Spotlight | Xavier Newman

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A guy who both Longhorn and Sooner fans are very interested in at the moment is Xavier Newman.  While he’s been committed to Texas since April, there has been a lot of smoke surrounding him about a possible flip to Oklahoma.  When Oklahoma came on board with the offer recently that smoke intensified to somewhat of a smolder.  So what’s going on, and who is this guy?

Xavier is listed as a Tackle, Guard and Center depending on who’s talking about him.  The reason for that probably is that when you cut on the tape, he’s playing at all the spots.  Xavier really goes somewhere between mid 6’2″ and 6″3″, so while he may be listed by some as an Offensive tackle, in my opinion he’s going to be an interior player.  With the length that Bedenbaugh has been after at offensive guard with guys like Tyrese Robinson and Marquis Hayes both pushing 6’6″, I believe he’ll wind up at center along the lines of a Jonathan Alvarez.  While may start out at a guard spot, really all three of those interior spots are somewhat interchangeable.  To that point, a guy that is going to be a center has to know all of the assignments for everybody anyway.

I wrote the other day that Bedenbaugh was really adept at getting versatile guys on campus and letting talent and competition sort itsself out.  That’s beneficial in a couple of ways because it allows him to field the best he has in terms of ability, desire and execution.  So really he’s not forced to play guys who aren’t ready because most of the guys he brings on campus can and have played in several different spots.  If they all have one thing in common however is that they’re all piss mean road graders.

Well Xavier Newman is exactly that.  Watching his film, he plays with the power of a much bigger, older player.  Something that immediately jumps out and impresses me the most is his ability to lock onto defenders, drive them off the ball and bury them.  Quite often I see a defender’s counter move being met with Newman adjusting his feet, swinging his hips to regain leverage and then finishing them off with great hands and upper body strength.  Like a lot of great prospects he’s able to generate knockdown blocks or pancakes in both pass sets and in the run game.  What was especially nice to see is that while he’s almost always in a two point stance, he doesn’t tip the play with his pad level or with the positioning of his feet pre-snap.  So to see a guy like him, who has all of the athleticism to play tackle and the power to play guard, he then becomes to me a guy who Bedenbaugh has to get in the Crimson and Cream.

While staying with the drum I’ve been beating about versatility, having him at the center position gives you a very very powerful guy in the middle.  With Alvarez being a Senior in 2017, and Dalton most likely getting a hardship for the torn ACL he suffered last spring, you’ll have Dalton probably being the guy in 2018 with a young talented guy like Newman pushing him after a redshirt year.  As he puts on weight, he’ll end up north of 300 and really fit the Bill, no pun intended, of the kind of guy that Bedenbaugh likes to have.

 

  • Mark_in_VA
  • Tipman

    Texas 247 reported that OU has backed off of him

    • Lane Gilstrap

      Hopefully they are still working on Creed.

      • Scott

        OU is recruiting the number 1 center in the country.

        • ALar03

          Ceaser Ruiz

          • Lincoln Hawk

            Not gonna lie, that name sounds like a Colombian drug lord. We have a legit shot at him?

          • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

            Ruiz is as talented as they come, but everything I have seen for sometime has said Alabama or Michigan.

  • Lane Gilstrap

    Been waiting for a flip but he’s still a shorthorn.

  • Lincoln Hawk

    Thanks JY. I hope you, Momma Bear and the Man Cub are doing well.

    • JY

      We’re good. Man Cub is growin like a weed and movin and shakin. He’s already two if you can believe it. Hope you and yours are well.

      • Lincoln Hawk

        Wow, time flies. I’m curious to how many pancake blocks he has registered to date. Thanks, we are all doing great. I’m heading to Haiti next week so it’s been a little crazy lately. Keep these awesome posts coming, we love them!

        • JY

          Plan on it. I got a few more cookin. Have fun!

  • soonerjunky

    Did you guys just do a spotlight on a texas commit? WHY? He didn’t even want to make a trip for the BBQ. Afraid he wouldn’t have a texas offer if he made the trip? Didn’t have a ride? Move on please

    • Lincoln Hawk

      The article did a pretty good job of explaining why. He is a Texas commit that is on flip alert and is perfect fit for Coach B. I appreciate any info I can get on any recruit we are going after and have a legitimate shot at.

      • soonerjunky

        Doesn’t seem like he wants to flip. He would have made the trip if he wanted to. Unless he was a secret visitor.

