mouton Open Post | Wednesday, June 4th (UPDATE 1:55 pm)

Image of Darius Mouton via pasadenaisd.org

– I’m sure everyone is still excited about the big commitment Oklahoma received yesterday. Kudos to the staff on a job well done. Oklahoma was one of the first schools to offer PJ Mbanasor, and I know he valued that a great deal. Oklahoma also did a fantastic job of communicating with him. And PJ had regular communication with not just one coach, but with multiple coaches on the staff.

– With OU locking up Mbanasor, we’re working under the premise they are looking for at least one more CB. And they are currently recruiting guys like Ykili Ross, Isaiah Langley, etc. But I wanted to briefly introduce y’all to a CB that I caught up with earlier this week from here in the Houston area. His name is Darius Mouton out of North Shore HS.

He isn’t as tall as Mbanasor or Jaylon Lane, he’s around 5’11”, but he is very long. He’s got great game speed and it isn’t just in returns or tracking down a defender from behind. Where you really see it is in how effortlessly he covers. There aren’t a lot of wasted movements or false steps, and he doesn’t look overly anxious. That calmness often comes from a corner’s understanding and confidence in his own athleticism and ability to stay in phase or recover if necessary.

Mouton currently has a few offers from schools like Colorado, Utah and Indiana, but is definitely interested in receiving an offer from schools in the traditional Big 12 South area. He isn’t the kind of player who has attended camps like NFTC and Rivals, so he’s gone under the radar but as y’all know when we love a kid…we talk about him in hopes that it will help.

– Yesterday, OU offer Kahlil McKenzie put out via tweeting and RT’ing that he will be making his final announcement at The Opening this July and will decide between Arizona and Tennessee. I have to be honest, with limited space in this 2015 class, I’ve never been shy about the fact that my favorite 4i DE prospects are guys like Neville Gallimore and Gabriel Campbell. Campbell is a long athletic guy, and Gallimore is a shorter ‘big’ guy with absolutely ridiculous upside.

All of which is to say that while certainly on some level McKenzie eliminating OU is disappointing, I do believe there are other targets on the board that fit this defense just as well, if not potentially even better. And before anyone takes that as sour grapes, trust me when I say it is not. We wish the young man success wherever he winds up, but if he has moved on then so must we.

– To follow up on the previous note, I spoke to Gabriel Campbell recently and he’s still very much interested in Oklahoma. He said Coach Montgomery has stayed in regular contact with him, and he still plans on either making a trip to OU this summer or for an official visit in the fall.

– However, Campbell isn’t the only stud in Yazoo City. 2015 LB and Miss. State commit Timothy Washington is another prospect from Yazoo City, and he’s interested in OU as well. While Washington may very well end up in Starkville, he called me the other day and let me know that he was looking around and was definitely interested in seeing Oklahoma. Some of the other visits he’ll be taking this summer are Louisville and Kentucky. Washington’s mother will be taking him on the trips and one has to think if she’s willing to drive him eight hours to get to Louisville, she might also be willing to drive him eight hours to get to Norman.

– A few weeks back, we mentioned that Oklahoma had gone by to visit 2015 LB Jordan Griffin out of Armwood HS in Seffner, FL. I caught up with Jordan again recently, and he told me that just before the Armwood spring game OU stopped by again for another visit. While there the coaches let him know that while an offer has not been extended yet, Jordan is an “offer kid” and one could be extended to him in the near future.

If OU does indeed offer, it sounds like there would be a lot of interest on Jordan’s part. Afterall, Oklahoma did a pretty darn good job developing the last LB out of Armwood HS – Eric Striker.

- UPDATE (1:52 pm): Multiple reports this afternoon have the Sooners extending an offer to 2015 DE Keisean Lucier-South (Orange, CA).

- UPDATE (1:55 pm): Demetric Warren of Varsitypreps is reporting that 2017 LB & Miss. State commit Anthony Hines III will be in Norman this weekend. Pretty impressive offer list considering he’ll be entering his sophomore year in h.s.

 


  • Jordan Esco

    Have I mentioned that I just LOVE you can embed Hudl videos now?

