2017 EVAL: OL Creed Humphrey

Image via @creed_humphrey

One of my favorite players in this 2017 class, and top OU offensive line target, happens to be none other than Shawnee, Oklahoma’s own Creed Humphrey. As you may know by now, Humphrey is looking to announce his commitment in the coming weeks and understandably many are hoping the OK Preps standout stays close to home.

You’ve heard me say it a hundred times throughout the past few years; you never know how a guy is going to develop or how hard a guy is prepared to work. A year ago Humphrey was 6’3″ 310, then showed up earlier this year at a regional Nike ‘Opening’ event checking in at 6’5″ 297. To my original point, when you see the difference between what he looked like a year ago as compared to now it’s abundantly clear just how much work he has put in to develop physically.

While it doesn’t necessarily happen often, it’s certainly not unheard of for a guy to grow a couple of inches his senior year, or even into his freshman year in college. In fact, the exact same thing happened with myself during my freshman year. At any rate, you can really tell Humphrey has put in the work to become a top flight prospect that a number of elite programs in the country are all after.

The reason they’re after him is that he’s just flat-out nasty. Watching his junior film, heck even his sophomore film when we first got tipped off about him, you could tell he was a hard worker. I tend to gauge a prospect’s work ethic based on how they finish a play. Are they willing to put in that extra effort, or simply coast if given the opportunity. And with Humphrey, there are very few plays on his film where you don’t see him blocking a guy five or ten yards downfield and/or burying them altogether.

I often frustrated when people send me film, or a kid hits me up, I watch it, and they’re not finishing people off when given the chance. They’re just content getting in someone’s way or making that initial contact. Humphrey is the exact opposite of that.

The film I’ve seen has him out at tackle for the Wolves, but I’m of the opinion he projects as an interior player at the next level. That said, he’s athletic enough to bump outside to tackle in spot duty if need be. But I believe Humphrey most likely going to be a ‘jumbo’ center in college.

Being able to play center at 6’5″ is no small feat either, because a lot of the time you’re going to face those shorter (6’2″, 6’3″) defensive tackles who have a natural low point/center-of-gravity advantage. I know you’ve heard the saying “low man wins in football many times,” so for a guy to be able to come in and be 2 to 3 inches taller yet still possess the ability to win the pad level war speaks a lot to his hip flexibility and athleticism.

Going into the ‘Opening” event in New Orleans, I was naturally interested in how Humphrey would show out with guys like Alex Leatherwood and Saadiq Charles,  Alabama and LSU commits respectively, also in attendance. Well, Humphrey certainly did not disappoint, stoning virtually everyone he went up against.

Humphrey is a talented, gritty, hard-working kid willing to do what it takes to get it done. Whatever school earns his commitment in the coming weeks will be getting a good one, that’s for sure.

  • metzker

    Great stuff JY,Welcome back.

    • Jake

      Sounds like Humphrey could Metz some future Sooner opponents up.

      • metzker

        Yep.

  • metzker

    Dude is nasty.

  • Sooner Ray

    Great to see you back in the house JY, I really like this kid too and hope he ends up in Norman.

  • Collin

    Anybody order a hearty portion of pancakes?!

  • cdzendolet

    Hopefully this guy suits up in Crimson and Cream next year! We need some road graders to keep paving the way for our deep, deep running back corps

  • cush creekmont

    Keep this young man HOME! We are starting to get stout on OUr O-Line. We need to keep rolling – and in-state guys that want to work hard are +++++++++++++++.

  • Brian

    IHOP called – Creed’s needed at the location in Norman

  • j l

    I was going to ask if playing center at 6’5 was doable, and then you address it in the article. You rock!

  • cush creekmont

    And Thanks a lot JY – missed your insightfulness!

  • soonerbred4ever

    He really does have a nasty streak. I just watched his tape and it’s very impressive

  • BigJoeBrown

    Thanks JY, great write up! Really hoping the Humphrey joins the SoonerNation. #SoonerSquad17

  • CrimsonNative

    You can tell he likes to be the aggressor. He’s already pretty quick for such a big kid.

  • Defend Colfax

    What year is this?!

    Thanks JY

    • Sooner Ray

      The film? 2015, junior season.

  • Tony B

    He looks good JY and I agree he’s a finisher. Does he have a tendency to tip has hat when pulling sometimes? I thought I notice a lean or different stance when he pulled. It’s a little hard to tell on tape.

  • McKinzie

    Carrying blocks 10-15 yards past the LOS is a rarity in HS football. Great film.

  • KJ1123

    Kids got nice aggressiveness. He looks like he’d fit better at guard for us. Tends to lean in his pass set but definitely can stop a bull rush. Hope he chooses the good guys!

    • SoonerinLondon

      Nicely aggressive.

  • Ed Cotter

    We have to keep him home. , Come join SS17 Creed.

  • SoonerMagic76

    Let’s get him!

  • He’s gonna commit to OU. Just a matter of when.

