frison 2014 Signee, Kenyon Frison, On His Way To Norman

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This alone may or may not have warranted a stand alone post, but I just wanted to make sure nobody missed it. As TFB has been saying for some time, Sooners 2014 signee Kenyon Frison is good to go and tweeted out the following Monday morning reaffirming things.

Again, not a surprise to any of those who are regular readers of the site. But good news nonetheless, so figured it was worth quickly throwing something up about it.


  • Ed Cotter

    Yes, good news. So we are just waiting on Brown now. Curtis is not going to make it, right?

    • Jordan Esco

      I suppose it’s technically Brown and McQuinnie. And, yes, Curtis is not going to make it.

      • Zack

        From what you’re hearing is it as simple as them just putting their nose in their books and passing their summer classes? Or is it more complicated than just that

        • hOUligan

          Was it here that posted Brown is taking 2 classes and would be qualified if he passes them? Sure hope so. Frison coming in is great news. Getting Brown in, too, would be a huge step toward solving the OL problem that is shaping up for 2015.

          • Zack

            I’m not sure I’ve seen posts on other sites from “insiders” that turn out to be wrong

          • hOUligan

            Yeah. Gotta watch that ‘insider’ info on these sites. But every now and then you do get a nugget. Hope that is one of them.

          • hOUligan

            Sorry. Referring to some posters who claim ‘insider’ info. But there are some guys who are serious followers of recruiting and provide info n insight.

        • Jordan Esco

          Depends on your definition of “passing.” I think anyone getting the info from the kid himself, as those reporting what they have clearly are, will be getting the optimistic version of events that must take place.

          Which is not to say either couldn’t eventually make it in or that either are being less than honest. I just know from past experiences the odds are typically not all that great.

          • Zack

            Thanks. What I heard was that mcquinnie had to ace 3 classes and haven’t heard anything but that brown had to pass 2 which like you alluded to pass could mean all sorts of things. There is also the question of whether they will need to take additional tests at ou.

        • EasTex

          Then, if they get all the work done we have the interminable wait for the NCAA Clearinghouse.

      • Ed Cotter

        forgot about McQuinnie. Too bad.

        • Steve Cooke

          He’s gonna take 3 classes this summer to try and qualified. His problem is he changed schools twice in 1 year.

      • Gary Robbins

        Extremely important that Frison is here. I didn’t think it was that bad but wow. We lose at least 6 seniors on the offensive line (2 starting tackles,2 starting guards, 2 key back-ups). 2015 will be an extreme opportunity for offensive lineman to come in and play immediately. The question is can we take at least 6 Off. lineman to offset this type lose?

  • red clay

    Tangential question – would his training at Utah altitude give him an advantage at Norman’s lower altitude?

    • J.K. Abbott

      Idk about the altitude but Oklahoma’s humidity is a eye opener for kids used to “dry” heat. We got a kid from around Palm Springs CA come in and was bragging about working out in the 110 degree weather all summer. Some days in that area up to 115 plus. He was the first to Tap out that first practice. The humid here is a killer to kids used to dry heat. That’s why getting here in the summer is so important so they can get aclamated before camp in August.

      • Boom

        Try Houston, you have to work hard at just breathing it’s so thick.

        • J.K. Abbott

          No doubt Boom. Walk outside after a cold shower down there and in five minutes or less your clothes are soaking wet with sweat.

        • J.K. Abbott

          Like this?

          • Boom

            Try wearing a suit in the stuff. Or, better than that, be running late for a flight with your suit while your running through the rental cars and then on the plane. No way I’m taking that jacket off, I get thrown off the plane.

          • EasTex

            Had to wear a tie in Houston for more time than I can remember. My little hot rod had no a/c. Don’t remember it bothering me that much, but sure enjoyed getting home at Lake Conroe and pushing the boat in the water and staying out until it was almost dark.

          • EasTex

            Dang, he’s leaking.

        • Billy

          Galveston here. :-(

      • EasTex

        I always liked the humidity, but grew up with it in East Texas.
        Worked on my grandparent’s farm in the summer in NW La., pulling corn and picking cotton.
        When two-a-days started in August I felt like I was goofing off and the August before my junior year I gained 16 pounds during two-a-days. Other guys who spent too much time inside air conditioned buildings/homes were suffering.

