ou-twitter-avatar1 Super K’s Recruiting Summary

Oklahoma had a great finish to their 2014 class and has been really aggressive with their recruiting strategy in 2015. So we’ll go through a few notes:

Torrance Gibson (2015 QB – Plantation, FL) – I’ve known about Torrance for a while through some of my friends in the Miami area. Everyone I’ve talked to about him say he is the absolute real deal. I’ve been told that he’s still raw as a QB, but his upside is tremendous. Torrance has offers from just about everywhere in the country, but just picked up an Oklahoma offer this past week.

I actually asked Torrance a while back (before his OU offer) if that was an offer he wanted and he said absolutely. A lot of folks think he is a long shot for OU, and that may very well be true, but in talking to him after the offer I get the real sense that he’s pretty open right now to all comers. He said he’ll try to make a list of schools he’s seriously considering once he has a chance to take a few unofficial visits around the country.

PJ Mbanasor (2015 CB – Pflugerville, TX) – This was another offer that went out earlier this week, though many people probably didn’t notice because of all the signing day hoopla. PJ is a legit 6’2″ and has really good man-coverage skills for a kid his size. He literally looks like a big safety. He uses his hands well, but relies on them a little too much at times. He’s got to continue working on using his feet to keep himself in position.

PJ is another kid whose ceiling is off the charts. He already looks like an NFL cornerback. He’s currently committed to TCU, however Oklahoma is recruiting him hard and after speaking to PJ I get the sense that he may very well visit for the March 1st jr. day.

Breylin Mitchell (2015 DE – Round Rock, TX) – Speaking of another TCU commit that may be open to Oklahoma, Breylin Mitchell is still being recruited heavily by OU despite his early commitment to the Horned Frogs. Breylin told me that Oklahoma is recruiting him as a defensive end. He said that he’s still open to other schools and certainly open to Oklahoma. The good news for OU fans is Breylin confirmed that he will be at the March 1st jr. day which is starting to look like it could be full of 2015 studs!

Louis Brown (2015 ATH/OLB – Burton, TX) – I love this kid. We haven’t had a chance to take a detailed look at Brown, but everything we’ve seen so far is impressive. He plays a ton of positions for his school but is being recruited by Oklahoma as an outside LB. He’s a very long athletic kid that runs really well. As a running back his lateral movement is something to see.

I talked to Louis a little bit and was supposed to speak to him in more detail yesterday, but was wrapped up with other things. However, when I spoke to him earlier in the week it was clear that he wanted to take a visit to OU for the March 1st jr. day but still needed to get everything worked out with his family.

Conner Dyer (2015 OT – Mesquite, TX) – Conner visited Oklahoma for last week’s jr. day, but I just now finally got a chance to speak to him a little bit. Oklahoma seems to have a bit of an advantage here because he plays for the same team as Oklahoma’s newly signed OG, Jonathan Alvarez. It’s pretty clear that he had a great time at the jr. day and he expressed to me that Oklahoma is a serious contender in his recruitment.

Random 2014 Notes:

Kenyon Frison – How big was that?! That was a huge grab for Oklahoma. There was some confidence that he would end up at OU that came from a family member, but we were still really hesitant because we knew that the Oklahoma coaches were uncertain how it was going to play out all the way up until the night before signing day. Needless to say, they were extremely excited to get the commitment and signature from Kenyon. A true left tackle was a must and we picked up one with a ton of upside.

Steven Parker – As I’ve mentioned, I know Steven’s father pretty well and I just want to say a few things about both of them. You may have noticed that Steven did not have an Auburn or Texas A&M hat on the table. The reason for that is Steven has been raised to respect people and he felt it would be disrespectful to do the “hat thing.” He genuinely loved Coach Sumlin and Coach Yates and the whole Parker family really fell in love with Coach Malzahn as well. Steven’s father really praised Malzahn a great deal. He said he is an incredibly genuine man. In fact coach Malzahn reached out to Steven after he committed to Oklahoma and wished him well and expressed his support for Steven, thanked him for the opportunity to recruit him, and told him that he wished that would have recruited him earlier.

