Super K’s Recruiting Summary (UPDATE 9:00 am)

I’ve got a flight to catch in a bit y’all so this will be kind of brief. As always, we appreciate y’all stopping by to read.

PJ Mbanasor (2015 CB – Pflugerville, TX) – Mbanasor has become one of the hottest cornerback prospects around. Since his TCU offer and commitment, only 2-3 weeks ago, Mbanasor has picked up offers from Oklahoma, Wash. State, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, and the most recent one last night was Ole Miss. In speaking to Mbanasor it also sounds like he’s receiving serious interest from Oregon, Florida, Ohio State, Clemson and Baylor.

So where do things stand with PJ and Oklahoma? Well it sounds like things are pretty good. I was told PJ does indeed plan on attending the Oklahoma jr. day! We all know coach Mike loves big corners and PJ is one of the biggest around. And unlike most big corners, he moves more like a true corner and not a safety. Adding Mbanasor to the list continues to build on the number of high profile players that will be making their way to Norman for the March 1st jr. day.

JR Hensley (2015 OL – Edmond, OK) – Had a chance to speak to Santa Fe OL, JR Hensley and he confirmed that he has been invited to the Oklahoma jr. day and will be attending. In talking to our guys, they feel that while Hensley has talent he needs some time to develop. The concern is he might not be quite athletic enough to play OT or quite strong enough to play OG. However, in asking around about Hensley it sounds like he just needs some off-season work to get the most of out of his talent. We’ll be keeping an eye on the big man out of Edmond.

Louis Brown (2015 OLB/DE – Burton, TX) – Louis Brown is a stud out of Texas. Simple and plain. He’s around 6’5 and it’s no wonder that he recently picked up an Oklahoma offer. He also recently picked up an Oregon offer and while it came as a surprise to Brown, it really doesn’t surprise us. He’s that long, lean, ultra athletic guy that Oregon loves to have.

I talked to Brown for a while and he doesn’t strike me as one of those kids who grew up in Texas wanting to play for the Longhorns. In fact, two schools he said he really likes are Ohio State and Clemson. I asked him if he had a leader right now and he gave me some good news that isn’t necessarily going to sound like good news. He said Oklahoma State is his leader.

Why is that good news? Well he also told me that he’s never visited OU (THE University of Oklahoma) but the fact that he has a leader in the state of Oklahoma tells me that playing in the state is something he is interested in. Now it’s just a matter of getting him on campus and showing him the rings and the fact that Norman isn’t Stillwater.

I asked him if he plans on visiting Norman and he said as of now his plans are to take an official visit there. I know it’s early, but I feel like Brown is the kind of player Oklahoma could recruit hard and have a really good chance at. I also think he fits into our scheme perfectly.

Torrance Gibson (2015 QB – Plantation, FL) – I know a lot of people in the recruiting world just assume that Torrance Gibson is going to end up at Ohio State or maybe Miami or LSU and that may very well be the case. But as I said last week, Torrance is taking a serious look at Oklahoma and I would not count us out just yet. I’ve talked to even more people that I trust about Torrance’s ability and I am always met with very high praise. He sounds like the absolute real deal.

I talked to someone close to Torrance for a while and he basically said that he feels like while Torrance may have his favorites at the moment, that’s common for Miami kids who haven’t had a chance to see things. He said if Torrance decides to come out and see Norman then the OU could be firmly in the mix. I am also told that he is definitely interested in seeing what the Sooners are about. Again, I’m not counting us out of this one just yet. I think it’s still early and, let’s face it, Oklahoma has a great QB pitch in terms of the high profile signal callers they’ve developed. And some of the offensive changes will only help Oklahoma’s pitch.

Lastly, Torrance has made it clear that he wants to commit closer to signing day which is pretty rare for a high profile QB. But that also means that a lot of teams will fall out of the race simply due to their need to secure an early QB commit. Additionally, Torrance will likely get to see exactly what a mobile QB can in our scheme do next season when Trevor takes the field full time. The Sugar Bowl was just a glimpse. If the Sooners decide they are going to fight to stay in this one, I would bet Oklahoma could at least secure an official visit. But again if Gibson decides to take an unofficial to Oklahoma then that would be huge. I do know that Torrance is at the top of the list for the Oklahoma staff. It’s going to come down to whether they feel like it’s a winnable fight.

Josh Wariboko (2015 OG – Oklahoma City, OK) – Earlier this week we reported that Josh Wariboko will be taking a trip down to Austin for the Texas jr. day. A number of Josh’s friends and his brother are going to be attending the jr. day there as well. My initial take on the situation was that it is nothing to worry about for OU fans. For the most part, I still feel that way. But I felt the same way about Courtney Garnett’s trip to Notre Dame and we all know how oddly close that one was.

The bottom line is when a player takes a trip they get to see something new and exciting. I do gather that Josh want’s to see what else is out there, but I was also told by someone close to Josh that he gets really upset that people assume he is a “soft” verbal to Oklahoma or when people speculate about him decommitting. And that’s good news, but we’ll keep an eye on this one.