        • Boom

          Grew up in SE Oklahoma and it didn’t bother me or my brother as we were outside working all the time. Coaches always said, don’t wear shoes so your feet will toughin up. We never wore them unless we were working the hay fields. Humidity wasn’t a factor but only having ice in the corners of the practice field for a drink didn’t help to much.

          • J.K. Abbott

            “Only having ice in the corners for breaks” been there Boom. One break and got a hand full of ice. And took salt tablets too boot. those days are over. Schnelly found out what happens when you mix pads, heat, humidity and no water. And not just him. I’ve been lucky. Most practices at every level have water at every drill.

          • Boom

            It’s good today but back when you put your hand in that ice, so has 50 other guys with dirt and grass all over it. Didn’t bother any of us. Salt tablets………… Funny, when practice was over, we had some water but went to the A&W and got a quart of rootbeer. tasted great but wasn’t to good on the body.
            AC, heck, we didn’t even have that in our house but we had a huge attic fan. That was great.

          • EasTex

            I miss that comforting hum and rumble of the attic fan and that wonderful gush of wind through the window.

        • J.K. Abbott

          No disrespect E Texas but you probably didn’t even have AC in your cars back then. My OC and I were sitting around talking about all of the heat related deaths in football over the past 15 years. He is in his 60’s . He swears that it because that kids are not aclamated to the heat. Back in his day they didn’t have AC in their vehicles, there was no TV or video games to play. Most kids not only worked outside in the summers but played outside also. We condition the fire out of the kids in the summer but the heat and humidity can literally kill kids in August. It hits a little to close to home actually.

          • Sooner Ray

            I hauled hay all summer, looked forward to two a days for a rest. I couldn’t figure out why so many guys were puking their guts out. HAHA.

          • EasTex

            None taken.
            Your OC is right. We didn’t have a/c in our homes or cars and I don’t even think we had it in our schools. We were always outside playing and working, baling hay was easy weekend money. Many of us worked as trackmen in the summer, laying rail for MoPac.
            At practice we had some water buckets with ice, but weren’t allowed any until the coaches determined we had earned it and we always took salt tablets, no gatorade or other stuff they have today and I can’t remember any of us ever getting sick or cramping up.
            One other thing, we also ate more fresh foods back then, processed foods weren’t that common and we didn’t drink that many sodas, but we drank iced tea by the gallons.
            There has to be a correlation with the lifestyles we led then and what they do now.
            I can’t imagine how it would feel having one of your young men become seriously ill or dieing from heat related issues or injury.

          • Boom

            I’m with you, we didn’t have fast foot till my sr year in HS. I grew up with homemade meals. Heck, we went to the dairy to get our milk and eggs. Had to get the milk early as it had the cream at the top. Drank tons of milk or drank out of someone’s hose. Only our middle school had AC, HS was old and we had to wear jeans – no shorts. Different days. I have a TV outside and I’m still outside all the time.

          • Sooner Ray

            At least you got to go to the dairy, I had to gather eggs and milk the cows but I loved that creamy milk. Still to this day can’t drink store bought milk. I used to put my bed up on blocks against the window so the air blew right across my bed at night, we had an a/c but dad wouldn’t turn it on unless it stayed in the upper 90’s at night. The good old days.

          • EasTex

            I am so thankful we have a Braum’s only minutes away. Closest thing to real fresh milk I can get, here in the big city.

          • EasTex

            At home we had milk delivered…no kidding.
            On the farm the first thing we did in the morning was milk the cows and gather eggs, and later churn the butter.
            After we got back from milking, we would have a big ol’country breakfast with hams and sausages from pigs we slaughtered at our annual Hog Killing Party, eggs fresh from the coup, real stone ground grits and my grandmother’s buttermilk biscuits made with lard.
            We would sop those bisucits with Steen’s syrup, which I still use to this day.

