ou-twitter-avatar1 OU Jr. Day #2 | Open Post (Updated 10:36 a.m.)

We will use this post to add updates on today’s jr. day. Here are a few of a few starting notes:

– Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, TX) was scheduled to be in Norman, but earlier in the week he let us know that those plans were in jeopardy due to a commitment his father had. Yesterday he confirmed that he will not be able to make it to the OU jr. day. Most are considering the star LB a Texas A&M lean.

– Star DL, Kahlil McKenzie (Concord, CA) is scheduled to be at the jr. day.

– Also, WR Ryan Newsome (Aledo, TX) confirmed earlier in the week that he would be at the jr. day. He seemed very excited about attending.

– TCU commit PJ Mbanasor (Pflugerville, TX) is scheduled to be at today’s jr. day.

– Another TCU commit, DE Breylin Mitchell (Round Rock, TX), told us earlier in the week that he would be attending the jr. day.

– WR John Humphrey (League City, TX) tweeted out yesterday that he will be attendance.

– Also, according to Damon Sayles, LB Anthony Wheeler (Dallas, TX) will be at today’s Oklahoma jr. day.

UPDATE (8:34 am): Forgot to mention that safety Keivon Ramsey (Converse, TX) confirmed he will also be at OU’s jr. day and tweeted out just this morning that he has arrived.

- UPDATE (10:17 am): Several more names to add – OU commit Jamile Johnson, DB Prentice McKinney, and DE/OLB Marvin Terry. OU also bringing in kicker Drew Galitz (Rowlett, TX).

- UPDATE (10:26 am): It’s also worth mentioning that the Sooners are hosting a 2014 (yes, 2014) recruit this weekend as well. Long-snapper Wesley Horky out of Brentwood, TN. He was originally committed to Tennessee and was going to be a preferred walk-on. But Jay Boulware has apparently offered him a scholarship at OU, which led him to reconsider his commitment and take an official visit to Norman this weekend.

It is entirely possible he could wind up committing this weekend (or shortly thereafter) and the Sooners could make a late addition to their 2014 class.

I know, I know….a long-snapper, woo-hoo. But the kid was an Under Armour All-American and is considered one of the best in the country at what he does. Anyone else remember how valuable a special teams weapon James Winchester was as a long-snapper a couple years back?

- UPDATE (10:36 am): Also as reader Gary Robbins pointed out in the comments, the basketball program is hosting 2015 6’5″ shooting guard Austin Grandstaff this weekend on an official visit. Grandstaff Top 50 player nationally and was previously committed to Oklahoma State.


  • Adrian

    This is going to be a great year and class for OU football

    • Adrian

      Also are any commits going to be here today to try and recruit?

      • Fear The Magic

        I believe Evans will be there

        • Stikboy

          I hope the OG from Lawton commits too!

          • Shifty

            Don’t think he can make it..hope for a commit at the spring game

          • Gary Robbins

            I’ve heard he couldn’t make it(was here on Feb. junior day. So far the grapevine has Jalin Barnett, Will Sunderland, Chris Warren III, and Breidon Fehoke due in for Spring game. Subject to change as usual.

          • Jordan Esco

            Unfortunately, Barnett won’t be there this weekend.

      • Gary Robbins

        others that I have heard about:
        Jamile Johnson, Dallas,Tx. (commit)
        Bobby Henry Moore, Ok.
        J.R. Hensley, Edmond, Ok
        Prentice McKinney, Dallas, Tx
        Josh Moore, Olathe, Ks.
        Austin Grandstaff (unofficial visit) high 4 star. Ok. State decommit, Rivals #32 SG 6-5/190… Yeah you guessed it-it’s basketball.(rockwall, Tx.)
        A ton of prospects from Texas.

      • Ed Cotter

        Is the deep snapper that OU is looking at for the 2014 class going to be in today?

        • Jordan Esco

          He is, Ed. I added a note about him above in the post.

          • Ed Cotter

            Thanks Jordan.

  • Sooner Ray

    Sure hope we get some new verbals today.