I can tell you that Oklahoma fans should be glad he didn’t, haha. He still may have ended up at OU, but it would have been tougher. Having said that, I cannot tell you what a tremendous job Oklahoma did in recruiting Steven. Parker’s father is not one to give out unwarranted compliments. He’s a straight shooter. So when he says Oklahoma did a magnificent job recruiting Steven you can believe it.

And for those of you who have been wondering if Steven can start from day one…I can tell you that the coaches genuinely believe he can. It’s not just talking points for the public. Coach Mike Stoops absolutely loves Steven’s ability and believes he has a real chance to start as a true freshman. Obviously no one knows for certain, but there is a lot of confidence within Oklahoma about his ability.

Deondre Clark – This is obviously an odd situation. All I really wanted to say on this is something that we mentioned on signing day; namely, that it’s been made clear to us that the journalist who reported that Deondre signed with LSU claims that he was directed to do so by LSU. We weren’t there so we have no direct proof, but that’s what we were told and we have no reason to doubt it. I will say this as well, on signing day, from what I can gather, Oklahoma was in the dark about what was going on. Either way best of luck to the young man.

Courtney Garnett – Despite all the question marks leading up to signing day, Courtney Garnett’s NLI was signed and faxed early in the morning without any drama. The simple reality is that these recruiting trips can be exciting for recruits and it takes time for the excitement to die down so that they can really look at each school for what it really is.

Oklahoma was very fortunate that they had recruited Courtney’s mother so well and of course the fact that Coach Montgomery had such a longstanding relationship with Courtney was big. The recruitment did come all the way down to the night before signing day, but from what I’ve been told is the coaches went to bed confident.


  • Eric Hoffpauir

    Weird. LSU is still saying that they expect to announce the final member of their class on Monday. Don’t know if they have heard for sure or not, or if they are just putting additional pressure on Clark in this way.

    • Super K

      According to the journalist that reported it he was told the NLI was sent in and verified and he was given permission to tweet it out by LSU. According to Deondre that didn’t happen. No one knows for sure but Dre and LSU

      • territorysooner

        and the journalist (whom I have quite a bit of respect for).

  • Jeff Frederick Jr.

    Was the article supposed to say “when Deondre signed with Oklahoma” or “when Deondre signed with LSU”? If it is supposed to be OU, I wasn’t aware that there were any reports that he had done that.

    Either way, thanks for the fantastic job you guys are doing here on TFB. This is by far my new favorite site. Thanks for all of y’alls hard work!

    Boomer Sooner!!!

    • Fear The Magic

      Great recruiting wrap up and just to add to what the others are saying, You guys are doing such a great job. TFB is THE place to come for Sooner updates information and just general discussion. Thank you

    • Super K

      Yes. That was supposed to say LSU. Thanks for the assist on that! :)

      • Doobie74OU

        I’m glad you made a mistake Super K! I was starting to believe you wern’t real just some giant recruiting info computer that spit out Great Info about OU Recruits! HE”S ALIVE!

  • Won

    Thanks for the write-up K
    TFB is the best!

  • Cary Newman

    K

    Thanks for the report. Keep up the great work.

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    Doesn’t hurt that Breylin Mitchell is from Jordan Wade’s hometown either.

  • Ed Cotter

    Great update K, thanks for posting. Can’t wait to see the attendance list for the March Jr. Day.

  • Sooner Ray

    Thanks for the update K. Never thought I’d see us trying to pull kids away from TCU, man how times have changed.

    • Super K

      There are going to be a lot of people trying to steal Mbanasor and Mitchell from TCU. They committed right away.

      • Leroy Jenkins

        I’ve got a friend who goes to TCU. He was excited when the 2014 4* OLB Jimmie Swain committed early, but then changed his mind a month or two before NSD (went to Oregon). I called him yesterday and he was still bitter.

        I expect the same to happen with Mbanasor and Mitchell when the offers start rolling in.

      • Indy_sooner

        Early commits to TCU, just like Zaycoven Henderson last year. I highly doubt they keep either of em’ when the offers start rolling

  • Kevin Fielder

    K…what’s your take on the big OT that signed late Wed? There seems to be some question about qualifying…any news there? Thanks and keep up the great work

  • Mr. CHE

    Great job. I’m glad Clark got to play where his heart is. Let the kids decide where they want to play.

  • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

    *checks his calendar and verifies that this is indeed 2014* *wonders why people are still using fax machines*

    • Sooner Ray

      It’s more exciting to stand around a machine than to watch someone’s inbox.

    • DrZemus

      Faxing is a hassle and if you’re willing to fax something, detailed cover letter and all, then you’re ready to commit.

      I bet, in the future, they’ll simply use FB status updates.

    • Hollerback

      It is still easier than scanning it to a computer and then emailing it, plus the fax machine answers automatically and makes a ruckus, and slowly and dramatically prints it off. However, my old iPhone can take a picture with a document screener free app and text the pdf/jpg very nicely.

      • DrZemus

        Maybe carrier pigeons or the owls used in Harry Potter would be a step in the right direction.

        • Eric Hoffpauir

          Or Game of Thrones-style ravens.

        • red clay

          . . . maybe Mercury, the messenger of the Greek gods, who had winged feet.
          Analogy to our team speed.
          And nod to the Classics majors who read the stories in the original Greek.

          • Sooner Ray

            I’ve always liked a string tied between two cups. (instant communication!)

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            OT but I thought Mercury was a Roman God…Hermes is the Greek God?

          • Sooner Ray

            I haven’t gone and looked up which one of you is correct but I’ve learned never to argue with someone still in school! HAHA.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            It’s not like we learn much anymore. Asides from math, I’ve learned more on my own than I have in School, unfortunately.

          • Sooner Ray

            You will find that life is that way, unfortunately.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            No doubt!

          • red clay

            Patriot you are correct – I looked it up, finally. That’s what I get for shooting from the hip!

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            What’d I win?

          • red clay

            The satisfaction of a job well done and of contributing to the advancement of knowledge. The good stuff is found on FB.

          • Shelby is a Patriot

            Lol sounds good!

    • Bob Edwards

      This may be a legal issue as in what is recognized as a legal way to transmit this legally binding document. Many organizations and the legal code have not caught up to the newer technology.

      • Pokerman

        Heck, I’m a Realtor and I don’t even remember the last time I faxed anything. I create pdf files and email them. Remember all governmental entities are 20 years behind the times in technology (yet think they can do everything better than the private sector – what a joke).

    • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

      Hey, guys,

      Can you fax me these comments? It’s much more exciting to find out that someone has replied to my comment. *wry, but not completely serious smirk*

    • Indy_sooner

      Related story: Remember the Bronco- Dumerville saga where they were late trying to find a Kinkos to fax their $8 Mil contract?
      I mean, how can you make 8 million a year and not have a damn fax machine? Heck I’d have one in every room. Heck, I would personally deliver the contract myself. There is some serious retard in how these guys and their agents handle finances.

    • soonerinks

      I am a big proponent of bringing back the pony express. The horses need the work.

      • Boomer4life

        An army of Saint Bernard’s with mini kegs hanging around their necks makes the most sense. But that’s just me.

        • Sooner Ray

          Mini my a$$, make then drag up the big boy and tap that sucker!

          • Boomer4life

            Lol!

    • Aaron Simpkins

      Now a days a lot of financial institutions are doing the whole e-sig thing, won’t be long before this is the norm….

      • Gregor

        I am in insurance and I probably do 99% esign these days. There are still a few agents in my office that scan and email or fax documents, but that’s probably for not much longer.

  • CoachStauder

    Mike offered Steven before he played a snap as a Junior in high school. I think that is the only indicator we need as to how much talent the kid has.

    Does the offer to Mbanasor delay the offer to Darreyl Patterson? The coaches said they were evaluating further before they decide to offer. Just curious as they both seem to be similar builds.

    • Super K

      I think PJ’s offer delayed some other offers perhaps including Darreyls. They’re going to evaluate Darreyl in the spring. The simple reality though is none of the CBs on their board were as big as PJ. When I say he’s big I mean he is REALLY big.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    What do you think some needs are for 2015? Do you think we can be a little more selective with who we recruit since OU is “cool again” (like Mike Stoops said)?

