ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post | Tuesday, June 24th (UPDATE 1:09 pm)

- Yesterday Oklahoma made a couple of 2016 QB offers.

One of the offers went out to dual-threat QB and current Arizona commit, Shea Patterson out of Shreveport, Louisiana. We caught up with Patterson and he said that he actually attended the OU satellite camp in Mesquite and performed really well. He said that he is just now getting to know coach Heupel but they are building a great relationship.

The other offer went out to another dual-threat QB. This one went out to Shane Buechele from Arlington, Texas. We had a chance to briefly chat with Buechele and hope to speak to him a little more this week but it was clear in our initial exchange that he is definitely interested in OU. Buechele said that Oklahoma has been recruiting him for a while and he has already had a chance to visit Oklahoma.

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- Also related to QB news, Torrance Gibson announced on twitter last night that he will be changing his commitment date. He was originally scheduled to commit after his sr. season. He recently spent a week in Knoxville and announced the Vols as his leader. So if the changed commitment date means he’ll be committing before he takes any officials then Tennessee will be the likely winner. OU’s chance was in a lot of ways contingent on him dragging out his timeline so we’ll have to wait and see when this new commitment date is scheduled and whether Torrance will still take any official visits.

- Had a long talk 2015 DE target, Gabriel Campbell this past weekend. I’ve had a chance to chat with Campbell a number of times and he has to be one of the most interesting recruits I’ve come across. For a young man that just turned 17 a few weeks ago, he really has the maturity of a grown man on and off the field. Gabriel is in regular contact with coach Montgomery and it seems to me that the biggest threat to OU is going to be Miss. State. However, I will say this…there are a lot of people who believe Miss. State is going to be the automatic winner because of the proximity and because of the tradition at Yazoo City (Fletcher Cox was from Yazoo City) and because of his long standing relationship with Miss. State. And while that may be where he ends up, his interest in OU is real. But what is more, it’s clear that he puts a lot of stock into his relationship with a coach and if Miss. State wins it will likely be because, as he’s told me…Miss. State DL coach “checks on me all the time…stays in touch all the time and makes sure everything is good”.

Gabriel is a unique person who you can’t box in. He has an independence and a maturity about him that makes me feel like he’s not just going to go to a school because everyone else is or because it’s the closest thing to him. Miss. State is having to work hard to win his commitment. Gabriel told me that he still very much intends to take his trip to OU this fall for an official visit.

Gabriel has an older brother that plays baseball in Wyoming so it would seem that distance isn’t going to deter Gabriel if he feels the right place is out of state.

- Most of you know by now that star WR John Humphrey decommitted from Baylor last night. Based on our recent conversations with Humphrey it didn’t come as a total surprise but I personally thought it would happen later. I checked in with Humphrey and he said that he still plans on taking a trip a to Norman for his second visit in July. Things can change but at this point it feels less like “if” and more like “when” he’ll commit to OU.

- On a related note Baylor fans got a second bit of bad news yesterday. One of their top WR recruits from their 2013 class, Robbie Rhodes is no longer with the team. Not necessarily directly OU related but with this Rhodes loss, the decommitment of Humphrey and the decommitment of Louis Brown earlier this month, things haven’t been so hot for Baylor.

- Back in late May, we gave y’all a pretty promising update on Jordan Phillips based on a source who was kind enough to update us (here). NewsOK offered up an update on Phillips yesterday straight from Coach Mike Stoops mouth. It includes a couple great quotes. You can check it out here.

Just to add a little bit of “insider” information to the Jordan Phillips story; we were told that Phillips was actually in tremendous pain early in the season last fall. We were told that it was amazing that he made it as far as a he did into the season, playing all the way through the ND game. The amazing thing is, if he was playing through back pain and was as dominant as we all say him be last year…what might we expect this season with a healthy back once he has a chance to re-adjust to game speed ? One would have to think that by mid-season he could be an absolute game changer.

We’ll talk more about what were hearing about the front seven later but this is just more good news!

- Millwood, DE, Joshua Little picked up another offer yesterday. This time from Kansas State. Little now has accumulated several offers. We first introduced y’all to him a while back in our OK Preps Feature (here). At the time he didn’t have any offers but as we noted at that time, he felt like a player who would certainly pick up a few.