    • Gary Robbins

      Hoping for at least 2 new commits before next Tuesday.

  • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

    Something is happening in OU recruiting. It’s plainly obvious.

    Can you figure out what it is?

    • Shifty

      Mike is back…real swag + young guys like Monty Bend and Boulware

    • Gary Robbins

      It must be the water in Norman. Some more good news.
      Toby Weathersby, dt, Houston, Tx. OU in top 3
      Ross Donelly, dt, Cypress, Tx. OU in top 5
      Desean Holmes, wr, Pasadena, Ca. OU in top 2
      Soso Jamabo, rb Plano, Tx. OU in top3
      Ronald Jones II, rb, McKinney, Tx. OU and Baylor leading at present
      Probably still leading for Barnett and Sunderland out of Oklahoma

  • Gary Robbins

    Love this from Cale Gundy:
    Only 1 college football team has won all of these:
    Orange Bowl 2001
    BCS National title 2001
    Rose Bowl 2002
    Fiesta Bowl 2010
    Sugar 2013
    Plus I might add:
    5 Heisman Trophy winners
    7 National Championships
    44 Conference Championships
    153 All Americans
    We’re not exactly chopped liver!!!!!

  • Boomer4life

    Hopefully we at least get a couple of them to give a verbal. Make up for last Jr day.

  • Zack

    It would be great to pick up newsome or Humphrey this weekend. Lock up a slot receiver or 2. Then they could finally offer dahu. I watched his film last night and ofadile’s. They look more equal than the ratings would suggest.

    • Jordan Esco

      Call me a pessimist, but I don’t expect any commitments out of this weekend.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Has anyone seen any tape on the OLB Anthony Wheeler that’s visiting this weekend?

    • Jordan Esco
      • Leroy Jenkins

        Thanks for the link. His pursuit & instincts look great.

    • Zack

      I think he’s gonna be projected as a d-end

    • Sooner Ray

      Seen him on hudl, solid looking kid. Think it will be tough getting him out of tehas.

  • Buster Rhymes 4

    Is Mike Mitchell (2013 Ohio State signee/transfer) in town this weekend?

    • Jordan Esco

      Wow, not that I’ve heard but that would be pretty damn awesome if true.

      Are you just asking to ask? Or have you heard something?

      • Buster Rhymes 4

        On the Ou rivals sight Josh M.wrote ” might not be done for 2014″.
        The picture looks like Mike Mitchell in his Under Armor helmet. Just wondering…don’t have subscription…

        • Sooner Ray

          It’s most likely the long-snapper that’s visiting today.

          • Gary Robbins

            Probably since he was also chosen for the Under Armor game and he was due for an official this weekend

        • Jordan Esco

          Ahhhh, I follow. Yeah, that’s the long-snapper kid. Like Ray said.

        • Buster Rhymes 4

          Wishful thinking! His father has some kind of illness and is transferring closer to home which is Plano Texas.Great site by the way!

    • ohiosoonerdevildog

      I know a few Ohio State football players. I know a guy who will be the starting center for the suckeyes this year. And he said Mitchell is good sideline to sideline,but is light in the arse, and doesnt do well when meeting someone heads up. He said even with the suckeyes shorthanded and young at lb, he wouldnt have made the 2 deep.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeytyler08 @mikeytyler08

    Jalin Barnett?

    • Jordan Esco

      Not going to be there this weekend, unfortunately.

      • http://twitter.com/mikeytyler08 @mikeytyler08

        Hmm ok I heard a rumor he would commit today. Guess not.

        • Jordan Esco

          I think there was some thought that would be a possibility when it was believed he might be there, but those plans changed and he’s not gonna make this wknd.

  • Chris Henson

    Long snapper? Is Trevor’s brother Connor not that good? I thought that was something that he did.

    • Jordan Esco

      It is, but this is OU. Even at long-snapper you’re gonna have some competition.

      • Chris Henson

        I like competition, I guess just a little surprised we’d offer a scholly if Knight was any good at all. Good point in how valuable Winchester was. Was James on scholly? do you know?