      • EasTex

        JK, got an old coaches story for you.
        Back in the late 80’s Coach Dennis Parker of Marshall High was rebuilding the football program. He had gotten to a point where he had the athletes and the schemes, but just needed something to get them over the top…to build their confidence and have them believe they were a championship team. The Bear in the room was Longview High, a rivalry that goes back to the 1880’s and was declared as one of the Fifteen Nastiest Sports Rivalries in the country back in 2007. Marshall had to believe they could beat anyone, including Longview.
        So Parker went to Bum Phillips coaching clinic one summer and told Bum about his problem Bum said since it was still hot and humid in Marshall in early September, he would schedule the biggest, baddest opponent he could find and make them come play in Marshall on a Saturday afternoon in Sep.
        Parker took his advice and scheduled a perennial Texas high school power for a two year home and home. When he went to Bum’s next summer clinic Bum asked him if he had taken his advice. Parker said he had and the game was scheduled in Marshall for the second Saturday in Sep for a noon kickoff. Bum laughed and rubbed his hands saying “you’re gonna kill’em” then asked Parker who he got and Parker said Odessa Permian. Bum quit laughing and looked at Parker seriously and said…”Son, those boys don’t sweat.”
        Maybe they didn’t, but Marshall beat those boys 13-12 in a game featured in the book Friday Night Lights. I was there and it was a slobber-knocker.

    • Shifty

      I’d say no..Cool and dry air is more favorable than hot and humid

      • J.K. Abbott

        Amen to that shifty. Last time we were out in Vegas it was 116 to 120 everyday for four days. It wasn’t that bad. We landed in OK and it was about 90 with 100% humidity. I stepped out of the airport and that humidity hit me and I about passed out. Or maybe it was the fact that I hadn’t slept in 72 straight hours.

        • Shifty

          Yeah I’d take a dry heat any day….also the altitude will have a neg impact as well…everything will be heavier…I played golf in colorado one time and felt like Tiger Woods lol

          • J.K. Abbott

            Man I’m with you Shifty. I can handle 115 plus w/o humidity. 90 and 100% humidity kicks my a$$.

          • J.K. Abbott

            I sweat just standing around in the humidity.

    • EasTex

      I would think a little, for a while.
      I was stationed at the USAFA in Co. Springs for a few months. I left a valley 100 feet below sea level in the Phillipinnes and arrived at USAFA and its 7200 ft above sea level.
      I couldn’t climb a flight of stairs one floor without being out of breath and my lips dried out so bad it looked like Freddy Kruger had slashed them repeatedly. Went to the hospital, they checked me out and said I was in great health, only that it would take me a few months for my body to create the additional pint of blood I needed to overcome the oxygen sickness.
      So I think he will have an advantage in terms of his body carrying more oxygen for a short while, but the change in altitude and humidity will kick him hard.

  • Sooner Ray

    Someone meet that boy at the airport!….With an Oklahoma steak.

    • SoonerPhins

      A Bevo Steak

    • EasTex

      Dang!
      You would remind me how long it has been since I went to the Cattlemen’s Steak House.

      • Sooner Ray

        If it’s been very long, that’s too long and I would recommend the calf fries as an appetizer.

        • EasTex

          Preshate it, but no. I don’t do-dat.
          Can’t beat their T-Bone and I’ve had dreams about their Pepper Steak.

  • hOUligan

    And…YES, Jordan. This certainly does merit it’s own post. Thanks for the diligence and the updates. TFB keeps rockin’ it!! Nothing else like it, especially for the money. ; D

  • Ed Cotter

    Well, Parker got arrested for public intoxication this weekend. Gonna be dealing with some serious Schmitty workouts this summer.

  • Chase Korenek

    Just in case no one heard, Steven Parker was arrested for public intoxication. Hope he grows up quick.

    • Chase Korenek

      He seemed pretty level headed from interviews and such. I think this was just a young kid living the freshman college experience. Unfortunately you can’t live it too much if you play football for OU. Should have some tough workouts and miss the opener nothing major.

    • SoonerPhins

      Honestly, its a part of the college life to have a wild night or two. Its when it constantly happens that you should be worried.

      • Boom

        Good thing the coaches can have contact with the players during the summer, it will help minimize these situations. Also, I bet Parker comes into camp in really good shape if you know what I mean.

  • Jordan Esco
    • Super Keith

      I don’t think my feeble mind can comprehend Jordan Phillips playing less than 100% last year. He was really coming into his own, so I can only imagine what he’ll be like now that he “feels good”.