        • Lincoln Hawk

          I think his ride just fell through, he still has plenty of time to flip or make a trip. If not, no biggie. I still appreciate the article, JY does an awesome job.

          • SWoods

            Agree 100% Linc!

        • SWoods

          He wanted to make the trip, however his ride fell through. Not everyone has the capability of making last second arrangements. There are a lot of factors there.

    • Brian

      And TFB does have a Texas site (unfortunately). So I’m sure JY will share his thoughts over there as well.

    • brainpimp

      Go away.

      • soonerjunky

        Can’t, best source of OU information available. And it’s free!
        You go away.

        • brainpimp

          Well then why are you complaining about the information they just gave us? Hypocrite much?

          • soonerjunky

            Don’t see the point on posting about a texas commit that didn’t make the trip he was supposed to. That’s like going to the texas site to read about Levi Draper. Now, if these guys know he will probably flip then it makes sense. I just don’t see enough supporting evidence that he is serious about flipping.

          • brainpimp

            You seeing or not seeing the point is useless. Because you do or do not see evidence is not evidence. You are overvaluing your thoughts and opinions over the staff here.

          • soonerjunky

            You’re a douchebag! The information provided was great work by TFB. I wish he was not committed to the enemy when a post about him was done. That is all.

          • brainpimp

            Well, when you run the site you can pick until then who gives a damn about what you think should be posted. I for 1 liked it. You have spent all day posting about something you claim you didn’t like.

          • soonerjunky

            It’s a discussion board. It’s meant to have discussion. I never said I didn’t like the post. Just don’t like the timing. My post was with the implication that he isn’t serious about OU, or he would have made the trip. With those intentions OU should move on. When you run this site you can tell me not to post in a……wait for it….discussion board. I’ve only made one post about it, other than that, replied to trolls like you. Have a good day

          • D Hunter Sanchez

            We don’t have to move on because I am sure the staff has time to recruit a number of OL men. My only issue with this year’s cycle is the DL men=0 so far.

          • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

            It is all fun and games until someone drags out the douchebag . . . .

    • SamSooner

      I guess you read the post but you didn’t read between the lines. I suggest you read it again.

  • DR LEO MARVIN

    FLIPPY.

  • SoonerMagic76

    Flip him! Thanks for the notes JY

  • OUWade

    I don’t know what to watch for on OL film, like many do. Because I don’t know about technique or pad level and all that, I start watching the body language of the defender during and after the play. I really like to see when a defender ends a play by trying to shove or get in the face of the lineman because, as is evident in Newman’s film, it usually means the defender was getting frustrated by the skill or tenacity of the blocking. Newman blocked all through the play on so many snaps that you can tell the defender(s) is just so frustrated that they’re ending up on their back. I think that’s a telling sign of what JY is talking about with “piss mean road grader”.

    Sure would like to get the guy on campus!

  • brainpimp

    Oh I love stories like these.

  • cush creekmont

    Thanks JY! I always like to read your views on linemen and line play. To me, it all comes down to IF he wants to be a Sooner or not. SS17 has some spectacular chemistry working – they are making their own class special. If Mr. Newman fits with them and comes on, great. I know that many players over the years have had to choose shorthorn versus Sooner – we’ll see what the young man decides.

    • SamSooner

      It’s not often we have a texsa commit who coveted a OU offer.

      • cush creekmont

        Yeah, I wonder what the impetus is for him to want an OU offer after committing to texsa. If OU was his dream school, I would think he would jump right after the offer, but it is an important decision for a kid to make. My toughest decisions at 17 was drive in movie or hamburger date because I couldn’t afford both 🙂

        • SamSooner

          Yeah, I wonder about that as well. It has to be tough making a call to a coach to decommit; there’s much trepidation in doing that.

          As for tough the decisions on what to eat, that choice was taken from me. Adding in my parents, there were 12 mouths to feed; some times there was one meal a day. So, you ate when food was available. I can tell you this: my attendance at school was encouraged being that sometimes that was my only meal.

          All good today, though. I’m making up for lost meals.

          • Bob Edwards

            With eleven kids feeding them was often a chore. No way you could cook enough dishes to give everyone a choice that they liked. So we had a sign in our kitchen “You have two choices for dinner, take it or leave it.

          • SamSooner

            Bob, leave it to you to bring full clarity to any situation. That’s a good one: “take it or leave it.”

            How are you today, sir?

          • Bob Edwards

            Doing well. Just got a job offer yesterday and waiting for the letter so I can give my notice.