- Recent OU DE offer, Tyrell Jacobs out of Louisiana made a visit to Tulane yesterday. We asked him how the visit was and he said it was nice but, “I can’t wait to get up there (to Norman)…”

- UPDATE (9:40 am): CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler is reporting that Bob Stoops could soon be joining the CFB coaches $5 million-per-year club with the OU regents expected to approve a revised contract for the Sooners head ball coach. Essentially OU would just be moving up the current escalators in Stoops’ existing contract that were set to take effect, pushing him over the $5 million mark, in 2016.

- UPDATE (1:09 pm): 2015 WR & OU offer, Alex Ofodile, has reportedly committed to Oregon. Which comes as somewhat of a surprise as up until recently it was believed the Sooners and Missouri were out in front.


  • http://batman-news.com JR Kamm

    You guys bring so much information. I really appreciate all that you do. Definitely the best site on the web for OU football recruiting news.

  • Kevin Fielder

    Thanks for all the great insight. You guys are the best. After my Bible, and coffee, it’s straight to TFB…thanks again!

    • hOUligan

      And a shout to some of the guys on here who put in the extra time and share info or are/were coaches and share insight on the game itself. This is some true networking. And with a minimum of ego fired posting and posturing so far. Love this place. Cannot say how much I appreciate you for providing this, TFB.

      • J.K. Abbott

        hOUligan you nailed it on the ego part. As posters we disagree on stuff but generally it doesn’t get to the point of being rude or obnoxious.

      • PLAW0720

        There are so many good things about this board, but one of the most refreshing is the lack of pre-pubescent posters getting into a peeing contest. TFB’s are hard working and humble. There recruiting insights and player evaluations are spot on. For guys like me who played some and have been serious Sooner fans for more than four decades, this site is pure gold. There is not a day that I check-in that I don’t learn something new about the game or the team. BOOMER

  • Jim

    You know, it’s a real shame you guys cannot post any quality material or insight…. ;-)

  • Sooner Ray

    Some of the Baylor shine seems to be wearing off. Doubt we get Gibson so these QB offers are huge, even getting one of them will keep us in good shape.

    • Eric Hoffpauir

      It seems like it was only yesterday that Baylor fans were taunting us about their recruiting “dominance.”

  • SoonerfanTU

    Maybe this has been mentioned before, but is Shane Buechele related to ex-Texas Ranger Steve Buechele?

    • SoonerfanTU

      Just googled it and found out he is. I knew Steve had a son that played baseball at OU, didn’t know he also had two daughters that are at OU currently. That has to help our chances some.

      Where did Steve go to college (if he did)?

      • Jordan Esco

        Garrett was the other son who played for OU Baseball

      • SoonerPhins

        Steve went to Standford I believe

        • Ssdude

          Yes, Steve went to Stanford and his roomate at Stanford was John Elway.

        • Brian

          S-T-A-N-F-O-R-D

      • Super K

        Good note!

  • Jordan Esco

    Admittedly my attempt to read the tea leaves, but between the Gibson news and Heupel suddenly dropping multiple QB offers….I’d say the odds look fairly strong of this 2015 class not having a QB.

    • SoonerPhins

      I would say that I am ok with that. Maybe OU could add another lineman or a Linebacker with that scholarship

      • Zack

        I agree they may still take a walk on from a local qb. But I think the numbers are good enough that this could end up being a huge depth building class so I’m all for beefing up the lines. I think not taking a qb helps us possibly take 2 receivers or whitfield.

      • hOUligan

        Definitely 2 areas, ILB and OL, where the extra schollie is needed.

      • soonerinks

        Totally agree, ILB and OL are the positions of greatest need.

        • J.K. Abbott

          I’m glad I’m not the only one concerned with ILBer depth. More so the OLine IMO .

    • Kevin Fielder

      Do you think the Mayfield play back in the Spring plays into this a little?

      • J.K. Abbott

        I think you nailed it.

      • Jordan Esco

        IMO, no. I just think Gibson fell in love w/ Tennessee. Credit to Butch Jones and his staff for working him hard.