    • Just like Hines.

    • cush creekmont

      Hey, T-Rob! Hope you got that right. OUr team needs all the great linemen we can handle. Your bro needs some buddies up front (both sides) 🙂

      • I agree totally, because we all know Orlando and Sumia will most likely be going pro after their jurinior year. So see need at least 3 future starter type players for this class. I’m predicting Ty, Creed, and Ealy for Oline in 17′ class. Just a good hunch.

        • cush creekmont

          Always enjoy your comments. Those two with Ty would make a GREAT trio for a future line. I suspect you are correct about Sumia and Mr. Brown. But that is what happens to great teams, and why OUr team needs to keep getting new, great players. SS17 is so unique the way THEY approach their fellow recruits. I hope it is a trend that continues on to future classes. Ty and his fellow SS17’s can tell the 18 and 19 guys just how great it is to be tight with their classmates.

    • Slim Sooner

      So let it be written…so let it be done.

    • SamSooner

      Well, that’s that.

      Howdy, TRob!

      • Lol, hey Sam. How you doing?

        • SamSooner

          All good, bro. All good.

          You?

    • SWoods

      Hey TRob! Its great to hear from you again.

      • Hello Woods, how are you?

        • SWoods

          Im good TRob, thanks for asking! i hope you and the family are well.

          • That’s good to hear. All is good this way, enjoying this got Texas heat.

          • SWoods

            Thats great to hear. I feel ya, Its been very hot in OKC too.

    • One million upvotes for you, sir.

    • Indy_sooner

      Bumpity bumping this post. Do tell

  • RVNVET6869

    Besides having my butt kicked, I’d sure be PO’d after trying to block this kid all game long.

  • metzker

    Another long day.Yall have a good one,Metz out and BOOMER———-

    • Sooner Ray

      Later my man!

      • KJ1123

        Is JY breaking her down too?

        • cush creekmont

          KJ, that is pretty obvious even to an OLD guy like me 🙂

        • Sooner Ray

          LOL, we can hope but JY would likely call her a little lite in the cleats and wears her pads a little high. 🙂

    • jimintexas

      Have a great and safe one

    • cush creekmont

      Stay cool! We’ll look for you tomorrow.

    • Slim Sooner

      SOONER!

  • Geez, Creed comes off the ball hard. Can really break a stalemate. The vid reminds me a lot of Dru Samia’s highlight film One pancake after another. The key I think is that they both block to the whistle. Good stuff. Thanx JY.

  • Slim Sooner

    JY in the house! All right! Like the name Creed. I shall call him Creedence after CCR because they rock. (I’m old). Maybe Creed will be our Bad Moon Rising on the line.

  • Canada_KB
    • Lane Gilstrap

      Anybody know who the five are?

      • bommer85

        donovan duvernay, cobb, urquidez, hudson, kam martin…I think

        • Lane Gilstrap

          I wonder if we get urquidez?

          • bommer85

            possible.. i wanted Devin duvernay for OU the most, not sure if Bowen got a release but he’d be my second pick of the group

          • ALar03

            Duvernay committed to texsa probably a matter of time before his brother does too.. and cobb.

          • Which is good, we need Texas to be a AP top 20 team and TCU. A win against Baylor since art briles era actually looked good on a resume. Now it’ll be like beating Kansas. We need completion in this conference and Baylor just hurt everyone in the big12.

  • ToatsMcGoats

    You never disappoint, JY! Love your work, and hope the man-cub is running you ragged!

  • bommer85

    Just saw on OUinsider That Jeffery Okudah is in Norman today. There was also just a crystal ball prediction to OU

    • Lincoln Hawk

      Super K has said on here that Okudah to The OSU isn’t as much a done deal as people think. I think he feels at home in Nompton.

      • bommer85

        Apparently “Texas big 3” are in norman…not sure who because i don’t pay at OUinsider. maybe someone else does?

        • Lincoln Hawk

          It’s not a true “Texas Big 3” without Tyrese!

        • ALar03

          okudah… browning? and?? lol

          • bommer85

            Hines?

        • UGA Sooner

          I’d say Wilson, Browning and Okudah for the big 3 because Hines isn’t as highly rated on 247 as he is elsewhere

      • SS17 is all I’m going to say. These boys are changing the recruiting game. Plus there good character kids that other kids attract around naturally. We have a couple of ring leaders. Plus looking at the depth chart. Okudah like many other 5 stars realize now, how much easier it would be to come to OU and get early pt over Bama and tOSU. It’s the only problem to getting back to back to back stacked classes. Lots of talent ahead of freshman. Not to mention they so see and know ss17 will be a tough group to compete against about time their all juniors. Lastly we coach Stools went out and revamp his staff with some young and hungry coaches who are actively every single day on the recruiting trail. Their already offer the top guys of 201i and 2019 classes. Proactive….