          • SamSooner

            Good for you, Bob.

            Is this a job you covet? I hope so. What will be required of you in your new job?

          • Bob Edwards

            It looks like a good situation of course you never really know until you’re there. Young growing company, everyone I talked to was in a good mood. As for what’s required pretty much the same kind of work, but with new problems to solve. Been at the current job eleven years and version 1, became version 2, became … You can only solve the same problems over and over again for so long before you want something new.

          • SamSooner

            Sorry, Bob, that I’m just replying. But I get what you’re saying.
            Some times you want to scream in order to change things.

          • cush creekmont

            I never had it that tough Sam, but I did learn to appreciate earning enough money to get along. It’s a cliche, but some of my best times were being broke at OU, eating rice, and still having fun! Of course, pretty young girls helped a lot when you’re 20! 🙂

          • SamSooner

            Love can fill your belly, I see. Well, that and rice, of course. LOL!

            I don’t regret anything I’ve been through. I talk about the bad times with pride and wear them as a badge of honor. I’m not ashamed of it. Adversity is good. It brings out the best in us.

          • MoJoOkie

            Toughens you up.

          • SamSooner

            Exactly.

            Anything after that experience is doable, all of a sudden.

          • MoJoOkie

            Military had that sort of influence for me as well. Helps you appreciate life in general.

          • SamSooner

            Thank you for your service, sir.

          • Wood

            I don’t like it when they don’t finish their plate, got stabbed many a times going for that last Bisquit lol

          • MoJoOkie

            We only had 9 and lived in the country so we had enough food (not an abundance, but enough). Still makes my wife mad though when she asks what I want for dinner and I tell her I’ll eat what’s on my plate.

          • SamSooner

            I know how you feel. Isn’t it amazing how kids have all of these choices and still snub their nose?

            Feeding nine could not have been easy, either.

          • Bob Edwards

            Having brought kids out of the orphanage I can tell you they adapt really quick to having more. They barely had food and not long after they came they started being picky. People adapt to plenty much faster than they do adversity.

  • SamSooner

    JY, thanks for the report. We’ve missed you, my man. But, you brought the goods.

    Any idea what Newman can bench. In watching his film, he seems to possess great upper body strength. Some of the time, he’s not fully engaged with the defender but he’s driving them back. He seems to using his arms. Maybe part of that is his lower body getting great thrust, through the defender.

    I did see something unusual, at least for a lineman: burst. I hear you guys talk about skilled position players “sticking their feet in the ground” and they are off to the races. I see that in Newman: he planted his feet and drove several lineman into the ground: it was over: a pancake.

  • Fuddy

    Longhorn fan here in peace..

    Newman is a recruit who looks at the depth chart and competition for playing time within his own recruiting class. Texas stealing Patrick Hudson and JP Urquidez from Baylor hurt with Newman, and I think OU landing Marquis Hayes a week or two ago hurt them with Newman.

    I think he went from about a 99% flip to more of a 50/50 proposition after the Hayes take.

    • MoJoOkie

      Your post makes it appear that he would shy away from competition. The good ones don’t, so I’m guessing that you’re guessing.

      • Fuddy

        I’m guessing that you’re naive to think there aren’t good prospects who in a vacuum will go to the easier avenue for playing time.

        • MoJoOkie

          Hahaha! I don’t think anyone has ever called me “naive” before. Thanks. And no, I don’t think a young talented player lacks confidence.

        • SamSooner

          Go back to your hole and send “Unofficial Longhorn” over. We’ll talk to him. He’s always level headed.

          Future advice, don’t ask slanted questions or make slanted statements: those are questions and statements that will steer the conversation to what you believe.

          • Fuddy

            What was slanted about my post? Apparently it wasn’t too slanted to receive six up-votes. I was posting recruiting info. Take it or leave it.

          • Boom

            If he flips, fine. If not, fine as we gonna win with’em or without’em. If he wants to wear rings then he’s gonna find a lot of competition.

          • SamSooner

            Slapped the taste out of his mouth. Boo-yah!!!

            He gone, Boom. LOL!

          • Boom

            Wasn’t meant to be bad but it’s truth. You tell me I can start at QB next year at N. Texas or battle for the job at OU. I’m going to find out if I’m good enough. If I am, I will have the opportunity to continue making history. nuff said.

          • soonerjunky

            Fuddy, thanks for your insight. Your post was very respectful and informative. Not biased in anyway

    • KJ1123

      In my opinion, both OU and UT are stacked with quality OL. UT may be a little deeper in quality by one or two guys. It should come down to other factors because both OLs are fairly young.