        • Super K

          And credit whoever arranged for him to spend a week in Knoxville.

          • Jordan Esco

            Absolutely. Good point.

          • Jeff Poole

            Must be the country music or barbecue… how else can a program that’s literally been in the basement of the SEC for years pull off this kind of back to back recruting class.

          • soonerinks

            Tennessee is an absolutely beautiful state, close to home for a lot of these kids and there is some good history there (might be a few other inducements also).

          • ND52

            True but how do you look at that neon orange uniform and think, “this would look great on me”?

          • soonerinks

            You do have a legitimate point!

          • ToatsMcGoats

            Or ANY orange uniform for that matter.

          • J.K. Abbott

            Amen on that inks. I love the smokey mtns. There are some sweet Courses in the Eastern Smokies. Some Jack Nicholas courses. Bear Tracks. About the only thing I don’t like about the state is the drive through it. Long state. It takes forever.

          • ND52

            I’ll put Oklahoma BBQ up against any other area’s BBQ any day of the week.

          • Boom

            Glad someone pointed that out.

        • J.K. Abbott

          My point was that It seems that OU is moving forward in 2015 and seem content in not taking a QB until 2016. I would argue that OU would be offering a few more QB’s for 2015 based on Gibson’s seemingly love for UT if not for the emergence of Mayfield in the Spring. Gibson doesn’t seem too shook up about the commitments at Q that UT already has.

        • http://www.creditbrite.com Clint Lenard

          And credit the bagman who transferred from Auburn to Tennessee just in time.

      • hOUligan

        If you mean in the sense that the OU staff seems content to play a pat hand beyond Gibson, IMHO ‘yes’, think they got their 2015 QB on campus. Even though he will only have a couple of years, he provides solid depth, if nothing else, with Thomas and Hansen until the 2016 guys get to campus and get some reps.

        • J.K. Abbott

          That’s what I meant by “you nailed it”. By no means did I mean Gibson going to UT because Shake Mayfield’s emergence.

    • Jim

      The only 2015 QB offer I really liked was Stidham, so I’m totally okay with heavily pursuing our 2 2016 offers and calling it a day for a 2015 QB. With Thomas and Hansen in the wings, and even Mayfield, I’m not concerned long-term about our QB situation.

      • roygbell

        Maybe Heupel will reward Mayfield with a scholarship?

        • J.K. Abbott

          That would be nice but from what I hear money isn’t an issue with Shake.

    • SoonerfanTU

      Shouldn’t be a problem/issue, given our current depth. Of course, somebody leaving early could change that, but hopefully that doesn’t happen. I think that is why they wanted Gibson anyways. As raw as he was, he wouldn’t be upset with not playing early in his career, b/c he probably wouldn’t be ready.

      • Doobie74OU

        Agree about our depth. It seems as if Mayfield is at OU till he graduates because he is giving up a lot to be here. So even if Thomas or Hansen transfer out we should be in good shape! It is great how deep our team is getting at so many positions!

    • Fear The Magic

      I think that not taking a 2015 QB could actually work to our benefit. Telling a high quality 2016 QB recruit that theres no one directly ahead of him can be a BIG selling point. Basically youre saying…commit..redshirt one year and its all yours.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Boom I think you are right on Mr Fear the Magic!!

  • OUWade

    If Gibson were to commit to Tennessee and still want to take an official visit to Oklahoma (specifically, for the game against Tennessee) how does the staff handle that? Do they just bring him in and do everything they can to turn him, or do they get concerned about him just coming to watch the game and possibly sway opinions of other recruits that are there?

    I remember David Oku from Carl Albert coming to the Miami game and openly rooting for Miami and trying to talk other guys in that group to go there. Depending on the person, it just seems like it could work against you a little bit.

    • http://batman-news.com JR Kamm

      Good point, Wade. Sure don’t need anything working against us if we can prevent it.

    • Steven White

      Personally I would drop him if he gives his verbal to another school. Gibson looks the part of an elite athlete but not an elite QB. Looking at the hudl film on the 2016 guys I am not sure Gibson would be able to compete with either.

