Open Post | Wednesday, May 28th (UPDATE 3:18 pm)

Image of Dontavious Jackson via 247 Sports

– Recently Oklahoma made a couple DL JUCO offers including one to Deonte Reynolds. He is a huge human being. I initially thought he might be recruited as a DL to be converted to the OL — due to our depth on DL and lack thereof on the OL — but Reynolds told me that Coach Montgomery is indeed recruiting him for the DL. And Montgomery was the person who made the offer. Reynolds says he doesn’t have a leader yet, but is definitely interested in Oklahoma. It sounds like he and his teammate Takkarist McKinley will both be visiting Norman some time in the future and seem interested in playing together.

– Another JUCO offer who is indeed an OL is Jamal Danley. Danley is a big time OT out of East Mississippi C.C. and has named two leaders, OU and Mississippi State. To be honest with you, I’ve heard enough first hand accounts about what goes on in the Mississippi JUCOs that my initial reaction was definitely that we were going to lose this battle. But I’ve chatted with Danley and there is definitely some real interest in Oklahoma on his part. He has said that he’ll take official visits which certainly helps. He also said Coach Bedenbaugh came by to see him yesterday, but unfortunately the two were not able to speak. Bedenbaugh was just able to watch Danley workout.

This is a major position of need and I’ve got to believe that if all things are equal in recruiting, OU’s prestige and immediate need wins Danley’s commitment nine times out of ten. But, again, Mississippi JUCOs are a tough read.

– A 2016 player you’re going to want to keep your eyes on is MLB Dontavious Jackson (Houston, TX). A coaching friend of mine recently told me about Jackson, he said he’s the best MLB in Houston. I checked in with Jackson and it looks like OU is already recruiting him. In fact, Jerry Montgomery recently came by and visited him. No offer was extended, but that may very well have been because Coach Kish wants to make the LB offers. Jackson and Erick Fowler are two Texas LBs that Oklahoma needs to have already offered in my opinion. Both are studs. Fowler is the best 2016 OLB I’ve seen in Texas, and Jackson is a true MLB at 6’3″ and nearly 240 lbs, but the kid can move.

– Recently some rumors surfaced about Torrance Gibson and a possible suspension from his American Heritage football team. I checked with someone very close to Torrance, and he told me that Gibson would absolutely be rejoining the team. He also said that Torrance will be cutting his list and to expect Oklahoma to make the cut. I know most OU fans aren’t optimistic anyway with regards to their chances,  but I figured I’d pass the info along regardless.

I still believe that while things don’t look promising with Gibson, because he’s chosen to draw his recruitment out it may give OU a chance in the end. Consider the fact that Auburn and Clemson already have QBs committed. Chances don’t look great now, but who knows how things will look 6-7 months from now.

– Got word that Mike Stoops is headed down to Spiro today to visit with McKinley Whitfield tomorrow or Thursday. We will definitely be watching closely to see whether Stoops offers McKinley.

– UPDATE (9:20 am): K can add more to this if he’d like, but it’s pretty well known at this point that PJ Mbanasor will be putting out a list of his top schools some time tomorrow. So if you weren’t already aware, you might want to keep an eye out for that. No reason whatsoever to expect OU to be left out, by the way.

– UPDATE (9:23 am): Continuing a recent trend, OU has reportedly extended another JUCO offer, this time to Martinas Rankin. Here is his film and we’ll get JY on a breakdown for you to post soon.

– UPDATE (3:18 pm): 2015 Allen (TX) QB Kyler Murray committed to Texas A&M this afternoon. It’s not much of a surprise to anyone who follow recruiting as Murray is an Aggie legacy and long believed to be a TAMU lean (though Oregon was also a legit contender). It’s only notable (I suppose) in the sense that he is one of just three 2015 QBs who hold an OU offer, two of whom have now committed elsewhere. The third, of course, being Torrance Gibson who we touched on above.

If Heupel intends on taking a QB in this 2015 class and things don’t drastically change with Gibson, one would have to believe another QB offer or two will have to be made relatively soon.