        • Jordan Esco

          Same, re: the scholarship offer. Evidently Boulware really likes the kid b/c I can’t assume it was easy to sell Bob on that. They obviously feel like they have the numbers where it won’t be an issue either this year or in the next couple.

          • Chris Henson

            cool, thanks Jordan. I’m really glad I followed you to this site. You do an amazing job.

          • Jordan Esco

            Appreciate you saying so. Appreciate even more you following to here.

      • Rob Turner

        Saw film on Horky super accurate and can get the ball back there Quick! It was actually kind of fun and entertaining to watch, you don’t get to see long snapper film very often.

  • Jordan Esco

    Couple other notes that aren’t Junior Day related per se.

    Last night OU commit Josh Wariboko picked up offers from Texas, Arkansas & Louisville.

    Also, JY’s No. 2 Sooners 2015 OT target, Connor Lanfear, committed to Texas A&M last night. The flip from Texas to the Aggies was pretty much expected, but it’s just another sign of just how much A&M is dominating not just Oklahoma, but Texas as well in recruiting right now.

    • Sooner Ray

      Those d&mn aggies!

    • Gary Robbins

      Yeah makes me mad. They lose Connor Lanfear who was asoft Texas commit and Malik Jefferson who was a Texas lean has shifted to Tex. A&M now. I guess everyone knows that Texas is allowing alcohol beverages for their Spring sports. Some kind of test to see if it might work for their football games. Now we’re seeing the reason why.

    • Gary Robbins

      Something you’ve probably read. http://www.collegefootball.com/story?id=10328143
      I knew I had read somewhere that a no conference championship game might bite us in the butt. Please refer to the 2nd question about criteria! What is your take about a conference championship game. The whole article is interesting. I’m afraid this 13 person committee is going to become a big cluster f— on Dec. 6th and 7th. Sooner Ray if you are still around I need your suggestions. I’ve always told the wife no alcohol would touch this lips before, 30 minutes and counting, but the above article is disturbing. IMO

      • Sooner Ray

        Beer……it’s not just for breakfast anymore!

        • Gary Robbins

          Tried that darn website 3 times. Getting close to noon time. No backslide yet. If you get a chance read the whole question and answer on the above website. Under Jordan Esco-third times a charm.

          • Sooner Ray

            Read the article, didn’t see anything new that I hadn’t heard before. They mention conference champions, not championship games, so I don’t think that part will affect us. One thing we can say is that to win our conference, we have to play everyone in it. Some other conferences can’t say that. Not saying that fills any criteria, it’s just a nice fact. Well, my clock say’s 12:05, bottoms up!

          • Gary Robbins

            You’re right, just hop our conference is super strong from top to bottom. Still don’t like the idea that someone with a 12-1 record and a conference Championship game win could beat us out if we had a 11-1 record with a conference championship. Just hope 12-1 vs 11-1 doesn’t affect their thinking. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room where 13 people could agree anyway. Just win out because you know the conference championship games will eliminate one team. Just got back from my “Gary’s Ghetto” aka man cave, wife say’s a cave full of junk. I was out of beer-don’t remember that last night. Lol It’s full of treausures.

          • Sooner Ray

            IMO, a one loss B12 team will never go above a one loss sec and maybe B10 or pac. It’s not right but these people will watch the national sports media and we all know who they spend all their time talking about. That’s my biggest fear, sports channel influence.

          • Gary Robbins

            Yeah the ESecN channel. I did read where the Big12/Sec were teamed up vs the Pac 12/Big10 on trying to decide on how the bowl games were to be constructed. The Big12/Sec won out

          • Leroy Jenkins

            Do you have a link to that article?

          • Gary Robbins

            I will find it tonight, hopefully. I didn’t write it down at the time.

          • Leroy Jenkins

            Totally agree Sooner Ray. OU will have a high pre-season ranking next season so that will certainly help, but if there are any close games (such as our scores last season against TCU & West Virginia early on) it would hurt us. This is basically a beauty contest to the selection committee & the media plays a big role in it.

        • Boomer4life

          It really isn’t!