      • blaster1371

        I agree. I am not that impressed by Gibson. I think OU has enough quality QB talent in the stable. OU will be fine with a solid QB in the class of 2016.

        • Doobie74OU

          Are we saying that Gibson is not OU good!?!? LOL JK! I agree totally Gibson was a great high ceiling athlete but not absolutely necessary QB for this class!

    • SoonerfanTU

      I think you’d have to weight how genuine he is about OU at that point. If he is legit still interested, and wants to see a big home game, maybe. If OU coaches get the feeling he just wants a free ticket to see Tennessee play a big road game, I doubt I’d bring him in. Probably be a big recruiting weekend anyways, don’t really need a distraction, IF that is what Gibson would be.

    • http://www.creditbrite.com Clint Lenard

      Speaking of Oku, did he ever get picked up by an NFL team?

      • Travis Coyle

        He left Tennesse to go back to MWC for a year until he reached out to Arkansas state. He had one good year there. I remember that guy being strange. He isn’t in the NFL.

  • Roger Nixon

    Thanks for the info on Jordan Phillips. I’ve been a big fan of his since he was a jr in HS and it has been torture to wait for him to get healthy and show what he can really do.

    • J.K. Abbott

      JP is a freak of nature.

      • Doobie74OU

        Amen preach it J.K! AMAZING if he was playing hurt last year!

        • J.K. Abbott

          And Hallelujah too boot doobie.

      • Boom

        Glad he has the summer to get in shape and I read where MS wants his weight down some. Curious as to what weight he could play his best. 325?

        • Fear The Magic

          I know at 340 he can do a back flip but Im guessing at 325 he could probably do a double back flip with a full gainer thrown in.

        • J.K. Abbott

          What’s he weigh now?? And what did he play at last year before surgery. That sucker can do a standing tuck at over 300#’s. That’s crazy.

          • Boom

            Not to take the attention away from JP cause he will an AA. However, I’m interested in Deonte Renyolds who is a JC guy that is 6’5 325. He is another big guy like JP. Also, I think he plays on the same side of the ball with Takkarist McKinley. Both of those guys are good players.

          • J.K. Abbott

            Are they the guys that play JUCO in Cali??? I can slightly remember watching them a month or so ago

          • Boom

            Yea, you need to go back and watch. I would like to get your insight on both of those guys. These guys are good and I think we are going after them pretty hard. We’ll see.

          • J.K. Abbott

            I’ll check it out this PM at cigar and cold drink time.

          • Boom

            cigar of choice? AVO and some film watching may be the call.

          • J.K. Abbott

            Everyday cigar (for the price) any of the Rocky Patel edges or any of the Fuentes except the green. Now for special occasion or a victory cigar like Coach Norvel’s tradition I like the Camacho line especially the red band Camacho. If it’s a big win I’ll pay for the Camacho Ditka 89 smoke. At $13 a stick definitely not a everyday smoke.

          • J.K. Abbott

            There’s just something about that Camacho with the red band. Kind of spicy. On the strong side of medium, consistent and they burn awesome. You can burn a 4 or 5″ ash w/o it dropping with no runners. What I really like about them after the 1/3 of the cigar the best is yet to come. The second third is awesome and the last third even better. I burn my fingers up because I don’t want to give it up.

          • J.K. Abbott

            Boom what’s your favorite AVO and I will check it out. The lounge I go too has about a 700 square foot humidor. I’m working myself around and haven’t gotten to the AVO yet. If your ever up in TTown hit me up on here and we will have a cigar and talk ball.

          • Boom

            Always want to learn more, can’t get enough and it would be a pleasure.

    • soonerinks

      I would think our LB’ers are probably pulling for his healthy return more than any of us.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Well stated inks.

  • Jim

    Any chance we can get an update on James Proche? The guy was ridiculous at the UA camp, and I’ve been hoping OU would jump on him. Given the recent WR offer developments and possible commitments in the near future, I would like to know if there’s anything going on with him. Thanks!

    • Zack

      He seems pretty set on smu.

      • Gary Robbins

        Can you think of any other college team that has two better running backs for 2014 than Mixon and Perine?

