The Sooners picked up a commit from 2019 Klein (TX) running back Isaiah Spiller last night.
— Ryan Lewis (@RyanLewis_TFB) November 22, 2017
If you have watched any of Spiller’s film, you’d think he would be a huge fan of former Sooners star Joe Mixon, due to similar playing styles; however, Spiller has always been a die-hard AD fan. I caught up with Isaiah’s father, Fred Spiller, to talk about their visit to TCU, why Isaiah chose OU, and his admiration for Adrian Peterson.
Fred was a tightend for the GigEm from 1999 to 2002 before having to give up football due to an ongoing back issue. Fred was considered one to the top TE in the country coming out of Houston (Aldine Nimitz) back in 1999, so he was no stranger to the recruiting game. He was very involved in Isaiah’s process, but let Isaiah make his own decision. Fred readily admits that he, with good reason, made Isaiah watch A&M growing up, saying, “He had to watch the Aggies growing up, but he was always watching AD too.” That fondness for AD really played a role in landing Isaiah. Spiller isn’t the first RB to make his way to Norman because of AD. The other was none other than Joe Mixon.
AD isn’t the only thing the Sooners had going for them, though. Fred noted the relationships with staff playing a big role. “The coaches have built a relationship with him from day one. He loves that staff.” The relationship aspect is something that recruits have noted under Riley and it paid off with Spiller. Their last visit went great too. Isaiah and his dad visited for the TCU game and came away in awe of the atmosphere, noting, “The visit was great and that place was electric. The crowd yelling Boomer and Sooner across the stadium was just awesome.”
Oklahoma is getting a good one in Spiller. His versatility out of the backfield fits the OU offense perfectly. Spiller committing to Oklahoma is something that he has been working towards for a long time, according to Fred. “This is everything Isaiah has worked towards and it’s going how we planned when he was 8 years old.” I asked the elder Spiller if it was odd to see his son playing for a different shade of red. His response? “Boomer Sooner“.