ou-twitter-avatar1 Open Post | Wednesday, March 26th (UPDATE 11:57 am)

- We haven’t been talking much about linebackers on the website these days, so we figured now was a good time to mention a lesser known but talented LB that OU appears to be recruiting. A couple weeks ago College Station, TX native Riley Garner (VIDEO) made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma. He reached out to us yesterday and let us know that the OU coaches have continued to recruit him. He’s been hearing primarily from Coach Kish. After hearing from him, I had a chance to look at his film for the first time.

He plays OLB in an odd front, but in looking at his frame and how the plays, I wonder if his greater upside could be at inside LB. He navigates traffic well and looks good when he drops. Actually, he looks like a guy who could find space as an A or B gap blitzer and would excel at it. He’s a pretty good edge rusher, but the way he sidesteps traffic prevents his momentum continuing to move forward makes me feel like he’d be better utilized up the gut. He stands around 6’3″ and is already around 210+ lbs, but that’s still pretty skinny. I’d turn him him into a 235-240 pound thumper of an ILB, who can still give you some depth in his drops. He doesn’t hold an OU offer yet, but it’s clear the coaches are recruiting him so it’s a bit of a wait and see right now.

– Yesterday Torrance Gibson mentioned that he’s going to move his commitment timeline up. I talked to my friend, who is Gibson’s coach and is traveling with him, and he said that what Gibson meant was that he will decide after his five official visits. If you weren’t aware, the initial plan/talk was that he’d likely wait until closer to National Signing Day next February. Really the competition right now isn’t about winning a commitment from Gibson. It’s about winning a spot in the top five and getting an official visit.

In addition to the obvious reasons OU needs to win an official, Torrance’s mother hasn’t been on any of these unofficial visits. So the first and only time she’ll see Oklahoma, or any out-of-state campuses, will be on an official visit. And there is an old saying in recruiting “what mama wants…mama gets.” Now in this particular case, there are other people who are going be important in advising Torrance, including his coaches, but it’s clear to me that his coach was really happy with the visit to Norman.

I checked with the coach to see if Oklahoma was still sitting good after Torrance’s visit’s to LSU and Auburn, and he confirmed the Sooners are still looking good. He said the OU coaches just have to continue to recruit him. I’m going to continue to check with people in the Miami area, especially when these trips are over, but for now we seem to still be holding strong.

– Wanted to also mention that one of “Big Texas 3″, Jaylon Lane, picked up three offers yesterday from Arkansas St, Utah St, and Kentucky. Also spoke to a friend from Notre Dame, and he said that they will likely offer as well. Lane’s recruiting continues to heat up, and we continue to watch it because he’s a guy Oklahoma is in contact with. And depending on how things go with other recruits, Lane could get an OU offer at some point.

– This past weekend, 2015 OU WR target John Humphrey Jr. took a visit to Baylor. We spoke to him for a bit and plan on talking to him some more, but it’s very clear that Baylor made a darn good impression him. WR is one position where Baylor can compete with just about anyone in the country. My sense from Humphrey, prior to his trip to Baylor, is that Oklahoma was in really good shape — perhaps even the leader. I’ll need to talk to him more to get a sense of how high Baylor has moved up, but in the brief exchange we’ve had so far I’d say they’re up there. The fact is that Baylor has some real sway right now with Central and SE Texas recruits.

– Also spoke a little bit with Breiden Fehoko (Honolulu, HI) recently. We’ll try to do a write up about him, but wanted to let y’all know that he and his family are still flying to the mainland this April. And they are definitely going to try to make it to Norman for the spring game. If, for whatever reason, that plan would not work out, they would like to make it in for a practice, or any sort of unofficial visit.

It continues to be clear that Fehoko and Coach Montgomery’s relationship really stands out for the Hawaii product. Breiden getting a chance to be on campus would be huge, and it’s obvious he really wants to visit. Oklahoma is under serious consideration. It really is amazing how many top flight players Montgomery is in on right now.

– Also, wanted to address a comment made in yesterday’s open post regarding some unspecified rumors about Frank Shannon. We aren’t really sure what exactly the rumor was, but from everything we’ve been told Frank is fine and fully participated in Tuesday’s practice. So if the rumor is related to his status on the team, then it’s false.

- UPDATE (11:57 am): And just like that, OU has offered another of the “Big Texas 3″

 

 


  • hOUligan

    Thanks for the updates on Gibson and Fehoko in particular. Coaches have said OU will always feature a ‘pass first’ offense so whatever shortcomings there are with Gibson’s passing, they must be things CHeupel sees he can coach/correct. Will see how hard they pursue Gibson, now. And you talk about your ‘difference makers’, Coach Monty is strong even getting a visit out of Breiden. Keeping him from Tech, BYU or the west coast schools will be a chore.

  • SoonerPhins

    Do you think Gibson could be a starter as a True Freshman? If so Auburn might be the one to beat. Cam Newton was one of his idols (If I remember correctly) and this is Nick Marshall’s last year. Also he will get the spot light if he goes to the SEC from ESecPN. Just a thought, hope the OU coaches can reel him in.

    • Jordan Esco

      Does he have the talent to be? Yes (at least IMO).

      Would he be a polished enough passer to be based on what OU does offensively? I’d say that’s unlikely.

      Would there even be a starting spot available w/ the guys already on campus and presumably still ahead of him once he’d arrive next year? Again, I’d say unlikely.