        • Zack

          Lsu is probably the only one you can say did better if you want to give them a huge edge for fournette. They got a 5 & 4 star. We did the same and it doesn’t look like anyone else did. But if fournette is overrated and perine underrated then in 4 years we may say ou had the better backs. I honestly think we will look back at the 2014 class as one of the best

          • SoonerPhins

            That also plays into coaching. OU might have the upper hand there.

          • Zack

            Exactly and both have a good track record ou is a little better. Also perine could have been rated higher I imagine his knee injury his sophomore year hurt his ranking a bit.

          • Fear The Magic

            Fournette is a beast thats for sure. The kid looks like he can go from HS right into the NFL if he wanted.

          • Zack

            Yeah I just hate when I hear anyone called the next AD. No one is going to bust on the scene like that. I wasn’t overwhelmed by fournettes highlights to me all the top running backs and wide receivers look the same. Every one of them is usually the best athlete in their school but when they get to college so is everyone else.

          • Eric Hoffpauir

            There’s only a few standouts that I’ve seen that have ever compared to AD in HS. Like Marcus Dupree.

          • Boom

            Agreed. AD is great but more importantly, his work ethic is off the charts and he’s a super star. That doesn’t happen often which is the difference with AD. AD did this in HS and I doubt many if any worked as hard as he did then or still to this day.

          • Zack

            I’m not sure where fournette would fall in this but I believe I read that Peterson was the best prospect rivals ever evaluated and clowney was 2nd. I think Peterson still surprised some people. It’s a shame he should have been the first freshman to win the heisman.

          • Chase Korenek

            You took the words right out of my mouth. The top RB and WR look great in high school, but lets be honest, most of the kids they are playing against are not college level/NFL talent. It all evens out when they start playing at the college level.

          • http://www.creditbrite.com Clint Lenard

            Fournette is overrated.

    • Super K

      Last I spoke to James he was definitely interested in OU and there was some interest on OU’s end as well it seemed. But there just isn’t room. It sounds like OU is looking to take 1 or maybe 2 WRs this year and with things looking good with Humphrey and possibly Newsome as well there probably won’t be anymore WR offers extended.

      • http://batman-news.com Mr. Jones

        Do you think we still have a shot with Alex Ofodile? Wasn’t he planning on taking an official to OU?

      • hOUligan

        Am guessing between Humphrey and Newsome, OU has 1 higher on their board than the other but both higher than Proche, even though both are more suited to slot guys and Proche brings something different. Wouldn’t mind them taking 1 slot, 1st to commit, and then Ofodil or maybe Proche, since they got Quick last year.

        • Gary Robbins

          Great position for Mr. Norvell to be in. Humphrey,Newsome, Norman, Holmes, Proche, or Ofodile.

          • hOUligan

            And in a year where OU only takes 2, maybe. And as Zack said above, Holmes has OU high on his list. Doesn’t mean he would definitely come. Someone is going to have to pull the trigger or not going to get to be a Sooner.

      • Jim

        Well naturally Texas seems to think they’re immediately a huge player for Humphrey, and I thought the general sentiment around Newsome was that he’s always been a Texas lean. I have no idea regarding Humphrey’s interest, or lack thereof, in Texas, but it would seem like a prudent move to stay in constant contact with a player like Proche? The dude completely schooled Tolliver at the UA combine (4 times!), so why would you not more heavily pursue that kind of talent?

        My only retort to my own argument would be b/c the coaches already know they have one or the other in the bag.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Good problem too have if your wearing Crimson.

  • Gary Robbins

    Probably everybody has already read these stories. Allen Kennedy (blatant sports homerism fame-I think) was a participant in a Athlon Sports survey on best stadiums in the Big 12. There were 10 or 12 participants. You guessed it-OU blew away the competition. Recently read another story that Norman was the 2nd best college town in the country. There is only one!

  • soonerinks

    Saw the update on the revised contract for Bob Stoops and agree 100%. The guy is a class act, great coach and brings nothing but class to our university. We are very lucky to have him.