      • EasTex

        Watching him toss centers around and his push up the middle was the game within the game that I enjoyed and was sadly disappointed when he went out.
        If he is healthy and ready to go this year’s defense could be dominant.

        • JB

          Amen, brother. I think OU may have fared better than they already did if he played the whole year. Wade, Ndulue, Peterson are all nice players but none were the difference-makers that Phillips was

    • Zack

      I thought I saw on twitter some draft or espn who knows it could have been a dream. But they said if he’s 100% he will be a first rounder next year. Which I believe any team running the 3-4 would die to have a kid like him.

  • Sooner Ray

    ’16 QB Shane Buechele just offered.

    • EasTex

      He’s a Stanford legacy. Don’t know how his style would fit there.

      • Sooner Ray

        His older brother Garrett was on OU’s baseball team, I would think our chances are fair. He’s listed as dual threat, I’m going to watch a little film.

        • J J

          This is true

          • EasTex

            Howdy.

          • J J

            Hey there, how are you?

          • EasTex

            I do good, thank you for asking.
            Hope you and your boys are all happy and healthy.

          • J J

            The boys are good, school didn’t end til 6/6 so it was roughish lol
            Stormed here early morning…

          • EasTex

            Yeah, the storm that hit y’all came blowing through here, too. Two days in a row with some good rain, with a chance of more tomorrow. May not be a drought buster, but I’ll take it.
            Hope y’all have some plans for those wild yahoos this summer.
            /68 days to go

          • J J

            No power at work, still. … Hotter than crap

          • EasTex

            OUch.
            Some people here lost power, I was fortunate.
            See ya’ later, dinner is ready and Swamp People are on in ten.

        • EasTex

          Excellent.

        • Gary Robbins

          Plus he has 2 sisters who attend OU

          • Sooner Ray

            I’ll just go ahead and pencil him in, haha. I’ve watched some film and the kid has a real nice deep ball and good touch even off the back foot. Doesn’t have scoring threat speed but good enough to move the chains. He’s even caught one of his own passes.

          • Gary Robbins

            Does offering 2 – 2016 qb’s for 2016 have any bearing on our standing for 2015 qb Gibson.

          • Sooner Ray

            I wouldn’t think so. He’s the type that doesn’t expect to get beat out and that’s what you want. If he comes, it would more likely affect the ’16 kids decision.

          • J.K. Abbott

            IMHO if it does then he isn’t a good fit at OU. It’s not personal. Another reason OU is slower to get commits is their staff is brutally honest with kids on how many players at that kids position they are going to take. And I’ve heard Cale tell his players on Scholly and recruits that he is going after kids that are after their “touches” “carries”. You got to respect kids like Samjie sp?? Who was told and then seen Mixon commit and still wanted to play for OU. Those are the kids that aren’t afraid of competition and want to work for it rather then being given it.

          • Zack

            I’m with JK on this. If it has an effect in Gibson then he’s not the right guy. I am surprised though they offered a pro style kid too so unless they see that he’s mobile enough to play the pistol read option then I don’t understand this. Also they eventually will offer the New Jersey kid but heupel wants to see him throw and probably see how much time he can work with him.

        • Ssdude

          It would also help that his 2 sisters are attending OU now. I watched several of his games this last year and he has a very strong arm and a good runner.

          • Sooner Ray

            Yeah, I saw some film. When this kid is a Senior, he is going to be a hot topic. I love the connections we already have.

  • Jordan Esco
    • EasTex

      Rivals has pulled him from the BU commit list.

      • Zack

        My guess is he will commit to ou shortly after his visit which I heard is sometime in late July. But he could surprise everyone and take this all the way to NSD. We will want one of these slot receivers to extend his decision until after the season so they know more about their numbers and can take an additional commit at wr. From what’s being put out there the number is 21-22. I’m thinking we will have space to take 27-28 this year so I don’t see why they would take less except to give scholarships to mayfield and lagrone and maybe another walkon.

        • Gary Robbins

          Would OU, no can OU take both Humphrey and Newsome? Will it be a first come, first serve, tough decision.