    • Gary Robbins

      Third times charm…. Here is the correct website
      http://www.collegefootballplayoff.com/story?id=10328143
      Try this one!!!

    • blaster1371

      They sure have pulled in a lot of POTENTIAL talent over the last three recruiting cycles. But as awesome as Manziel was/is they sure struggled in the SEC. Unless the talent around the QB steps up in a big way they may lucky to be 6-5 next season.

  • Jordan Esco
  • Jordan Esco

    2015 OL Abdul Beecham (Converse, TX) also at OU’s Junior Day.

    This is NOT him committing though, just fyi.

    https://twitter.com/TweetsByBeech_/status/439808419214553088

  • Jordan Esco
    • Chris Henson

      so AG is committing to OU? or just visiting?

      • Sooner Ray

        Visiting

      • Jordan Esco

        What Ray said (at least for now).

      • Leroy Jenkins

        I know he’s also visiting Florida next weekend. Obviously Florida has a great b-ball program so hopefully Kruger makes a good impression this weekend.

    • Doobie74OU

      Wouldn’t hurt our chances if we beat the Longhorns today!

  • Jordan Esco
  • Leroy Jenkins

    My parents live in Rockwall, both went to Rockwall High. I saw Grandstaff play last season & he’s the real deal. Would love for him to come to OU.

    • Gary Robbins

      I would too. I read somewhere that he put up 51 points the other night.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Gary Robbins

      Great looking family, seem to be enjoying themselves-Important. This kid is fast had a 4.25 listed.

    • Doobie74OU

      Class of 2018, 2022 and 2028 in waiting! LOL! I love it!

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Adorable kids!

  • Jordan Esco
    • Sooner Ray

      Should always work hard on guys that have younger brothers. Build for the future!

    • Gary Robbins

      Jordan, thanks for the great pictures and posts. I was hoping for 2 commits by next Tuesday, but not so much now. I do believe Barnett and Sunderland are waiting for Spring game and I understand why.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Doobie74OU

      Thatz a Big OL’ Boy that looks AWESOME in a Sooners Jersey! I hope we get him he would probably be a great recruiter!!!!!!

      • Jordan Esco

        He’s a self-professed longtime OU fan, so you’d have to think that only helps our chances. But he’s also not in a hurry to make a decision, so a commitment likely wouldn’t come for some time.

        • Doobie74OU

          I’m patient! SOMETIMES! LOL!

    • bmrsnr

      He is also a Tennessee legacy. Hopefully he makes it in for that game in Norman.

      • Gary Robbins

        He is huge, tree trunks for arms. I’m sure the coaches are making him aware of the 7 National championships and 153 All-Americans and him being on board to accept our next awards.

      • blaster1371

        Tennessee hasn’t been relevant in a while but if they can get something going this season then I can see where a home state guy could get excited about playing there.

  • blaster1371

    A scholly on a long snapper? Conner Knight was doing just fine.

    • EasTex

      I don’t think Connor has played a down. Austin Woods had served in that role and served very well. He will be missed.

      • EasTex

        Correction, his roster page says he played in five games with no details. I still believe Woods handled all long snaps this past season.

        • blaster1371

          My iPad didn’t show enough of the comment section in which you posted your correction. I noticed it after I added more comments– I didn’t want to come across as a sea lawyer.

          • EasTex

            Not at all. And I’m not certain he never snapped, just don’t recall anyone but big ol’#50 in front of Feo.

      • blaster1371

        No he appeared in some games last season most of this after the midway point. He was listed as a long snapper on the punting unit and I’m pretty sure that where he saw some action.

  • Jordan Esco

    We’re going to have a b-ball game thread up here in a bit as well if anyone is interested in taking part.

    • Boomer4life

      When do you think we will see a college football playoff thread Jordan?

      • Jordan Esco

        How do you mean?

        • Boomer4life

          Just a breakdown of the selection committee and what if any impact it might have on the B12 not having championship game etc….

          • Jordan Esco

            We can work on that.

          • Boomer4life

            Thx Jordan! Think alot of people here would really enjoy that information.