    • J.K. Abbott

      Agree a 100% with you on Stoops. His track record speaks for itself. Joe C made a great point about OU coaches salary’s. A qoute I’ve used often. “There is a cost for success and there also is a cost for failure. Which one do you want to pay. IMO only one other coach should make more in the Double AA being Saben. That’s not easy for me to say.

  • SoonerPhins

    Speaking of WR scholarships available, Does OU still take Stanley Norman if Humphrey and Newsome commit?

    • Ed Cotter

      Isn’t Norman also classified as an athlete? Would imagine OU takes him as they can use him as a DB if needed. Let me know if I am off base here, please.

      • SoonerPhins

        He is listed as a CB and ATH, but he has expressed wanting to be a WR. Also Jay Norvell is his main recruiter.

        • Boom

          Can he run a sub 4.3? Looks like we have the opportunity to get 2 extremely fast kids. Not sure where he would fit but he is a great athlete.

          • Zack

            I will say this Norman is fast enough so is Holmes who listed ou in top 5. When you see sub 4.4 you have to question it but I think there’s no doubt newsome and Humphrey are under that mark. I want both of them but if Holmes commits before one or the other then I think norvell and stoops would take it.

  • Ed Cotter

    I am more than satisfied with what OU has in the stable in regards to QBs, so if one isn’t taken for 2015, no big deal. Start working on those 2016 guys Josh.

    • soonerinks

      This

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      I think the coaches see it that way, too.

  • Boom

    I watched Jacobs film again and I think he could bring a lot of options for MS. K, were do you see him playing on D and at what weight in college.

  • Josh

    Man I was excited about the DLine when I was just expecting big JP back at last years level. If he was playing through pain and limited last year… whoa this could be a devastating group. With the depth they have guys will be rotating and staying fresh plus the versatility of the group give Coach Mike so many options. Can you imagine the packages they will come up with on 3rd and longs!!!

  • soonermusic

    Nice interview in NewsOK, with more insight from Gundy about OU’s attitude toward recruiting here.

    • Kody K.

      Thanks soonermusic. Good story.

  • Don Mitchell

    I cant belive that Cale Gundy only makes 365,000 a year good grief
    AD, D Murray, B Clay, Millard, Finchster, the list goes on and we are talking about the #1 and #3 RB in the NFL….
    Time for some ka ching! for our man Gundy……realizing he is already one of the highest paid, heck 39% goes to taxes honestly who can live on $240,000 a year!!!

    • Daryl

      yes but I think someone released last week that he his one of the 5 highest paid RB coaches in the country.

      • SoonerPhins

        He came in at #6 behind LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas, and Auburn.

        • http://www.creditbrite.com Clint Lenard

          Which is funny, since A&M’s second best RB (but could be the #1 guy) last year was a guy that Gundy recruited and received a commitment from in 2011.

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          He should get way more than any of the coaches at those Schools, no doubt.

  • lulzer

    I would be shocked if Buechele does not commit to OU. Garret enjoyed his time in Norman and his sister, Amber, will be in Norman very soon.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      I think our biggest competition for Buechele would be Stanford, where his dad played. He seemed to really light up whenever they were mentioned in an interview I saw, and mentioned several times that they were a School he was really interested in. The fact that his siblings went to OU is huge, though, should help a bunch.

      • lulzer

        Steve and Nancy love OU. Amber could have gone anywhere too, but chose OU. Again, I’d be shocked.

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          Ah, okay. I didn’t know, just going off of how he seemed in the interview.

  • Chase Korenek

    The crazy thing about Phillips is his natural athletic ability. Several years back, I cannot remember if I read or heard from another OU player, but Phillips can stand with both feet together, do a back-flip and land on his feet. I don’t care what sport you play. If you’re that big and can do that, that is pure athletic ability.

    • EasTex

      Coach Stoops has talked about Phillips doing the back flip.

      • Boom

        He’s been told he can’t do that anymore. I just want him to make the centers do a back flip.

        • EasTex

          Yeah…and the RBs and the QBs and anybody else in a different color uni.

    • soonermusic

      you left out that he did it in full pads. Pretty sure there was video on that espn thing.

  • Jordan Esco
  • Stephen

    Any news on McKinley Whitfield and his status with OU?