      • Lincoln Hawk

        If by other factors you mean coaches then OU wins.

        • KJ1123

          Yes all of that…but I also think he would get a better shot at starting sooner for us. UT has a boatload of young OLs, enough to almost field a whole offense and defense.

          • Lincoln Hawk

            At what point do they have too many? Or is it that we don’t have enough?

          • KJ1123

            I dont think we don’t have enough, I think we do a great job at filling needs and hopefully landing 1 or 2 big prospects at any position. Just looking at their roster they have about 20 OL, that’s alot.

          • Lincoln Hawk

            Wow, that’s a lot of beef. Maybe they should convert some to DL or something.

  • Soonerfandave84

    Thanks JY!

  • Ed Cotter

    Thanks for the info JY. Hopefully he makes the best decision for himself. If he wants to be a Sooner, great, if not, best of luck to him wherever he goes.

  • Golfluvr13

    Thank you JY!

  • SoonerfanTU

    Why was OU so late to offer? The kid is ranked as the #2 center (by ESPN) I think. Seems like we’d have offered a kid like that a while back.

    • ouwooferman

      there are usually issues that make coaches slow roll on certain players. Legal, grades, morals, etc. The fandom rarely finds out the true issues.

  • Scott
  • AltoidSooner

    Coach BedenBOOM knows how to pick them versatile beef eaters. Thanks for the info JY.

  • Exiled In Ohio

    Thanks JY! Your stuff is one of the main reasons I got a subscription here soon after you guys started up.

    • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

      Me too. After discovery TFB, I showed my brother one of JY’s Trench Warfare breakdowns and he was blown away (as was I). He is a subscription guy and could not believe it.

  • OceanDescender

    Great write up, JY! I’m sure you guys will be the first to know if the smolder turns into a blaze and Newman jumps on board the SS17 train.

  • Jerry Reid

    This is the first year of just having bedenbaugh’s recruits isn’t it?

    • Bob Edwards

      I think Daimler is the only scholarship player left that was recruited by Patton. I may be wrong though.

      • Doobie74OU

        I think you are right! Sam Grant came in as a TE and was converted to a OL and a couple Walk-ons are all that is left! (Thank Goodness!)

        • Boom

          Got to respect guys like Grant cause OL it is a hard position to play for 5 years without much playing time. He’s got my respect.

          • Doobie74OU

            I agree! Rereading my response I wasn’t clear that I am glad we have Coach B evaluating talent rather than Patten and Kittles. Nothing against the players at all just glad we are getting better recruits and depth on the O-Line. All the guys I mentioned have bleed Crimson & Cream and I got much respect for all of them!

          • Golfluvr13

            I understood what you were saying perfectly well. Maybe it’s because that was they way I was thinking. When Grant caught his TD catch last year at KU the people around me were laughing because I was so happy for him. LOL

        • Golfluvr13

          Grant did have a TD catch last year vs. KU.

    • Doobie74OU

      As far as anybody that has been playing or is expected to contribute. Sam Grant came in as a TE the year before Bedenbaugh. Hartshook and Nolan both came in before Coach B and Christian Daimler was recruited in by James Patton but has only ever been coached by Coach B. Most of these guys have not and probably will not be contributers.

  • Doobie74OU

    JY thanks for the info! This guy reminds me of Michael Oher in The Blind Side after blocking a guy about 40 yard down the field and he says “Sorry Coach I stopped when I heard the whistle” and the coach ask were he was taking the other kid and Oher says “The bus! It was time for him to go home!” Newman definitely plays till the echo of the whistle and has a decided streak of nasty in him!

  • ouwooferman

    Jake Trotter
    ESPN Staff Writer

    Baylor announces that none of its assistant coaches will be doing interviews this fall. Only interim head coach Jim Grobe.

    • cush creekmont

      Makes sense – much easier to cover up when no one talks!

    • Boom

      How much more guilty can you look when you pull something like this. So, I guess no players will be at any media function either.

    • Brent

      they will be allowed their mandatory one phone call from the jail cell however.

    • D Hunter Sanchez

      Bahahahahhaah…

  • Sooner Ray

    Always nice to read your work JY. Would love to land this kid, just seems he is being pulled in different directions.

    • SamSooner

      Sooner Ray, I agree. Just give the kid time. A player who has to decommit might find it harder than committing, I would imagine.