  • SoonerPhins

    Do you think Gibson cares about teams already having another QB committed? Auburn, Clemson (has 2 DT-QBs committed), and Tennessee all have QB commits and they were all high on his list.

    • Super K

      He has someone very close that’s advising him on recruiting and I believe that person cares. And in the recruiting world what the advisor/mentor/handler thinks can be paramount

      • Doobie74OU

        Seems like the Advisor/Mentor/Handlers almost outrank MOMS now!

    • Will Narramore

      Ohio State also just had a dual threat QB commit

  • Boom

    I’m in Houston so I will watch the ILB play. I like Monty’s strategy and Reynolds would fit right in. I guess that would mean for Walker/Romar to possible DE/4i. Either way, I’m a huge fan of Monty so it’s in Monty I trust. Fun watching how M. Stoops and Co are building this defense.
    Hope things are still positive with PJ and I’m interested in how the Gibson recruiting unfolds.
    Also, I have a soft spot for small town Okie boys like Whitfield, hope that visit goes really well. As always, great stuff guys.

  • Jason Vos

    Hey super K, if you had to guess who would you say would be our next Commit?

  • CoachStauder

    Sorry if this has been answered, but what do you guys know about Gibson’s situation at American Heritage? Rivals reported some interesting things that really turned me off to this kid.

    • Sooner Ray

      Don’t know the details Coach but I did read that he is expected to be with the team this season.

  • SoonerPhins

    Jackson could be a great LB. To be that young and that good, just wait until some college coaches refine his game. Could be scary good.

  • Dana Rogers

    Coach Stoops must be a Brainiacs fan. ha Seriously though – that Whitfield film (for those that watched it posted here) saw that talent to go w/ that size. Now, IF Coach figures he’s carrying the “team” gene… we got us a future All-American. Yep, know what I just wrote reads foolish as all get out. Still, mark it in pen and tell them you read it here first.

    • ToatsMcGoats

      I don’t doubt that the kid could be an AA, I just think we should wait until he actually signs his LOI for OU before we start laying claim to him…

      • Dana Rogers

        Toats – Agreed – be fun waitin to see if Coach agrees.

    • Super Keith

      Whitfield is an athletic freak, he just needs coaching. He’s still very raw (which is to be expected). There have been a lot of those kinds of players that never amounted to much on the field in college, so I can appreciate your inclusion of “team gene”. I’ll add the “hard worker” gene to the mix.

      • Dana Rogers

        SK – 1) About what I saw; that attitude, stayin as a DB and bulk him up by 15 / 20 lbs, then Lawd Have Mercy. 2) Don’t come much better than our staff. Lastly – looking forward to your observation, though would suspect (being one myself) coming from Smalltown, Oklahoma he’s gots just a bit to prove to some folks.

  • SoonerPhins

    Isaiah Cousins has been shot! Gang Violence seems to be the culprit! Hope he recovers quickly!

  • Zack

    As far as future offers for this class do you think it’s likely they offer kolar from Norman north?

  • connie usa

    Why is everyone infatuated with Gibson? He seems to be a MUCH better runner, than passer.

    • Ed Cotter

      Tend to agree, but you can work and improve passing mechanics, but running ability is pretty inherent and hard to come by. Not too worried about this class QB wise since we have so many young guys (Frosh and Sophs) right now. Look for OU to go after and get a stud for 2016 though.

      • Zack

        Or even 2017.

    • Doobie74OU

      You are definitely right way better runner than passer right now but, I agree with Ed below, you can’t teach athleticism the kid either has it or he doesn’t! Heupel sees enough in this kid to make the offer so I’m sure he thinks he can develop as a passer. Also Super K has some pretty close contacts that think pretty highly of this recruit as well and he is being recruited by all the top schools so he must have something! I believe we have the luxury this year of taking a developmental BOOM or BUST candidate this year as Ed says we have a lot of other Horses in the stable! I don’t think he is a full Boom or Bust just a High Upside instead of Established Talent!

  • EasTex

    I would have been shocked if Murray had chosen another school.