humphrey Open Post | Monday, June 16th (UPDATE 4:28)

Image of John Humphrey via Yahoo Sports

– As mentioned this past weekend, we had a chance to catch up with 2015 WR and Baylor commit John Humphrey. Prior to his commitment, Humphrey had visited Oklahoma for one of their jr. days. He and his family had a great time, but subsequent to that they made a trip to Waco, and soon thereafter Humphrey committed to the Bears. I asked Humphrey if he was open again, and he answered in the affirmative. In fact, he said — again, as noted this past weekend — “I’m really feeling OU right now. They are making a push to be my number one school.”

He told me that his relationship with Coach Norvell continues to get stronger. He also said that Bob Stoops has been communicating with him and his family, and the coaches have been emphasizing just how much they want him. Humphrey wasn’t in the least bit shy about his interest in the Sooners, and it sounds like the OU staff is simply out recruiting Baylor right now.

– A reader asked if we could get an update on a few of the Cali guys (Ykili Ross, Isaiah Langley and Dechaun Holiday). I did get in touch with Holiday and he wasn’t too open about where things stand, but in the past he’s certainly let me know that UCLA has his attention. He did tell me over the weekend that Oklahoma has continued to recruit him, so he does have regular contact with OU. I asked him if he was planning on taking an official visit to Norman and he said, “I will have to see how everything plays out.” Like I said, couldn’t get anything too definitive. We’ll work on getting updates on the other two players mentioned.

But it will come as no surprise to all of you that the biggest competition for all three of these elite CBs is going to be USC and/or UCLA. I’ve asked around and USC is planning on taking 2-3 CBs. They’ve already got one committed and probably lead for Iman Marshall as well. I don’t know how many CBs UCLA will take this year, but they did take three big time CBs last year. So one would have to assume they are looking to take one or at most two in this year’s class. So again, it sounds like OU is going to stay in the fight for all these guys and hope they can add a second star CB to their list.

– Had a brief exchange with 2016 DL Isaiah Chambers from Houston, and he said that he’s very interested in making it up to Oklahoma for an unofficial visit this summer if possible. Chambers and Ed Oliver are friends and it sounds like Coach Montgomery is putting in work with those two.

– Another player who told me he really wants to make it up to Norman for an unofficial this summer is 2015 OT and OU offer, Garrett Thomas. Thomas said he’s trying to take a return trip to Oklahoma “as soon as possible.”

- UPDATE (4:28 pm): Little while ago from one-time Sooners commit Du’Vonta Lampkin with a Top 5, all of whom will apparently get official visits.

 


  • AlvinMack55

    Excellent news w/ Humphrey! As far as the Cali recruiting goes, I’d be surprised if they don’t sign at least 1-2 guys from there this year.

    • Zack

      I hope they flip him apparently he’s running 4.25s. When you say 1 or 2 do you mean just DBs or at least 1 or 2 Cali kids any position?

      • AlvinMack55

        Any position.

        • Zack

          Ok yeah I could buy that but the corners I felt good about 2 months ago since then though I don’t think we will land one of them.

    • JB

      We need at least 2 Cali kids, preferably more. I place a higher value on Cali kids (and Florida kids) over TX kids.

      • Indy_sooner

        I dunno man, I realize you were probably not making a reference on DBs but I don’t mind picking up a few Zack Sanchez’ every year (#38 Athlete FYI). If the talent is there let’s get them all whether they are in Idaho or Ontario. I do think opening up nationally has done very well for us

        • J.K. Abbott

          No Sh1t. Texas kids have been too the Sooners for a long time. But this staff will recruit a kid if he can play anywhere. Coach Mont has been in every state in the US and would go to Mars if there was a player living there.

          • Gary Robbins

            So true. He probably has enough frequent travel miles to get there and back.

      • Zack

        I agree I would like more Cali recruits to end up in Norman but to me it’s a wash between the 3 states each one has it’s benefits. Me personally I like north texas kids because chances are more likely they grew up fans of ou.

      • AlvinMack55

        I think getting somewhere around 2/3 of every class from Oklahoma & Texas should be a priority. The rest is a wash for me. CA & FL are both talent rich areas. I like what the coaches have been doing in recruiting LA & other southeastern states more.