  • SamSooner

    I hate to admit this but I believe we’ve lost Bandy. He’s been pro-Miami, even more so lately.

    https://twitter.com/BandyTrajan/status/760504692119969792

    • CW

      I think your right

      • paganpink

        His right WHAT?

      • Greenlantern Otis

        Sucks but gotta move forward

    • MoJoOkie

      I had pretty much written him off. Just had the feeling once they offered that he was gone. Probably not a good testament to my optimism, but nonetheless.

    • SoonerfanTU

      Well. Bye.

      But seriously, we’re recruiting that position pretty well. I’m not too worried.

    • Lincoln Hawk

      He Gone.

      • SamSooner

        That’s a shame. If he is, it’s disappointing. I had really hoped he would place more stock in the fact that OU offered him when no one else did.

        • Lincoln Hawk

          I’ve seen from other posters and boards that OU is no longer recruiting him. I have not heard that from TFB though, so take it for what its worth.

          • SamSooner

            Yeah, it seems like this ship has sailed.

      • McAttack

        you can take the hood out of the boy,but you can’t take the boy out of the hood

        • End You

          Why does it have to be “hood”?

        • D Hunter Sanchez

          If it’s friends, he’ll find out soon enough that this is a mistake. If it’s lifestyle, hard to beat the best of Miami.

    • Fear The Magic

      An OU commit wearing a Miami wristband at the opening? No thanks.

      • SamSooner

        I know. It is what it is.

      • soonerjunky

        I thought he already de-committed. no?

    • Birddawg

      ugh… They have an attendance issue… The two games I watched the stadium maybe had 10K.. Boring!!

      • SamSooner

        He needs to come back. Everything I read is it doesn’t matter who the coach is, Miami is an unattractive area, with facilities issues, and for whatever reason can’t find good citizens for their program.

        • Birddawg

          Indeed, and his spot may not be open for long..

    • I feel like this is a story that won’t end well. I hope I’m wrong.

      • SamSooner

        Yeah. I don’t have a good feeling about it either.

    • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

      Yeah, I thought we lost him when he showed up with visible bands for UM at the Opening. He had this picture on twitter under the caption “MOMENTS . . . I will never forget.” For a kid so social-media savvy, vocal and purposeful about branding, I knew this was bad. Thought he was a great fit for OU and this class in particular. Would be great if he came back in the fold, but if not I wish him the best. I like his spirit, good nature and of course his skill on the green field; kid can hold down a corner.

      • SamSooner

        I agree with all you’ve said. I hope it all slows down for him and he can find his center.

    • CrimsonGhost

      All of my least favorite teams wear orange. Miami, Ok St., Texsa, Tenn. Just awful!

      • SamSooner

        I feel the same way. My kids will tell you I hate all teams who wear orange.

    • D Hunter Sanchez

      The good news it opens up a spot!

      • SamSooner

        Well, there’s always a silver lining.

  • Doobie74OU

    JY how soon we going to see some Hudl film on the Man Cub?

  • Slim Sooner

    Thanks, JY. I admit I’m not an expert at evaluating film, but even I can see that Newman is already a MAN on the line. Hope we can flip him, because he looks special. I have this double standard that it’s great for us to flip a texsa recruit, but it’s not ok with me when one of ours decommits or flips to them. It’s a character flaw of mine.

  • Scott
    • Recondo

      They lied.

  • hOUligan

    Love checking for an OP and finding a JY breakdown! Brings me right outa lurk mode. Great info. Sounds like a Bedenboom type lineman for sho. If OU at the point where they might only take 1 more OL recruit, someone best jump on the train and Sooner.

    • Slim Sooner

      *This! And Boomer!

  • Boom

    Guys, I try not to go down this path but this is what I was thinking last Friday.

    The last minute rides that fell through for the OU BBQ happened to committed players, most being from UT. That said, did someone (bag men) get to these “rides” to make sure they didn’t make it up at the last minute. Again, I don’t want to start a sh*% storm but just curious.

    • Lane Gilstrap

      Almost all of the committed players were there. The last min rides that fell thru were UN committed players.

      • Boom

        Xavier & Boyce are uncommitted?

    • KJ1123

      I think once Boyce said he wasn’t coming Newman didn’t want to be the only commit coming.

      • Boom

        conspiracy theory busted. Thank you.

  • Scott
  • Dana Rogers

    …they’re all piss mean road graders. An outstanding and insightful read JY. Thx.