    I also saw that OU made Jarrett Stidham’s top 10. He’s still probably going to Tech or Baylor, but he’d be incredible in our system. I hope he becomes our #1 QB target.

    Great write up, and I’m glad Dre Clark went where he wanted. I wish him the best down in the Bayou, he’s still a great player.

    • Ed Cotter

      Wow, I posted about Stidham just after you did. He has to be our #1 QB target, but will be tough to pry out of Texas.

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Notice that he didn’t put the TU Stronghorns on his list? That wouldn’t have happened in the Mack Brown era.

      • Sooner Ray

        A lot can change in a year, at least there’s a chance.

    • Sooner Ray

      Seen on a LSU site (SB NATION) Dre is signed and they plan to red shirt him for being undersized. Just don’t understand the big plans for Monday, the whole thing is weird. As long as the kid is happy, best to him.

  • Ed Cotter

    With Gibson that brings the total to three or four the number of QBs that Heupel has offered so far for 2015, a direct departure from his past practice of offering only one guy and staying with him until he commits to OU or elsewhere. I like that he is offering more guys….first guy to commit gets the spot.
    On a side note Jarrett Stidham has tweeted his Top 10 and OU is on it.

  • The Legendary Carl

    Hey guys, thanks for all the info! Best OU site around in my opinion!

    Small request, when you guys are listing recruits like up above, can you list their hometown? It adds so much information about them in just a couple words.

    Keep up the great work!

    PS – what does Esco hafta do around here to be an official brainiac??

    • Jordan Esco

      I’ve been trying to add that when possible. I’ll go back and edit here also, just give me a sec.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    My aforementioned friend at TCU just emailed me a TCU Rivals article ranking 2014 QB’s. They have their QB #1, giving TCU “the best signal caller class in the conference and one of the best in the country.”

    Justice Hansen? #6. The reason: “The problem is, OU has over/under 32 quarterbacks it seems like so he will have to really shine to get a shot soon.”

    LOL

    • Super K

      We had our former NFL pro scout and Landry Jones take the blind tape test on Justice Hansen, David Cornwell and Cody Thomas. Results should be up next week.

      • Borba22

        I love how you guys get former players in on these evaluations. Really cool.

      • BozemanSooner

        can’t wait to see it. that’s a top notch feature that you guy have

      • Rick

        I have been very displeased with the local sports media types. Especially Sports Animal, NewsOk etc. You guys are a breath of fresh air for me. I appreciate your candor, you don’t mind speaking your mind. I don’t feel that you are trying to sound or act like anyone else other than yourselves. I am one of your older posters and actually remember going to Memorial Stadium to see teams coached by Bud Wilkinson. I have witnessed many “experts” come and (mostly) go, but for my part as long as you are doing exactly what you are doing, I will be an extremely happy camper. In my opinion you are the best by far. Not just because of what you think, but because you go back like in this particular case to get opinions from the best. Thanks!

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          Thanks Rick! Spread the word about us!

      • ToatsMcGoats

        Sweet. Have I told you guys how much I love this site?

    • CoachStauder

      Foster Sawyer is a solid QB prospect for TCU, but by no means is he better than Heard, Allen, Hansen or even the OSU kid, Mason Randolph (Rudolph maybe?). That is an absolute joke of an article aimed at keeping morale high since TCU has the worst class in the Big12 according to some.

    • Super Keith

      I agree with that assessment. The kid TCU landed (actually both of them) could easily start next year.

      There’s a big difference though, TCU hasn’t done a very good job recruiting the position in the past couple of years, and badly needed to find a kid that could come in and help immediately. OU, on the other hand, recruits a QB every year that could probably start somewhere else in the country. I also think we can afford to develop kids over time (one of the benefits of recruiting a QB in every class).

      • Leroy Jenkins

        I mentioned that article because they aren’t actually grading the specific QB, but instead on getting immediate playing time. That doesn’t make sense, unless like you said TCU badly needed someone to come in and compete. They need to get the fans optimistic about the position.

        Clearly Heard (UT) & Hansen (at least) are two new QB’s in the Big XII who have good skills and could start for a number of programs. To knock them because they won’t see the field immediately totally misses the point, in my opinion. But I hope one of those guys pans out for TCU, I was excited that they joined the Big XII and love their new stadium renovations.