    • ToatsMcGoats

      This.

  • rphdenton

    1) is tfb making any headway with plans to be able to cover fall practice, and practices in general, like they did before ‘the changes’
    2) re stoops $$…he’s apparently going to hit 5M anyway at a later date……….would rather they take care of the assts if there’s a choice

  • Zack

    So ofodile to Oregon. Please tell me this is enough to offer dahu if they will let norvell take a big wr.

    • Jim

      Did not see Oregon coming. Well at least he didn’t go SEC or Big12. Kid is smooth. And they’re not going to take a big WR this year unless he’s at a DGB level (sans the drama). We’re still in solid positions with Humphrey, Newsome, and hopefully Kirk. And like I mentioned earlier, I want Proche running slot but that seems like a long shot now.

      • Zack

        I like proche I think he’s going to get some attention this year a lot of the sites are down on him because of his speed but I don’t notice a lack of speed. He reminds me a lot of broyles in the way he creates enough separation and his frame is similar. But right now like I think you mentioned earlier newsome, Humphrey and Holmes are higher priorities.

        • Jim

          I didn’t say they were higher priorities directly, but it seems all the recent activity surrounding OU WR offers has been related to Humphrey and Newsome. And the news has been generally positive, so that’s why I said we’re still in good positions with those guys. Without directly speaking to Norvell and Co., who knows which guys are actually the top priorities. It seems like our staff is constantly talking to a ton of guys (which is great), so it is difficult to discern who’s the top target at certain positions.

  • Shifty

    How hard were we pursuing Ofodile…seems like we want a shifty slot type this class and someone said he had trouble getting separation at a recent camp

    • Zack

      His film shows a hard time getting separation that’s why I’ve been banging my head about us pursuing him and not dahu. All ofodile did in my opinion was go routes and screens. He did have a few 8 yard curls and I didn’t think he was good in traffic.

    • Jordan Esco

      They were pursuing him pretty hard. If they take two WRs in this class, I think he was as strong a candidate as there was to be that 2nd/non-slot guy.

  • Super Keith

    I’m shocked that Ofodile committed to Oregon. I know it’s easy to say “someone paid him” whenever a recruit goes elsewhere, but I really have to wonder with this one. I thought OU had a shot, but really expected him to end up at Mizzou. Oregon seemed like an “also ran”. Wow.

    • J.K. Abbott

      If he just went up there I can see it happening (committing). The Ducks facilities are ridicules. A lot kids go up there and commit on the spot but after the frills wear off he may rethink it. I would like to see Oregon’s de commitment %%% relative to other schools. Seems like it happens a bunch with them.

      • Super Keith

        That’s exactly what I think happened. He went up there, got wowed and committed. With so much time left, I just think the commit won’t stick. I still think he’ll end up at Missouri.

      • Stephen

        Ducks have a beautiful training facility, couldn’t believe the amount of thought and detail that was put into it. Let’s hope OU can renovate the Switzer Center to be more appealing to recruits.

  • Jordan Esco

    Somewhat of an interesting development….Joe Mixon deleted his Twitter account. Mind you, I wasn’t a follower of his so I saw this elsewhere, but still….interesting. If it’s to focus on school/football, as I’m sure any OU fan would hope, then I’m certainly all for it.

    • Zack

      Interesting I wonder if he took that upon himself following Parker’s incident. Everything being said about practices has been glowing about him and perine.
      Also I checked and Tay Evans deleted the photo of him and Thad lagrone where it appeared they were drinking.

    • Sooner Ray

      Stoops may have gathered all the new guys and scared the s&!t out of them, timing would be about right.

      • Zack

        Agree

      • J J

        This

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        Something like this, I would imagine:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngHteM8tZTY

        • Sooner Ray

          Yeah Shelby, that’s the nice, welcome to OU speech. When you get called in for the “if anyone of you screw ups bring negative press to this University this summer, this is what’s going to happen to you” speech happens, you can’t air that unless it’s on HBO. I wouldn’t want to be in the room. HAHA.