    • R@z0rb

      Dana, I keyed in on that quote too. Sorry didn’t read your comment before I quoted it myself.

      • Dana Rogers

        No worries – actually yours is better w/ “classic.”

  • Rick
    • Soonerfandave84

      Ugh! #RevokeBail(er)

      • Rick

        What was that comment about no culture of bad behavior?

        • Soonerfandave84

          Kid transferred from UT to Bailer

          • cush creekmont

            He knew he had a “better” police force in Waco…

        • Boom

          I guess we need to ask, define Bad Behavior.

    • ZW_in_Austin

      Third-degree?

      • ZW_in_Austin

        There may be a misunderstanding at Baylor in regards to the term “degree” as it relates to academics.

        • Dick Bump

          That’s funny! What a scholar! He’s already got a third degree..

    • SamSooner

      Wow! It’s like they can’t help themselves.

      • Slim Sooner

        It really is. They need a complete purge and reset in their football program, which is unfortunate for the players who are not criminally inclined. Embarrassments just keep coming.

      • cush creekmont

        How did BU miss out on Metoyer?

        • Soonerfandave84

          He abused himself

        • SamSooner

          Oh, Cush, that’s funny.

        • Higgs Boson

          Okay Cush. You got your Metoyer dig in. Now beat it.

        • Rick

          They just couldn’t “get a hold on him”.

  • R@z0rb

    Thanks JY, your insight is always very much appreciated! “piss mean road graders” Classic

  • MascotKJ

    Interesting side note, but Creed Humphrey took his Gigem17 hashtag out of his twitter bio. I could totally be just looking too deep into things, but the ship may not have sailed out of reach for Creed

    • ToatsMcGoats

      I made mention of him this past weekend. I was wondering if he had regretted his decision based on the news coming out of College Station. Seems like there may be something to it…

      • MascotKJ

        I remember someone had mentioned it, couldn’t remember who though. It’ll be interesting to see how things play out

      • SamSooner

        Hey, Toats.

        It would be nice if the TFB Mods could followup on that.

      • JY

        In the recruiting world, normally if a kid who has a local school, in this case an OU or Ok State after him, and he commits to an out of state school quite often it’s difficult for that out of state school to hold onto em. See Parrish Cobb and Chris Daniels last year. My point being that a lot of times everyone around the kid at school, home and church get in their ear about why would you want to go somewhere else. A lot depends on the kid and how strong willed they are, and some guys just go where they want to regardless. Nevertheless the state of Oklahoma as a whole has a very strong football brand right now, so everyone around any instate prospect are going to be pushing one of the two schools. Only time will tell, and anything these guys tell us in confidence we won’t repeat. At any rate I’m not in the know about how he’s feeling, but I for one being selfish and a Sooner fan hopes that he makes the flip.

        • ToatsMcGoats

          Thanks for the reply, JY. My original comment was in regards to the situation that the OL coach at aTm is currently in. I know that, if Creed were my son, I would definitely be in his ear about what type of guy he should want to play for. This type of behavior should cause recruits to wonder about the example he puts forth on the kids that play for him.

          All in all, if he sticks with aTm, best of luck (honestly). I only hope he can find a role model that will be a good fit for him.

    • JY

      Creed is a good kid and very level headed. He has a great relationship with Adrian Wofford who also committed to A&M. Being close to campus just down the road in Shawnee obviously has some allure, but rest assured that Bedenbaugh doesn’t give up. He’s a bulldog.

  • SoonerFan92
    • BigJoeBrown

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  • CrimsonGhost

    Flee ye from evil and waste. Seek eternal enlightenment, blessings and just rewards. The Book of Sooner 7:9.

  • CrimsonGhost

    Flee ye from evil and waste. Seek eternal enlightenment, blessings and just rewards. The Book of Sooner 7:9.

  • SamSooner

    I just saw this. Does this mean Zabie can sign immediately?

    https://twitter.com/BrandonTFB/status/760616473333108736

    • KJ1123

      Needs to graduate I assume….didnt read the details tho.

      • SamSooner

        Thanks, KJ. I forgot about that. I wonder why he’s ineligible?

        • KJ1123

          Looks like he may have gone to a couple different HS. Could of been a transfer issue but im not 100.

          • SamSooner

            KJ is always in the know. Thanks, man.

  • SamSooner
  • Lincoln Hawk
    • SamSooner

      I saw that. Did you see what Drew Hill tweeted?