Dahu Green (2015 WR – Moore, OK) – The tall and talented Westmoore WR picked up his first FBS offer this week from Louisville. We truly believe it will be the first of many. I can tell y’all that Ryan Broyles is a huge fan of Dahu. When he reviewed his film and wrote his evaluation he didn’t realize that Dahu was an Oklahoma HS player. He was really excited to know that we have that kind of talent nearby.

Apparently Dahu is also being recruiting by Iowa and while they haven’t yet offered, he told me that the coach recruiting him said “I’m coming to get you.” The Sooners did invite Dahu to a spring practice, however he won’t be able to attend. But I get the sense that Dahu is wide open, though I’d say if Oklahoma State offers they would be the early leaders only because they’ve shown the most interest. The impression I get is an OSU offer could come soon. However, Dahu is originally from California so he doesn’t really have any loyalties locally. We think he’s very talented and certainly believe Oklahoma should stay involved in his recruiting.

Coach Jackie Shipp – So this might be a strange addition but I figured this was as good a place as any to add a note about former Sooner DL coach, Jackie Shipp. There are a lot of rumors that Coach Shipp was using negative recruiting tactics against Oklahoma and really slamming his former team. I can’t verify if this has or hasn’t happened, but I did ask a friend who is a 2014 Arizona State commit and was recruited by Oklahoma if Shipp was indeed slamming Oklahoma. This particularly player had recruiting interaction with Shipp and when I asked him if he (Shipp) was trashing OU he said, in no uncertain terms, “no (he) never threw dirt on OU.” Again, that doesn’t account for every recruit but it’s one recruit’s take who was heavily recruiting by both schools.

Happy Valentines Day!

– (UPDATE 9:00 am): Sooners make the early Top 15 cut for 2015 LB and recent Junior Day visitor, Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati, OH).


  • Sooner Ray

    Not sure how to read the Wariboko situation. It looks as if he is trying to spend some time in the spot light and hook himself and friends up at some good parties. Hopefully he is solid with OU. We need to keep Brown away from stoolwater, maybe when he sees how we play defense this season he will want to be a big part of that….and who doesn’t like to play for a winner.

    • Sooner Sam

      Wariboko’s situation is starting to feel a little like Deondre Clark. More drama than I prefer. These kids have looked forward to this their entire life though. It always seems to work out this way with guys who commit as a jr.

      • Super K

        I think Josh is probably just trying to ensure that his friends/brother get a look. Plus remember Josh comes from an OU family. Great kid too.

        • Sooner Sam

          Good point! Good to hear.

    • Indy_sooner

      The problem with elite talent is that they get a look from every single person out there, much like Parker. That being said, I am fairly confident in Coach B and Stoops abilities to keep this one.

    • Andrew

      Even though I don’t like our commits to go on other visits to see what others have to offer, for some kids it is a chance of a lifetime to see the country and still be a SOONER!!!! The pressure that coaches put these kids under is immense, but negative comments about a choice they get to make REALLY doesn’t help kids make a decision to come to the best football program in the country.

      Being positive during recruiting, selling your program, and explaining plans to make them better players is the fastest way to get kids to commit…..conversely, being negative may get you a few players by knocking other programs, but it is the fastest way to drive players away!!!

      • BigJoeBrown

        That is what I think as well. Kids need to get out there and enjoy it. He is just a Junior. I’d go in a heart beat, the idea of being pampered by Notre Dame, Alabama, Oregon or whoever, would be fun. Let alone seeing all the facilities and cities and having a chance to meet coach’s you see on TV. A lot of these kids will never get that opportunity.

        • Andrew

          a kid from Oklahoma, that commits to Oklahoma early, who acts like he’s a “strong Commit” to Oklahoma, family are Oklahoma fans…..I have a good feeling that we are just fine in this case. The kid just needs to be a kid.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    I would hope Jackie Shipp wouldn’t trash OU! Not sure what he would say to do that, though. I can’t think of anything, really.
    Wariboko still has another year to go, and he committed early. So, maybe he’s just trying to enjoy the process a bit?

  • Leroy Jenkins

    My brain says, “There’s no way OU gets Torrance Gibson.”
    My heart says, “Remember Joe Mixon?”

    • Super K

      Exactly! Was thinking the same thing.

      • Atlantasooner

        Well QB recruiting usually goes quick as the top kids decide early and no school ever gets more than one kid. Usually by Elite 11 time, the top QBs have already chosen spots. OU might be able to stay in the Gibson hunt by NOT getting a QB verbal, and then pull an official visit in the fall if OU is clicking on all phases on offense.
        OU’s QB depth would allow them to gamble on Gibson more than say Ohio State. Miami will likely stay in the race until the end.

    • Jordan Esco

      My brain says they won’t that long if his plan is to commit close to NSD. But w/ their early offers it’s fairly clear this isn’t a typical year for OU in terms of how they’re approaching the QB position.

      We’ll see, but I still think they’ll want to have things sewn up before Gibson is ready to make a decision (assuming his plans above don’t change)

      • Leroy Jenkins

        Good point. And honestly, with how electric Gibson is, he’ll have suitors pursuing him up until the last possible moment.

  • Indy_sooner

    K, any news on Sunderland and Barnett?