        • Sooner Ray

          Leroy, you got kids at TCU? Your starting to scare me into thinking your a horned frog homer! LOL!

          • Leroy Jenkins

            Haha nope, just some friends there. Went to a game against SMU last year and the new renovations are nice. Didn’t wear any purple so it’s all good.

  • soonerinks

    TFB, the gift that keeps on giving. Love it!

  • Doobie74OU

    NSD 2015 just 12 months away people TIME TO GET PUMPED UP! LOL! I almost get as jacked up about our recruits and Signing Day as I do the games themselves. Thanks for the 2015 Fix K!

    • Super K

      haha! You’re welcome!

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

    Now time for 2015 :)

  • Atlantasooner

    Louis Brown in his highlights makes this awesome play where he “blocks” a punt by tackling the punter and forcing a fumble. From the edge he plows thru the punter protectors just trucking the guy and then smacks the punter.
    His highlighs at RB are pretty funny watching a guy that tall look that nimble moving his feet at RB.

    • Super K

      We are on the same page!

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Louis is 1 or 1a on my wishlist at the olb spot. Kid will be special in a 3-4 scheme.

      • Atlantasooner

        Yeah for a second I thought might be thinking of using at TE after he bulks up. Either way makes a lot of sense.

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Have you looked at Kendall Sheffield any? How do you think he compares with Mbanasor?

  • Daryl

    I know that it all seems to be pointing another direction with Deondre Clark, BUT does anyone else not think that Stoops saying in his press conference that they hope to have another Def. Signee means try still feel they are in the mix? I have feeling that the staff is really confident based on that. Bob doesn’t usually say things like just because.

    • CoachStauder

      They did that day. Not anymore. Clark has admitted to signing and faxing his LOI and has finally stopped slandering the good name of the reporter involved.

      • Daryl

        So he changed since yesterday when he said he was announcing Monday? That was the last I heard. Everything else I have seen is guys reporting stuff but nothing confirmed.

        • CoachStauder

          He is still “announcing” Monday. DC, Dorshell, and the coach at Douglas (Willis Alexander) all lied saying he didn’t send it in. He is announcing Monday because school has been closed. He tried to build the drama by saying nothing was final at the expense of a reputable reporter’s name.

          • Sooner Ray

            Personally, I think the OU program may have been spared a headache. Time will tell.

          • TheMind___Gap

            Yeah I really agree about the possible headache. Not saying that I am glad we didn’t sign him but I’m not worried about it in the least.

  • Sonny Schovanec

    http://www.soonersports.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?SPSID=750323&SPID=127245&DB_OEM_ID=31000&id=2834814&db_oem_id=31000
    You guys were talking about Walker the other day. The Olineman dominated in OU’s first Okie drill except CW. watch for yourselves. About the forth or fifth rep. hit the above link.

    • bmrsnr

      Impressive anytime a true freshman dominates a SR but that SR was Woods.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        Actually didn’t know who it was against. Didn’t matter after seeing CW’s explosive Get Off. I don’t know because I’m not at practice but with his explosiveness and quickness I bet he made a lot of OU’s Olineman look bad. Very talented kid.

      • Sonny Schovanec

        Geez after watching it again Woods didn’t get out of his stance. Yikes.

    • JSam

      This just in: Keith Ford is a BEAST. This is the video in which he trucked Jordan Phillips and really got people talking…

      • Sooner Ray

        I can’t wait to see how the new bruisers Flowers and Perine do in the drill.

    • Daryl

      I think there is another Oklahoma drill video with him and Walker dominates in as well. Hoping his HS injuries kept him hidden for us and now he can stay healthy.

      • Eric Hoffpauir

        Thank God it worked for us and Colvin. Not saying we wouldn’t have gotten him, but he was injured in high school and most teams and recruiting services slept on him as a result.

  • Randy White

    Just saw Franks and Hollis have quit the team. No reasons given. Speculation?

    • Jordan Esco

      Can’t speak to either, though I’d speculate on Hollis. He’d been moved btwn offense and defense, never really had a chance to see the field. I’d guess, if he has desires to play, he realized that was really only going to happen elsewhere.