      • Lincoln Hawk

        I think we are officially on BOOM alert from the coaches.

        • SamSooner

          I hope you are correct, Lincoln.

          How’ve you been, my friend?

          • Lincoln Hawk

            Doing great, heading to Haiti this weekend for a week. I’m excited about that but will miss the fam. How have you been?

          • SamSooner

            Lincoln, I’ve been good. I’m trying to keep things in perspective and let God control things. My life is good, my wife makes me happy, my kids are healthy, and we have shelter and clothing.

          • Lincoln Hawk

            Sounds like you got it better than most of this world. Let us know if there is anything we may be able to help out with. God bless you bud.

          • SamSooner

            Thanks, my man.

            You be safe in Haiti.

          • Lincoln Hawk

            Will do my best sir.

          • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

            Perspective; too elusive these days. Hold fast to it man.

          • SamSooner

            I always do. Nothing will ever be as bad as what I’ve gone through.

  • SamSooner
  • SamSooner

    Hey, everybody, is it just me and KJ hanging out tonight?

    • Yes.

      • SamSooner

        What’s up, there, sir? How goes your day? How’s the family?

        • Could be better. Staying positive. How you livin’?

          • SamSooner

            All is good. I have some challenges coming up in the near future. But, what isn’t challenging, right?

          • I’m sure it will all work out for you. No worries.

          • SamSooner

            Yes, it will. One day at a time .

          • Only way to do it.

    • Sooner Ray

      Everyone else is blocked. 🙂

      • SamSooner

        That’s a good one. I need to stop blocking everybody. LOL!

        • Slim Sooner

          I keep blocking the ad wimmens, but every day they pop back in.

          • SamSooner

            At least they don’t come back when you refresh. LOL!

  • SamSooner

    Uh, Oh. Does this mean we get the eyes and the #WaitOnIt?

    https://twitter.com/OU_CoachHill/status/760648336403599360

    • Sooner Ray

      I’m liking this.

    • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

      Gonna be ticked if Coach Hill is just watching Psycho.

      • SamSooner

        LOL!

  • Lincoln Hawk
  • Scott
  • I’m diggin’ these tweets from the coaches. Got me waiting for a BOOM.

    • Slim Sooner

      Me, too. Boom Soon! Just waitin’ on it.

  • Lincoln Hawk

    My guess is Omar Manning, thinking offense since it was Riley who took the phone call.

    • SamSooner

      Well, you are intuitive.

      • Lincoln Hawk

        I’ve been called worse!

    • Scott

      Definitely has to be a WR , either Omar or Joesph Lewis.

      • Lincoln Hawk

        Just thinking Omar since he was at BBQ with his buddies

    • Jpsooner23

      Calcaterra doing the eyes lead me to Cali, either Lewis or our 2018 QB?

      • Lincoln Hawk

        Or a WR

        • Jpsooner23

          Lewis the WR or rising were the 2 I meant

          • Lincoln Hawk

            Yea I gotcha, I was just thinking it could also be a different receiver that he perhaps bonded with over dinner and some festivities lately. I have absolutely no inside info just a guess.

          • Jpsooner23

            I’m witcha

        • Scott

          Actually the QB from Cali wouldn’t surprise me.

      • Lewis already has an official scheduled for the Baylor game.

        • Jpsooner23

          He can still visit as a commit

          Edit, I’m going with rising.

          • Jesse

            But if you look at Viney’s tweet. It’s “#SoonerSquad17”

          • Jpsooner23

            True. Hopefully we will find out soon.

          • Jesse

            Agreed. The sooner the better (no pun intended)

      • MileHighOkie

        I think you might be right about 18 QB Rising. Viney and Calcaterra have the Cali connection and a silent commit from a QB seems most logical to me… If that is the case as stated above.

        • Jpsooner23

          And hills comment lends to a big big catch.

    • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

      Creed Humphrey? He has to be rethinking his situation. That would be a good development.

      • Lincoln Hawk

        It certainly wouldn’t hurt my feelings.

      • Jpsooner23

        I’m thinking bigger fish based on Hill’s comment, but wouldn’t complain if this were the case

        • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

          AD coming back for that 4th year?!?

        • Jpsooner23

          Like rising or lewis

        • MascotKJ

          I’m thinking Rising as well. I heard it’s 2018 class

          • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

            If it is 2018, I think good money is on Rising.

    • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

      Omar would be really good news. Lewis would be really great news.