    • Doobie74OU

      I 2nd this statement 100,000% It makes it way easier to slack off at work if you have these embedded videos! LOL!

  • Ed Cotter

    Bummer about McKenzie, but my Vols fan neighbor across the street is going to be happy. Gotta believe it will be tough to beat Tenn. for his commitment. Good luck to the young man and OU will bring in guys that will do just fine in OUr scheme. BOOMER!!

    • Super K

      I agree. OU rarely if ever loses an OU legacy so it shouldn’t surprise anyone if the kid goes to Tennessee.

      • Jordan Esco

        Justin Manning on Line 1 for you ;)

        • Doobie74OU

          If that aTm defense has another awful year this year. It will be Heartache, Despair, & Regret on Line 1 for Mr. Manning, and a big fat ” I TOLD YOU SO” from his big brother! LOL!

          • JJ

            Accurate

        • Super K

          Trust me I thought of him as I typed the sentence lol. But we got Charles Walker so when it’s all said and done ill bet we come out on top with that trade :)

        • dahldennsull

          And the coach that was in charge of recruiting him is now a long distance call… on line 2 ;)

          • Jordan Esco

            Very true, but it doesn’t change the fact he’s in College Station and not Norman.

      • CoachStauder

        Yeah, Manning doesn’t seem to fit a 3-4. He is a 3 tech in my opinion. Maybe he could have been a NG or 4i but I’m skeptical.

        However, on a positive note, Jared Mayden (OU legacy 2016) is a stud! I hope your statement holds true there.

  • Zack

    Great stuff always like when you introduce new or under the radar guys. Do you know if there are any Millard/flowers type of prospects in this years class? Also I know mbanasor talked about trying to help ou reach out to other recruits has he mentioned any other DBs he wants to play with. I’m sure he’s aware ou wants to bring in 2 corners and 2 safeties each year at least.

    • Super K

      Some guys PJ have mentioned to me that he likes or has respect for as players are: Keivon Ramsey (Texas commit), Ryan Newsome, James Proche and Prentince McKinney (ND commit out of South Oak Cliff – same school as OU commit Jamile Johnson).

      • Indy_sooner

        I had the chance to watch Ryan’s tape the first time yesterday and all I can say is Dyum! Definitely on my “want” list

        • Zack

          Speed for days. Humphrey’s was good too I thought he was an ou lean before he committed to Baylor. Not looking forward to playing him for 3-4 years.

  • Jason Vos

    Hey super K, any reason why OU isn’t recruiting Byron Cowart out of Seffner as well? You would think with the success of Eric Striker, they would be able to sell him on OU.
    Kid is a stud DE/OLB 3-4 type.

    • Super K

      I don’t know the specific reason but I’d guess they probably felt earlier on that he was higher on other programs. Alabama seems to be a school he really likes.

  • Jason Vos

    Also is OU still in a good spot with LB Anthony Wheeler?

    • AlvinMack55

      I’ll 2nd this question!

    • Super K

      I’ll try to check on that bud.

    • Indy_sooner

      Third’d as well. Need at least 2 elite HS LBs this round

  • AlvinMack55

    Excellent write-up guys! As long as Jerry M. is running the D-line, I’ll feel confident that he’ll have the talent he needs to put together a solid d-line year in & year out.

    • Super K

      Agree. Coach Montgomery is a heck of a recruiter/coach.

      • Gary Robbins

        OU’s offer list on def. lineman and off. lineman looks impressive for 2015. With 1 dt and ot in the fold for 2015 how many more lineman should OU take for 2015. Just wondering because of all the seniors and maybe some grade problems with incoming recruits for 2014.

  • BigJoeBrown

    What got me about this is the relationship that you have built up with recruits. “he called me the other day and let me know that he was looking around ” That’s pretty impressive a kid calling you about an update. Does that happen often?

    • Super K

      If the kids know you aren’t trying to burn them or exploit them and you prove that to the kids and their parents…they are a lot more inclined to trust you. And yes they’ll call and their parents will call as well.