  • BigJoeBrown

    When I read about guy’s being on the fence, waiting or commit somewhere else, it just reiterates the need for a really big upcoming season. The Sugarbowl gave us a huge boost and allowed OU to enter some households, but a successful season will invite us to the dinner table.

    • Super K

      Agree. In talking to kids, especially in Texas, a lot of them are waiting to see how Baylor and Texas look and whether OU is “really back” or was the Alabama thing just an anomaly.

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

        It’s curious to me that they have reservations about Oklahoma being “really back” when Texas has been down for years and Baylor only won their first conference title just last year before getting obliterated in their bowl game. A very curious perception indeed…..

        • Jeff Poole

          It’s comical really…ut is the poster child for underachieving and Baylor is the flavor of the month. Fancy uniforms and fast paced offense, kids like shiny things. Wake me up when they beat someone (anyone) away from home. If recruits are seriously waiting to see if we are “back”, I would seriously just ask them where exactly they thought we “went”. I guess winning the big 12 8 out of the last 14 years is just not enough… guess its better to have a combined 3 titles like the 3 Texas schools.

  • Sooner Ray

    Thanks for clearing up the Gibson confusion, that makes perfect sense.

  • Zack

    Finally on the jaylon lane front. Now for Patterson

    • Super K

      It’s interesting that they went after Lane before Patterson. With them only wanting to take 2 to 3 CBs and us sitting well with Patterson, Mbanasor and others…gotta wonder if this made end up being a first come first serve kind of thing. That sounds audacious when we are sitting here without any current commits but a few things fall into place and it could bottleneck quickly going into the summer.

      • Doobie74OU

        Do you think the lack of a Patterson offer is because they are in such a good place with him? Like fishing to see where they sit with other higher profile recruits thinking they have Patterson in their back pocket! Seems like we strung Justin Manning along so much last year we lost him to TA&M. I know we are in on several top CB so a bit of a different situation but if they really only want 2 or 3 then Patterson has basically said he would commit as soon as offered leaving only one or two spots and with Mbanasor the Texas Big 3 and 3 or 4 Cali kids seems like a touchy spot to be in for the coaches.

      • Zack

        I would still think Patterson would help get Barnett. And if he’s as good as the other corners then I say who cares if that takes a spot a Cali kid may have taken. My other thought is I’m not overly impressed with the safety we have committed is he projected too move to linebacker? If so I think one of the big corners could be recruited as a safety right?

  • Jordan Esco

    Here’s some video on Lane.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUfvcdoQDvA

  • wolfbuilder

    With 2 good DL already on board, if both Fehoko and McKenzie wanted to commit would we take them both or is it one or the other?????

    • Ed Cotter

      I can’t see OU NOT taking both. When you can get two studs, you take ‘em.

      • wolfbuilder

        I agree just wondered where some of u stand on this

        • Zack

          Well I would think fehoko and lampkin would be defensive ends and Mckenzie and Overton would be nose tackles. Assuming they will stay in the 3 man front. I don’t think they would turn them down at all and they could always not take as many in 2016.

          • Super K

            Youre right Zack. Fehoko and Lampkin are being recruited to play DE. Overton is a nose all the way and I was told McKenzie is whatever he wants to be.

          • Ed Cotter

            Whatever he wants to be…….I like that K.

  • Indy_sooner

    Like clockwork. I love the Lane offer

    • Super K

      lol all 3 of the big Texas 3 have been offered now. We’re gonna have to find some new players haha!

      • Indy_sooner

        What was the “consultation fee” Stoops coughed up? Lemme guess, there’s a NDA ;) …jk

    • Doobie74OU

      When the Football Brainics talk COACHES LISTEN!

  • ratman

    Still some rumors on Frank Shannon?? Any updates??

    • Zack

      No one has really stated what it was on this site. I’m wondering if it was a teaser on a money site.

      • ratman

        One guy that is a regular poster says he is gone??

        • Zack

          If he was kicked off the team every one would have ran that story. In the dog house though? Who knows.

          • Sooner Ray

            There’s a lot of chatter out there Zack but no facts are being produced, not even consistent assumptions so it may be a wildfire. Someone may have repeated something that they heard from their cousins ex-boyfriends half brother and it took off like a dead pine tree soaked in gasoline leaning on the charcoal grill.

          • Zack

            Oh I believe there’s chatter I just haven’t been able to find where it is or who the source is.

          • Sooner Ray

            No sources, no story. IMO.

          • Zack

            Yeah that’s what I’m thinking. Dean Blevins and bbj would be all over some news like this

  • Jason Vos

    Super K, I know u already talked about the Frank SHannon issue. But some ppl on some forums are adamant that he is no longer on the team. Can u do some further research on this thanks

  • blac1819

    The Riley kid is definitely an ILB.
    He does a great job initiating contact, separating, identifying and attacking The ball carrier.
    We seem to recruit good athletes at ILB or MLB, but not good football players.
    This kids 40 time says 4.52 but he’s nowhere close to that.
    But if he is really 6’3 or 6’1 I’d take him.
    ILB has more important traits than how fast you can run 40 yards in.
    Lehman, Lofton, Calmus, or even OSUs Leavy this year.
    Good Ds have LBs who fill their gaps, and then can hit you In the mouth

    • Sooner Ray

      I know what you’re saying about the important traits, Lehman had them and I think he was a 4.4 sec 40 guy so best of both worlds I guess.

    • nate g

      I’d say 40 time is more relevant than height. That’s really insignificant for an ILB.