  • Lincoln Hawk

    Not sure how in the know this guy is but here it is:
    https://twitter.com/keganouupdated/status/760655047067770881

    • SamSooner

      SUH-WEEEEET!!!!!!

  • 47 Straight OU Know

    “It’s a great night to be a SOONER”. That is all, carry on.

  • SavageSoonerEsq
    • 47 Straight OU Know

      Now the question is, will TFB break the news??? Of course if the kid says it’s OK!!!

      • SamSooner

        47!!! What’s up, dude?

        Or is it Fordy-Seh’em?

      • Lincoln Hawk

        All the TFB guys have been quiet about it on Twitter at least. I’m sure they know or are digging to find out.

  • Gretchenjthompson

    <<w:t. ★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★✫★★:::::::!!bc347a:….,…

  • SoonerFan92
    • SoonerFan92

      Might be Manning, Newman or Lewis. Also, Rising and Thompson come to mind for the 18 class as well.

      • Viney alluded to it being a ’17 commit.

        • SoonerFan92

          Just remembered. Thanks. Heard a podcast today about Rising saying he wanted to commit sometime soon so he could start trying to build a great class.

        • Jpsooner23

          He does a lot of those although the timing on this one does tend to link up with the other tweets. I just have a hunch its rising because Riley was the one who talked to them, calcaterra is near rising and was only player (I think anyway) to put up anything, and hill made it sound like it’s huge. Just my hunch though.

      • Jesse

        I wouldn’t be surprised if it were Manning. Isn’t Murray committing on the 10th? Could be him reserving that spot and just not making it public until the 10th. But again since Riley took the call kinda makes me feel like it’s on O

        • SoonerFan92

          Yeah. I think it has to be on offense.

      • Slim Sooner

        Wouldn’t Newman need to decommit from texsa first? If he does, that’s a clue.

        • KJ1123

          No

          • Slim Sooner

            Ok, thanks KJ.

      • Fear The Magic

        Im thinking they’ll all be commits by morning.

    • Bob Edwards

      Rising has picked up a couple of crystal balls in the last few days. QB would be the logical one to talk to Riley.

    • Brent

      marvin wilson wants to play fullback too?

  • KJ1123

    Somethings abrewin

    • Jpsooner23

      Something is Rising up fo sho.

      • Slim Sooner

        Creedence sang a song about that back in my day. Think we are about to Boom another “Fortunate Son” into the squad.

        • OohRah Mama

          Bad Moon Risin’…

          I don’t think I’d wanna use that song for a boom. I get flashes of American Werewolf in London.

      • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

        Think Casey may want to quick commit via twitter.

        • Jpsooner23

          I keep hearing he isn’t all that enamored with following family legacy.

          • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

            If true, that is unfortunate. Would love to see him in Norman, but everyone has to chart their own course.

  • Bob Edwards

    Fascinating. Casey Thompson retweeted.

    https://twitter.com/LincolnRiley/status/760645236469018624

    • BackWhenOUBoysCabbagePatched

      Riveting.

    • bommer85

      More fascinating…Cameron rising retweeted too

    • Fear The Magic

      So wait Casey AND Cameron committing? Now thats a good QB day.

  • ALar03

    I just wish they would tell us… Im not a patient person! lol

    • SamSooner

      You’re about to reach a new milestone, ALar. LOL!

      • ALar03

        Shoot I got tired of waiting for formations in the Marines.. I can wait, but I just dont want to anymore lol

  • Cush Creekmont

    Well, just HOW happy is Riley? As happy as tossin’ water balloons with Kish? I’ll take a balloon for a dang BOOM!

  • soonerSD

    The combination of Riley’s “interesting conversation…” tweet and Coach Hill’s “Norman is about to go crazy…” tweet they have def sparked my interest. Find it strange for a couple coaches and future players sending out some cryptic tweets about a possible silent commit. Ugh,…. tell me NOW!

    • Scott

      It’s most likely Cameron Rising.

      • soonerSD

        Ya, I feel like that makes the most sense. Especially, with our Cali tight end commitment tweeting the eyes. These top QB recruits realize it’s important for them to commit fairly early to lay a foundation for that years recruiting class. This has kind of become the norm and I like it.

      • ALar03

        agreed.. Manning doesnt look like he is anywhere near deciding

  • hOUligan

    Would abide an Ant Hines commit, too, since he just visited, but w Riley and Calcaterra tweeting and references to ’17 ya gotta figure this cycle and offense. Agree Manning makes the most sense. What a receiver class that would make.