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  • Indy_sooner

    How does late signing work with the case of the long snapper? Seeing as to the fact that the kid was going to walk on at Tenn, are they free from their LOI because they are walk-ons? Do walkons even sign LOIs?

    • Jordan Esco

      If any 2014 recruit is still available, it’s only b/c they didn’t sign their NLI. With a walk-on, I’m just assuming it’d be about them signing their financial aid paperwork.

      • blaster1371

        That kid that left Notre Dame for UCLA set some kind of precedent. I think the rules go along the lines if the recruit does not register for classes then the LOI is rendered almost moot. not sure about that idea as it would seem that coaches would still be recruiting past the LOI date. But I am pretty sure that the case with that UCLA situation set an awkward precedent.

    • territorysooner

      Walk-ons do not sign anything. The LOI/NLI is a contract between the SA and the school, that outlines the provision of financial aid to the tune of the scholarship the SA is receiving. Thus, since a walk-on is not receiving scholarship assistance, they do not sign.

      • Indy_sooner

        Thanks for the explanation ts.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Doobie74OU

      I hope we can locki this guy down! I DON”T miss the inconsistant kicking game we had for a few years there! This guy could take over for Hunnicut next year!

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Are the football recruits at the UT/OU game right now?

    • Zack

      I think so we need to finish with a win and show these kids were better than texas at everything

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Everything except for vegan hippies. UT always wins that.

        • Sooner Ray

          They can keep that trophy!

    • Gary Robbins

      Ryan Aber posted below. Large group of Junior Day recruits just entered LNC with J. Montgomery and Tim Kish and Cale Gundy was waiting

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Didn’t see that, thanks for the update. Hope they like what they’re seeing.

  • Jordan Esco

    Sounds like fans were chanting McKenzie’s name at the b-ball game.

    I didn’t hear it on tv, but also had my volume down. Heard it happened tho and that he LOVED it.

    • Sooner Ray

      That’s awesome! Hope they made all the visitors feel good (and I don’t mean the whorns)

      • blaster1371

        Texass Sucks!!!! They should chant that!

        • Jordan Esco

          I did hear that one, multiple times.

    • Alexander

      He was in awe when that happened and really loved every aspect of the trip. We are the clear leaders at this point

  • Jordan Esco
    • Sooner Ray

      D&mn these guys are big. sure they’re only Juniors?

  • EasTex

    In the event you haven’t seen it Hambone put up a 2013 Oklahoma Sooners Highlight video. It is nicely done in 1080p with some clips never before seen and some familiar highlights taken from different angles.
    http://youtu.be/6H1Fe5eNnmg

    • Sooner Ray

      Had to go watch it Tex, awesome video! Those things just never get old. It’s just like he said, the future is bright at Oklahoma!

      • EasTex

        Indeed it is.
        Loved that shot of Kasitati celebrating with his Mom.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

          I agree. It was my favorite part. That was pretty moving to see.

  • wolfbuilder

    Did anyone else see Jerry Montgomery at the bball game at the end of halftime when the television announcers were talkin, u could see him and it looked like a player on his right and 2 recruits on his left think Kahlil was 1 of them. U could see Jerry clowing around behind the 2 announcers heads

  • Steve Cooke

    Wesley Horky had committed and signed his ship tonight. Per 247

    • Sooner Ray

      Must be one hell of a long snapper.

      • Boomer4life

        Indeed!

      • Boomer4life

        Is this for the 14 class?

        • Sooner Ray

          Yes it is

  • Dlee914
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDUvqXK4DEM DCinAZ

      BOOM!

    • Doobie74OU

      I’ve always said I don’t know why more guys don’t try to perfect this craft of Long Snapping. This kid is now getting a first class education at OU and a possibility of a pro carreer! They don’t make a ton of money but they play forever! Congrats to him and Welcome! BOOMer!

  • Sooner Ray

    Watched a video on Wesley, he does have some zip on his snap. Looked like he was throwing bullets overhand and very accurate.

  • Indy_sooner

    YESSIR!!! Welcome new 2014 committ, Wesley Horky