          • PLAW0720

            I worked with a guy that played with Mike at Iowa. Hayden had a canned standard speech he would put on the Fr when they got to campus. Basically, it was I kissed your a$$ during recruiting, now your a$$ is mine.

    • soonerinks

      I may be wrong, but I seem to remember that the QB’s weren’t allowed to be on twitter, maybe they have expanded the twitter ban.

      • J J

        Maybe not… As Parker’s comment re:MIP was via twitter

  • soonerinks

    Believe it, we are witnessing a revival of Sooner football. I believe that Bob has re-engaged since Mike’s arrival. The hiring of 3 new assistants has generated a new energy to recruiting and we are starting to see the results by the number of quality players that are very interested in OU. And, these guys can coach a recruit up. Also, look at the number of early offers being extended, a direct result of the addition of Montgomery and Bedebaugh. Heck, even Josh is extending early offers which he never did before. I believe that this is going to be a very special class!

  • Jordan Esco

    If you’ve been following along throughout, very little here you shouldn’t already know, IMO. But still for those who maybe haven’t, some “details” regarding OU’s stadium renovation plans.

    http://newsok.com/ou-football-luxury-suites-new-weight-room-fan-amenities-included-in-stadium-renovation-proposal/article/4952778/?page=1

    • ToatsMcGoats

      The comments section has a comment where someone called Tramel out for being scooped by TFB a week ago! Awesome.

      • Jordan Esco

        Really? haha, nice

    • J J

      I was by the Baylor stadium 3 weeks ago, if it’s truly gonna ready in 67 days they need to get it in gear

  • ToatsMcGoats

    Just looked at Buechele’s Hudl film…that kid throws a great deep ball, and shows toughness when running the ball as well. He puts the ball in some good spots for his receivers. I wouldn’t mind having this kid on OUr side!

    http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1902601/highlights/106781375

    • Sooner Ray

      Kid can flat play some ball for someone who still has two years of HS to go. Awesome deep ball.

  • EasTex

    An interesting and long piece about Florida State’s Secret Sauce.

    • J J

      Say it ain’t so… Long?!? Of course, it’s FSU … But I’ll read it

      • Sooner Ray

        FWI, it has nothing to do with BBQ. :-)

        • EasTex

          Or crab legs.

          • J J

            Lololololololol

        • EasTex
        • J J

          Oh my. Don’t mess with a girl & her BBQ!!! When I went to the FSU game in Talky there was no BBQ! But lots of free booze

    • Sooner Ray

      Very interesting.

  • Zack

    I just watched video on both qb offers. I like Patterson a lot reminds me of stafford and can really spin it when on the run. Beuchele based on film is an interesting one looks like a young colt mccoy, not a bad thing but strange for an early offer. I know he had a good showing in the camps so I’m wondering if he’s developed a bigger arm since the end of last season.

    • EasTex

      Haven’t seen Patterson’s film, but Beuchele to me looked very polished for such a young QB.

      • Zack

        Patterson looks like he has a bigger arm and looks good on the run. Beuchele looked very accurate and can zip the ball but I didn’t see him throw very deep. But obviously heupel has seen enough to think he can make all the throws so that’s good enough for me.
        Like i tell this guy I work with “that’s why they’re paid to coach and I’m paid to man the desk.”

  • http://batman-news.com Jim

    SIAP, but apparently Tennessee has backed off Gibson.

    http://www.volnation.com/forum/tennessee-vols-recruiting/196785-15-fl-qb-wr-db-anything-623.html#post10283096

    “Hubbs just dropped a bombshell saying basically Tennessee isn’t recruiting Gibson very hard and that he “wouldnt consider tennessee the leader at this point.””

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Whoa, that’s interesting if true, and unexpected.

    • Stephen

      Wow! Gotta wonder if something went on, or they’re completely invested in their current commit.

    • Super K

      I’m checking on this. Already communicated with a couple people but still don’t have a definitive answer for y’all but we’re working on it.

      • Gary Robbins

        Spending a week at Tennessee-now some rumors they are backing off(I think they already have 2 qb commits for 2015. Read somewhere that Ohio State has backed off, then OU offers two qb’s for 2016. I know you are on this like a chicken on a June bug. Thanks for everything you do.