday, May 1st (Updated 1:45 pm)

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- I have to start with some news that got me excited. As most of you know OU signee Dwayne Orso was a big kid. Most sites had him listed at around 6’5 (which is accurate) and around 250+ lbs (which was accurate). Last night my friend down at Homewood sent me with a text saying that Dwayne Orso weighed in this week at 294 lbs! He always told me that Dwayne was “just a baby” and he always insisted that Dwayne still had plenty of growing to do but dang! He said that Dwayne should be 300 lbs by the time he checks in at OU. And the weight isn’t “ho ho weight”. It’s just natural growth and working out.

And by the way, Homewood HS has a couple 2016 DLinemen to watch and I can guarantee you the coaches there will make sure they both take a good look at OU.

- Yesterday one of our favorite 2015 Oklahoma HS players, OG Kaden Clay Jackson out of Kingfisher picked up his second offer from New Mexico. He now has an offer from North Texas and New Mexico. We believe it’s just a matter of time before Jackson picks up a BCS offer. It may not come till his senior season but we believe it will. Oklahoma has seen him and they like him but they want to see him in camp. Kaden weighs around 270 lbs right now and really OU has been looking for 300+ lb interior linemen. Either way we still love seeing Oklahoma kids pull offers. I still contend that Oklahoma talent is vastly underrated but fortunately we’re starting to see more Oklahoma kids pull more offers from more diverse places. And the more kids like Dahu Green, Kaden, Tristan, etc. leave the state and go on to be successful at other programs the more those various programs are going to mine the state.

- Speaking of underrated players we want to introduce y’all to a very athletic and talented 2015 Oklahoma HS Defensive Linemen. His name is Joshua Little out of Millwood, HS. I would encourage all of you to take a look at this young man’s film. He has great size at 6’3/6’4 230 + lbs. He looks like he’s going to grow into a B gap player. And he has great explosion. We’ll have a more extensive write up on him but for now I just wanted to bring him to your attention. He’s a player we believe will garner a lot of attention in the near future and I actually believe he’s a player OU should at least begin to evaluate. This young man is going to see his recruiting really pick up. He’s a high major D1 player on film.

- Last night Oklahoma extended another offensive tackle offer. This time it was to Bowie HS, Madison Akamnonu. We’ll be reviewing his film and asking around about Oklahoma’s chances with Akamnonu. On a related note, we did some checking and it sounds like OU is looking to take 5 and possibly even 6 OLinemen in this class!

- Yesterday coach Jerry Montgomery stopped by George Ranch HS in Richmond, TX to see star defensive lineman Kingsley Keke. I chatted with Keke a bit and he was very excited that coach Montgomery stopped by and it sounds like the visit went well. I plan on speaking to him some more to see if he’s considering a visit to OU but after my initial exchange with him I get the sense that he’s a player we should be recruiting…and obviously we are.

- Coach Jay Norvell was down in east Texas yesterday and he stopped by to visit OU DB target Jaylon Lane.

- UPDATE (1:45 pm): Oklahoma has extended an offer to Indianapolis, Indiana ILB Darrin Kirkland Jr.


  • Brian

    Are you sure that Millwood kid is only around 230? Looks more like 250-260 to me…

  • Jim

    Little looks fantastic, but he needs to get stronger. That’s my only negative on him. Watching his film, he looks like a kid that genuinely loves playing football. Tough, gritty, plays on fire, but skilled and under control. I can see plays where he’s lacking strength, but a RS year under Schmitty would remedy that. Kind of reminds me of a Jeremy Beal-type that could grow into a Charles Tapper-like player.

  • http://batman-news.com Jim

    Here is Madison Akamnonu’s JR hudl film
    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1700498/madison-akanonmu

    • Super K

      Thanks for posing this Jim!

    • Thomas Lenard

      The play that starts at 1:34: Wow! blocking a DE and de-cleats a blitzing DB at the same time. again I say, Wow!

  • EasTex

    Little is an impressive player.
    Passionate, quick and fast, and he finds the football and gets to it so naturally. Don’t know about the level of competition he faces, but he sure seems to possess the ingredients for an excellent DL offer, if he has the grades and personality for it.

    • Super K

      Good grades from what I gather and excellent mentality and work ethic.

      • EasTex

        Eggscellent!

  • J.K. Abbott

    Little kid is impressive. Love the play on the goal line against Davis stopping the dive play.

    • Super K

      Me too bud!

  • L Davis

    Has Orso qualified?

    • Super K

      Yes. He’s good to go :)

  • Zack

    Thanks for the updates. Hopefully norvell is swinging by proche today

    • Super K

      I hope so too. So does Proche. Everyone I talk to is baffled by his lack of offers.

      • Zack

        He could have a big day like the lineman we offered yesterday picking up 3 in one day. But it would be nice to be the first big school to offer. And if that helps with newsome I would think that would be a positive. Based on his film it’s hard to tell what kind of speed he has but he’s kind of built like broyles and if only he has the same type of feel for the game and gets a good connection with a qb he could be special.

  • Shifty

    Good news on Orso..I remember arguing with a poster on another site about Orso..they didn’t like him because he wasn’t ranked high…if he has good weight already then he is further along than I fig he would be…I fig he’d use a red shirt to bulk up…he’ll still most likely rs and learn the scheme and work on tech but man if he gets much bigger they may have to move him inside

    • Super K

      Agree. Coach Montgomery is big on technique so he’ll need the RS for that but I was stunned when I heard how big he is. Might need to grab an extra DE in this class because while Orso was definitely recruited as a DE, he isn’t likely going to end up there.

      • bmrsnr

        Any reason why coach kish was down there to visit Orso recently? check up on the guys you mentioned?

        • Shifty

          most likely recruiting and just stopping to check up on him and see how it’s going…we treat our guys like family

          • Super K

            yep

  • Jared William Reininger

    I can still remember everyone going…who is this Orso kid? when OU offered him. But if you saw his film, you knew he had potential. With that much growth in size…I am even more excited for him to be on campus.

  • tforce

    Double post, sorry

  • tforce

    Re Orso,
    Sorry, if my understanding of the timing is correct, I don’t buy it.
    Having a bit of knowledge about physiology, putting on 40 lb of muscle in 3 – 4 months just doesn’t happened. If you do the math, that’s like 2-3 lb of muscle per week. Even if you’re juicing, that’s exceptional.

    • Borba22

      Obviously it’s not just muscle. It’s most likely just natural weight from growing into his body added with some muscle.

    • Super K

      I think a lot of it is him just growing into manhood. You can even see a difference in his face from last season to now. He looked like a little boy and now his jaw line looks stronger. His facial structure in general just looks more mature.

  • Paul Warfield

    Little looks like an athletic young man for his size, but I don’t know that I saw him use his hands once in the first few minutes of his highlights.

  • Zack

    Offered this afternoon. Top 10 by tonight.

  • Alexander

    The recruiting is looking good for LB, DB, RB at this point. Disappointed in the stance in the other positions, even disregarding the de-commits