          • Zack

            That’s what I’m not sure about I don’t know if they would feel like playing time might be limited with quick here already. But I think if this was the 08 sooners then there would plenty of passes to go around not sure there will be in the years to come. Hope I’m wrong. But the speed those 2 bring plus quick would be better than harvin and Murphy and all those boys.

          • J.K. Abbott

            I promise you that OU staff isn’t worried about enough balls being caught. Like Cale tells his recruits and RB’s already on Scholly that he is going to recruit players to “take their carries”. “Take their job”. Competition breeds success. A school like OU is always telling their kids on Scholly that every year they are going to recruit over them at their position. Michaih knows that OU is gluing to try to recruit a slot or recruit two slots that is going too try and beat him out.

          • Zack

            No doubt and gundy and norvell are 2 of the best. It’s possible these kids want the competition and trust me if newsome and Humphrey ended up at ou all 3 would see the field if they live up to the expectations. But wideouts are different than running backs so to me it’s a harder sell. But like I said I hope I’m wrong I’d like to see their sub 4.35 speed in our offense together.

          • J.K. Abbott

            I’m taking both but I’m not making $5 million per year to make those decisions either.

      • Dana Rogers

        Hey EasTex – this is gonna get interesting!

        • EasTex

          We seem to be in a good spot with him.

          • Zack

            Crystal ball is up to 60% ou. It was much lower just 2 weeks ago Joey helmer was the only one on 247 predicting ou. I guess 7 or 8 waiting until this week to choose ou while none have flipped their prediction yet.

          • Dana Rogers

            Birds of a feather – don’t wonder if Anderson’s and Mbanasor’s recent verbals might not play into it some…

    • Indy_sooner

      BOOM! Like clockwork

    • Ed Cotter

      Baylor can’t be too happy about this, especially with Robbie Rhodes having been dismissed today for another incident. In May he was involved in a traffic stop involving marijuana.

  • Steve Cooke

    OU has also offered 2016 5☆ QB Shea Patterson!

    • Zack

      So did this kid commit to Arizona under stoops? And was he just busting out of pee wee? I saw he committed in 2012.

      • Steve Cooke

        I thought read it was late 2013 but I’m more than likely wrong as usual. He committed under Rich Rod.

        • EasTex

          Just looked and it said Dec ’12.

      • Sooner Ray

        I seen that ’12 commit also, sure seemed early.

  • Steve Cooke
    • EasTex

      It’s both Ha-Ha-Funny and Sad Funny.
      Guess those folks never listened when told to “wrap that rascal.”

  • Steve Cooke

    Former 5☆ WR Robbie Rhodes has been dismissed from the Baylor football team.

    • Sooner Ray

      Between Baylor and Mizzou, our recruiting could be easy.

    • ND52


      Baylor sophomore wide receiver Robbie Rhodes has been dismissed from the program, his father confirmed to ESPN.com.

      Rhodes, the No. 3 rated receiver recruit in the country out of Fort Worth Southwest, was expected to play a significant role in the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense.

      He caught 10 passes for 157 yards as a freshman.

      Reggie Rhodes, his father, told ESPN.com that Robbie Rhodes “made another mistake” and was informed Monday morning he was no longer a member of the program.

      Robbie Rhodes had already been in trouble once this summer. He was arrested in May on charges of marijuana possession and tampering with physical evidence during a traffic stop in Waco.

      According to the Waco Tribune, the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office declined to pursue those misdemeanor charges, citing Rhodes’ history of no failed drug tests while in the Baylor program and additional evidence that proved he had no knowledge of the drugs located in the vehicle.

      Though Rhodes was not charged, his father said he was disciplined by the school and his latest incident, which he would not disclose, violated conditions of an agreement he’d made to remain a member of the team.

      “He was in agreement on sanctions that they made with him, and he broke the agreement,” Reggie Rhodes said.

      Robbie Rhodes was ESPN’s No. 35 overall rated recruit in the class of 2013 and was, at the time, the program’s highest-rated signee since 2010.

      No decisions have been made about his next school, his father said. Robbie Rhodes has yet to decide whether he’ll seek a transfer to an FBS program, which would require sitting out this fall, or an FCS school where he could play immediately.

      —–per ESPN