    • Ed Cotter

      Being from Cali, and especially So. Cal., there definitely is some good talent out here. It is just pretty hard to sway the elite players from USC and UCLA. OU does it right though. Recruit the kid early and stay on ‘em. I can tell you we got Bolton because of how hard the Sooners recruited his teammate Sua Cravens the year before, and he was able to make a connection with Kish because of it. OU keeps working on kids from Serra, we may not get a guy this year, but we will in subsequent years. Just have to keep putting in the work and this coaching staff has shown that they will. BOOMER!!

      • Zack

        I guess there’s speculation that if ou can’t get Gibson and fails to make progress with the ones they’re not looking to offer right now that they may go after the qb from junipero.

        • Ed Cotter

          Very possible. Don’t think OU is too worried about a QB for this class if they don’t get Gibson. Especially with a Soph, Red shirt Frosh and True Frosh eligible this year and a red shirt Soph for 2015 in Mayfield working out. Not a bad problem to have.

          • Zack

            I agree honestly if they miss out on their top guy they might as well not take anyone except maybe a local walk on. I would hate to see them give a scholarship to a guy who may never play and us possibly have to turn away a good corner or wideout.

          • Ed Cotter

            exactly. Then they can go after a stud 2016 guy that will have a chance to play by his Jr. year at the latest.

          • Chase Korenek

            Agree, I have also heard the Junipero rumor, but I really don’t want them going after a QB just for the sake of getting a QB for this class. They really don’t need one. But hey…I’ll let my OU coaches make that call…I just watch the games (:

          • Zack

            I agree but I will say we did kind of take a qb for the sake of it in 2005 and it turned out to be Bradford so like you said I’ll trust the coaches.

      • J.K. Abbott

        It’s about those relationships built not only with kids but their HS coaches. Coach Mike and GA Coach Vinney Sp?? Have a great relationship with the staff and kids in Fresno. Good enough too pull some studs out of there the past couple of years. Coach Mike has been all over Micah since his Soph year.

  • Gary Robbins

    Hurry up September. You might have seen these before. Something to read on a Monday morning. Seen these posted by rhbboomer 74 on Sooners Illustrated.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrWxoJ_MoVw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…&feature=kp

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKnMbWAl0Uw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5f2lGTBfoM

    • J.K. Abbott

      The OSU radio call of this years game last drive is Classic!!!

  • Super K

    If I had to guess I’d say that Lampkin top 5 is actually in order.

    • BoomerDave

      Can you repeat his Top 5 please. For some reason I cannot see it. Thanks in advance.

      • John Garner

        I can’t see it either.

        • Sooner Ray

          I had no problem with the link but it was, in order, tejas,OU.LSU, ASU, Missouri.

  • soonerborn

    The OT Keaton Sutherland committed to gaggies

    • Sooner Ray

      You just made me gag. :-)

      • soonerborn

        Jordan, I think he has been an gaggie lean, but finally pulled the trigger. I can’t wait to see them this year….

    • Jordan Esco

      didn’t that happen a while ago?

  • Sooner Ray

    At least we’ve got a shot at Lampkin, looks like tejas is giving him love on the twit, all the Sooner tweeter’s need to bombard him.

    • Zack

      I would rather our tweet brigade would go after fehoko and others. If lampkin decides to choose ou I would hope the coaches have already gotten enough to turn him away.

      • Sooner Ray

        I just stay in a “beat tejas” mode whether we need him or not.

        • EasTex

          As a Texian, I resent the fact that TSIA(that school in Austin) is some how the representative of this great state. I’ll say it again, the absolutely best thing about Austin is…it’s only 20 minutes from Texas.

      • Steve Cooke

        Agreed!

  • Big Higg

    Any word in Fehoko?

  • BigJoeBrown

    Interesting if Lampkin makes the Red Rivershoot out his year. OU is the home team.

  • Zack

    Jalen chipping in.

    • Sooner Ray

      Seen that earlier, that’s awesome that Norvell and Hump were talking about Saunders. Even better that Saunders was getting in on the conversation. I like the way this is going.

    • EasTex

      Very nice!
      Someone should tweet Humphrey the link to the OU tunnel walk at the RRR from 2012.

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      At this point I’ll be surprised if we don’t flip him.

      • Zack

        Me too I think he would be awesome for our offense. Well really any offense he’s been clocked at 4.25 that’s crazy.