  • Doobie74OU

    Great Open Post as usual! I like Timothy Washington, he seems to hold the edge very well plays with a lot of power and is pretty aggressive. Good Awareness as well and he already plays in a 3-4 defense so could fit right in at OU. I LOVE JORDAN GRIFFEN! Extremely Quick in his reads, Explodes to the ball and has AWESOME ball skills for a LB. Would LOVE to see him in Crimson & Cream!

    • Super K

      I agree. Jordan mentioned that he had a chance to catch up with Eric Striker when Striker was back in Tampa. Got to believe with Striker and OU’s relationship with the Seffner coaches that OU would have a good shot at pulling Jordan out of Florida. He definitely seemed excited about the idea of getting an OU offer.

      • Doobie74OU

        GREAT NEWS! Thanks Again!

  • Sooner Ray

    Jordan seems to have the same fondness for QB’s that Striker has.

  • Boom

    Jordan has to be in crimson & cream. I don’t know what’s in the water down there but it sure produces explosive LB’s. K, for OU in the Big 12, he would fit great in the MLB role. Super instincts, pass skills, and his ability to stop the run is a gift. Motor is on full speed like Striker. Hope he is offered and we get him onboard. Really impressed with his first play and the rest was a treat to watch.

  • CoachStauder

    1. Campbell isn’t coming to OU. Guys with his offer list do not leave the south. Just visited Bama recently who has offered him.

    2. Wasn’t McKenzie being recruited as a NG? That was my understanding and think he would have been a heck of a player.

    3. Gallimore is blowing up. I just hope we can get a visit and give ourselves a chance.

    • Boom

      Hey coach, I respect your opinion and have read all of your recruiting facts and commentary. I agree on most points and you provide helpful insight. My questions is, why so negative on Campbell visiting OU? We made some inroads in MS last year and who knows if this will/will not continue. If Monty has made an impression, who knows.
      We gave it a shot with McKenzie.
      Gallimore is someone we could use in a bad way and hope he makes the travels.

      • CoachStauder

        It wasn’t meant to be a huge negative about Campbell, it’s just the reality I see with the information I gather. I would absolutely love to be wrong here, but I’m just not seeing him leave the South.

    • SamSooner

      Somehow, OU has managed to win 7 National Championships. We will find a way.

    • Gary Robbins

      On Mckenzie, a very good athlete but his dad and uncle were Tennessee players (legacy), Tennessee lost a lot of defensive lineman (early playing time), and I hate to spit these words out-SEC! That’s why I hope he chooses Arizona-non SEC. We have 8 months to get who we need.

    • Doobie74OU

      While Mississippi hasn’t been a hot bed for us (understatement LOL!) lately. We have been pulling kids out of Florida for a few years and Louisiana as well. Hopefully we can just keep expanding with Coach Monty on the recruiting trail.
      I am sorry we missed on McKenzie as well but I think you are right about recruiting him at NG and at least we still have Overton committed at NG. Home grown Okie Dlineman is what I love!
      Also agree hoping we stay on top of Gallimore as he continues to blow up, maybe being early on him will help like it did with Mbanasor!

      • Zack

        Louisiana could be a big pipeline going forward I think JY has said several times that Louisiana has more talent this year than lsu can take and that we need to get in there. I would also like to see us have more success in the Ohio valley area.

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

          Completely agree.I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t be able to steal a Rufus Alexander every couple of years.

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

        Give me the Big O coached up by our guys any day of the week!

    • Super K

      - Campbell may very well stay in the deep south but he’s still interested in visiting OU and communicates regularly with OU.
      – McKenzie was being told he could play any position along the DL
      – Gallimore should make it down this summer but you’re right he is blowing up and I need to check and see how that’s going to affect things.

  • Joe

    The title of this article is May 3rd? Time traveling footballbrainiacs!

    • Super K

      ..

  • rphdenton

    per oui……….a texas dt and ou offer, keke……going to tam

    • Gary Robbins

      Ta&m will need some help. Seems they just kicked a dl and lb off their team. It seems 4-star ot Patrick Allen of Reisterstown, Md. has 3 schools on top right now. Georgia is a slight favorite with OU and Ohio State close by. We need ol and dl lineman and I believe we will be there by February.