      • Sooner Ray

        Without knowing anything, Don’t you have to think they both looked at the talent around them and seen the writing on the wall?

    • beavmiester

      Thanks for pointing that out. Speaking of transferring, does anyone have any ideas of where Kendall Thompson will be going?

      • red clay

        beav –
        JE answered me on this question earlier in comments under the inside the program article – nothing will happen with KT until he graduates in May.

        • beavmiester

          Gotcha. Thanks for the heads up.

  • OUknowitscomin

    I noticed the non-hat routine for Parker and really liked that as well. Quality young man of character there from everything I’ve heard. I’m pretty sure Quick didn’t do the hat thing either…not to mention putting on the Sugar Bowl hat was a cool thing. Quick seems to be of great character too, just how he handles things…even down to Twitter. Low key and very humble is how he comes off

    • Sooner Ray

      Parker is a class act and I hope many of our recruits are. I don’t think many of the home grown boys made a dramatic spectacle out of the signing process.

  • EasTex

    The OU brand has experienced a resurgence since the Sugar Bowl was such a high visibility win, but the work the coaches have done in recruiting has capitalized on that energy.
    The type of season the Sooners have in 2014 will also impact their recruiting. Making the first playoff would be a recruiting bonanza.

    Some believe Bobby Evans is the best OT recruit in Texas, sure hope he follows his big brother to Norman.
    I would love to see Jamabo sign with OU, but at this point I am not getting my hopes up. Regardless, his high school is only minutes away from where I live and I plan on going to a game or two just out of appreciation for his talent.

    • Sooner Ray

      I thought I read somewhere that the Evans brothers wanted to play at the same college.

      • EasTex

        It’s a long time til next NSD.
        I sure hope Bobby follows Tay. He is not only talented, but comes from an outstanding program and his coaching shows in his game film.

      • EasTex

        Best video showing Bobby is a Kyler Murray highlight video.
        He is the LT #70 and keep in mind he is a junior.

        • Sooner Ray

          Thanks, looks like he is one heck of a LT. And he’s still growing!

      • Shifty

        Everything I’ve read or heard says we shouldn’t have any trouble getting him to Norman…Pic of Stoops in their living room w their dads jersey (OU) in a shadow box above the fireplace. He’s pretty much a lock to be a sooner

        • Sooner Ray

          I’ve always thought we should recruit guys with little brothers, you know, keep it in the family…..lol!

    • Indy_sooner

      Very unlikely for him to switch schools.Both are legacies that Bob has still been putting serious effort on. I believe Stoops visited with them and their coach earlier this month.

      • EasTex

        I understand and believe him to be a future Sooner, but until that Fax with his name comes in I can’t celebrate.
        Just hope some little head-turner doesn’t come along and drag him off with her to some other school.

  • John Garner

    Great stuff, as always! Thanx!

  • Daddy R

    Hello All! I have been reading for a few months, but this is my first post… Love this site! Thank you!

    • Sooner Ray

      Welcome. Looks like you’re part of the family since this has only been around for a few months.

      • Daddy R

        Thank you! Yea, I’ve read many comments and posts. I’ve seen your name around here a lot Sooner Ray! I certainly love how up-to-date the info is, and how clean the boards are.

    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      Tomorrow will be our 4th month of being in existence! We started October the 8th. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Daddy R

        4 months! Nice! Best site for factual, relevant Sooner info I have EVER been too.

  • Will Narramore

    What are the needs, if any, for the 2015 class?

    • Sooner Ray

      Our biggest is offensive tackle, we lose ours after this season so bringing in some quality in ’15 to get behind the ’14 class is an absolute need.

      • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

        You got Bobby Evans committed now, and he will be Elite. If we can get any of the guys who came to the Junior Day i.e. Toby Weathersby, Connor Lanfear, Conner Dyer or Keaton Sutherland we may be good there. We have Brown, Paul who can play right and Frison in the fold for 14 now.

        • Sooner Ray

          Oh yeah, If these coaches can keep bringing these beefcakes in we are going to be stacked like a brick sh%t house!

        • KellyB

          What about Garrett Thomas from Louisiana? Big kid

          • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

            Don’t know a lot about him