  • SWoods
    • SWoods

      Well its a tweet from Okudah, not sure why it won’t show up

      • Lane Gilstrap

        Well what does it say

        • SWoods

          It said “What Happens in Nompton…..” with the smirk emoji

          • Lane Gilstrap

            Sorry but what is that supposed to mean?

          • bommer85

            means he was in norman, he did something but it will stay there a la-“what happens in vegas, stays in vegas”

          • SWoods

            It means he had fun in Norman

          • Ryan Sapp

            Nompton is Norman, It means good things are coming for OU

          • Ryan Sapp

            Yes I saw that too, Sounds like he had a little too much fun.

          • bommer85

            he silent committed to OU? haha lets go with that. maybe @disqus_Vpw8uvLDdI:disqus knows something?

          • SWoods

            Yes! We will definitely go with that!

      • bommer85

        he must have deleted it…what was it

  • ALar03

    Baylor releases 5 signees…

  • Lincoln Hawk
    • bommer85

      Wish the Lakers would take them here in LA, probably won’t happen though…I will cheer for him wherever he goes

  • Lincoln Hawk
  • RBear

    I smell a trade brewing

  • ALar03

    looks like new orleans… dang

  • SWoods

    New Orleans it is…. dang

    • RBear

      he’s used to the kind of climate, he’ll excel

  • Lane Gilstrap

    Buddy is gonna do great things in NO

  • Now the question is, does Isaiah sneak into the first round?

    • Sooner Ray

      Coin toss.

      • It was heads. What does that mean?

        • Sooner Ray

          Means there’s a chance.

    • SWoods

      Ive been seeing on twitter looks like he could go 28-30

      • SWoods

        edited lol

        • “seeing gone”?

          • SWoods

            LOL edited again

          • “Ive”?

          • SWoods

            Dustin you suck, been a long day at work.

          • I’m just trying to help.

  • We kinda hijacked JY’s thread.

    • Sooner Ray

      That’ll teach them to leave us unattended.

  • Creed looks like a high-ceiling guy. Talent, mean streak, and a good work ethic is a lethal combination.

    • Sooner Ray

      I think he has the DNA.

      • #OUDNA?

        • Sooner Ray

          Well, of course.

  • ALar03
    • Interesting. What do the Thunder give up in return?

      • Jdizzle

        Ibaka

        • Are you being serious? If so, I wouldn’t mind. That dude disappeared this season.

      • ALar03

        Serge.. which a chance he was gone next year, the Thunder are able to save money this year and make a move in free agency

        • Well, they just paid Enes and they’re gonna have to pay Adams after next season. Plus, KD is up for a max contract.

          • ALar03

            And russ next year if he stays

          • Yep.

          • ALar03

            Olidipo is in his last year of his rookie contract so it looks like okc is lining up for 1 shot at the title next year with everyone and hope that will keep some players there

          • Need a wing shooter with Foye and Waiters as FA’s. Oladipo probably cheaper than Waiters will be.

      • Sooner Ray
        • Is there an echo in here?

          • Sooner Ray

            I only hear noise.

          • ALar03

            noise noise noise smokin…. hahaha

          • And the voices in your head.

        • I think OKC wins this trade.

          • Sooner Ray

            May be good for all involved.

          • Better for OKC.

    • SooperDave

      The Thunder abused the Magic on that deal. Sabonis gains some weight and strength, and he should be a solid pro. IIyasova is a solid player, and maybe he and Kanter can confuse the other teams speaking Turkish…lol
      And yes, I will take Oladipo over Waiters. I’m not a Thunder fan, but the league better be ready for them next year.

      • Assuming KD re-signs, which I think he will.

        • SooperDave

          Well if that move doesn’t show him that the organization will do what it takes to win now I don’t know what will.

    • SWoods

      I’m pumped honestly

  • Helen Anderson
  • Jason Vos

  • Lincoln Hawk

    T. Rob has been holding out on us…..

    https://twitter.com/brandontfb/status/746164269410967555

  • BleedCrimson

    FSSW Friday 7am – 4:30pm is a series of OU Football history. Set yOUr recorders.

  • Super Keith

    Really a big fan of this young man. Definitely a hard nosed trench dog.

  • hOUligan

    Always a great day on TFB when we get a JY sighting and some big man breakdowns. Top it off w more encOUraging news about SoonerSquad17 continuing to gain recruiting momentum. Thanks to all ya’ll!

  • Isaiah drops all the way to #59. Shocking.

    • OohRah Mama

      I was floored. Although I wasn’t expecting him to go 1st round, I thought he’d be much higher in the 2nd. Think Spangler will be a FA?

  • Slim Sooner

    I hope Creed knows about TFB, reads this great evaluation by JY and the comments so he feels an undeniable urge to join #SoonerSquad17🔥🔥🔥LIT

  • Doobie74OU

    Welcome back to JY with a friendly word and eval for the BIG NASTIES out there good to hear from you!

  • Doobie74OU

    Welcome back to JY with a friendly word and eval for the BIG NASTIES out there good to hear from you!

  • Ora Theriot