  • Super Keith

    Very interested in following the Jordan Griffin story. A lot of folks don’t know (or forgot) that Striker was a Brent Venables recruit, so I think it’s great news that we have continued a relationship with the Armwood staff. That’s just an area of the country you want to have a stake.

    • Super K

      Agree very much. Tampa in general has a lot of talent. I was at a spring game there a couple weeks ago and saw a monster OT…I asked coaches about him and they said he was only in 9th grade! lol. Also, saw an incredible DL as well. Both kids will be national recruits and this was just one of many random spring games that was going on that night in the city. I noticed Wisconsin staff has been sending out offers in Florida like they’re going out of style.

  • http://batman-news.com Mr. Jones

    Does OU have any real shot with Lucier-South? Not being skeptical, just haven’t heard of any connections between him and OU.

    • Jordan Esco

      My guess is very little.

  • Jordan Esco
  • Josh

    2016 OT Target from Allen Greg Little was just offered by USC

    • Zack

      If he doesn’t already, he will have 30-40 offers

      • Josh

        Yeah he is piling them up for sure! Hope Bobby Evans works on him all year. Not a bad set of starting OTs for Allen!!

        • EasTex

          The Allen O-line has allowed Murray to pass first. He didn’t do as much running this past season as he did his soph year and doubt he will this year.

          • soonerborn

            I live in Allen and go to all the games. They have a lot of talent. Bob and Co. will need to establish a home here. We have many kids moving in from all over just to play here now with our fame. I do believe that Greg will follow either Kyler or The Evans brothers. I honestly don’t see him going away from them.

          • EasTex

            I’m from this area, too.
            I would sure hate to see Greg go to TAMU with Murray.

          • soonerborn

            They are playing 3 games at Clark Stadium in Plano and 4 games at Kimbrough Stadium. Its in Murphy but Plano ISD. Then we have 1 game at UNT.

          • Zack

            Where are they going to play their games this year? Isn’t their stadium the one I keep hearing about falling apart 2 years or so after being built.

          • EasTex

            They will play their home games in Plano, but don’t know which stadium. Most likely Plano East.
            So far lawsuits have been avoided because the contractor has taken charge of the issue. When all the cement pour samples are examined I suspect some one is getting sued.

          • Josh

            They are going to use all of the Plano Stadiums

        • Zack

          It would be nice to keep that pipeline going but I’m not sure if we’ve actually picked up any other commits from Allen.

          • Josh

            Yeah we missed out on Christian Sam to ASU, he was the other OLB opposite of Tay Evans. It has been an outstanding pipeline for other sports. Currently 2 freshman wrestlers and incoming freshmen in baseball and basketball.

          • bmrsnr

            Don’t forget LaGrone.

  • territorysooner

    2016 WR Conner O’Donnell from Huntersville, NC (Southlake Christian Academy) was also invited to camp this weekend. He will be at OU on Friday and is then going to the Missouri camp. Has offers from VT, UCLA, Miss St.

  • Zack

    Proche committed to smu. I’ve got to think that’s not going to be his last commitment.

    • Sooner Ray

      Still plenty of time to work that kid.

  • soonerborn

    I saw Anthony Hines III at the Allen Eagle spring game. The kid has size. But from what I overheard heard the recruiters say is he doesn’t use his hands well and can’t get off blocks. This came from a Big12 and SEC recruiter.

    • Super K

      Thanks for the note bud!

  • soonerborn

    Also, Jame Porche has committed to SMU

  • Zack

    Ou in the top 10 for Matthew Burrell. Gotta hope the coaches close one of these top oline recruits

  • Gary Robbins

    Would OU offer 4-star, #3 dual threat QB out of Corona, Ca. after his decommit from Notre Dame? He seems to be a heavy lean to Oregon after earlier visit this week. Or is Heupel and company all in or nothing for Gibson in 2015?

    • Zack

      IMO I think they should go all in on Gibson. They’ve got nothing to lose because they’ve got plenty of young qbs right now and they may lead for the 2016 kid out of New Jersey. I think ou is moving up slightly each week as the other schools on his list become less patient and are taking commitments from other qbs.