    • Jordan Esco

      Not K, but the general consensus I’ve heard is that both are believed to (still) be OU leans.

      • Indy_sooner

        Thanks Jordan

        • Jordan Esco

          no prob

  • Jordan Esco

    re: Wariboko – As early as OU is offering kids now, if you get commits this type of situation is going to become much more common, IMO. It’s rare you’re gonna find a kid that commits that early and doesn’t want to at least still look around a little bit.

    It’s up to the coaches to continue recruiting them throughout the entire process until that fax comes in regardless of whether or not they’re taking other visits.

    It’s a double edged sword in offering so early, but that seems to be the direction both OU and recruiting in general seem to be taking.

    • Jordan Esco

      And I’m very much in the same camp as K (and others) in that I don’t think there is anything to worry about re: Wariboko’s commitment to OU (at least for now).

    • Leroy Jenkins

      I remember seeing a story about a recruit who committed to Washington during this last class. He was committed to Arizona but wanted to visit UW last minute, but U of A said if he visited they’d revoke his scholarship. The kid then decommitted from Arizona, visited UW, & committed that weekend.

      IMO, the biggest commitment in the Big XII this past class was the WR Lazard going to Iowa State. That guy also committed early on and had schools after him big time, but stuck with his early commitment. That’s a tribute to ISU & Paul Rhodes for sure, & he’s gonna be a great WR for them.

      OU will have to do the same with Wariboko for sure. All Stoops & Co. can do is hope he sticks with his original commitment after he visits other programs. As with Lazard, great players sometimes stick with their early commitment, so that’s a reason for hope.

      • Zack

        Great input. With the Arizona deal I think as a program the coaches need to be confident they can keep a guy interested. The last thing they should do is try making decisions for these kids before they actually are on campus.

      • Sooner Ray

        The best way to keep kids interested is to win some hardware at the end of the season to show off. They all want to be part of winning.

  • Zack

    I like the Gibson kid but I think he’s going to see the log jam at qb for ou and although these kids like competition and all think they have the skills to beat the other guys, I think the programs closer to home for him offer more of an immediate start. With that said a lot can change over the next year. I would like to see us go after ketchum where he may be able to see the field as a situational player at WR RB or even QB. And maybe that’s the key to getting Sheffield

  • Adrian

    The Tennessee game is going to be huge in terms of recruiting and continuing to get our name out there with other SEC schools. I hope that game is on national TV

    • Andrew

      It will be on TV because it is an SEC school. I hope we keep that Sugar Bowl train moving at full steam!!!

      • Sooner Ray

        It will absolutely be televised because it will be a big money maker for a network. OU being highly ranked going against, as you said, an SEC team who is working it’s way back to being a national power again. This will be a prime viewership game for sure.

  • Ed Cotter

    Wow, Hilliard’s list of schools is impressive. Will be more interesting to see where OU sits after the March JR. Day and when he pares his list down to 5.

  • Steve Cooke

    CB Jamile Johnson (6’1, 175, 4.5) of Dallas (South Oak Cliff), Texas has committed to OU per OUInsider.

  • Will Narramore

    Do you guys see recent OU commit Jemile Johnson as a safety or a corner?

    • Jordan Esco

      He plays corner now, could play either for OU, IMO.

    • Doobie74OU

      Love these Bigger DBs that have the ability to play CB or Safety! Makes the defense very versatile without have to change 3 or 4 players all the time. Especially against these fast paced No-Huddle Offenses!

      • Sooner Ray

        Haven’t you heard, they are going to outlaw the no huddle and according to Gumby a linebacker has to raise his hand if he’s going to blitz.

    • Andrew

      Depends on the other personnel but he could be a CB, LB(any), safety and nickel.

  • John Garner

    Jamille Johnson, a Safety, just committed to OU this morning.

  • JJsooner1

    Hmmm I wonder how we’d look with two 6’5″ OLB’s or D-Ends? Louis Brown and Duane Orso on the field at the same time? Pretty sure Coach Mike would have drool running off his chin!!

    • Andrew

      Don’t forget about the wealth of other young LB’s and CB’s and one D. Alexander who is going to be an All-American before it is all said and done. I would hate to play against this defense!!!! BOOM!!!!!!

      • JJsooner1

        Yup:-) I think Mike coming “home” and getting his players is so important to his philosophy. Having a better supporting cast of coaches and recruiters is just huge & is beyond anything I can express.

        • Sooner Ray

          I wouldn’t say that Mike couldn’t be a HC in the right setting but he is a natural at coaching defense and I hope he feels good about being here because he is on to great things right now.

          • JJsooner1

            Sooner Ray, I completely agree. But… all walks of life, there are people who just fit a role so well, that it’s difficult for them to assume a broader role. Mike is one of the best “micro-managers” in college football. Changing to a more macro role, can inhibit creativeness. Not always, but the really great one’s, yes it can. He just “gets” defense and I’m so thankful he’s back, along with everyone else I know:-)

          • blaster1371

            Agreed. I know many who think “moving up” the chain should be everyone’s ambition and to stay where ones at is looked down upon. But man alive! Doing something you enjoy and are good at and pays enough to do good for your family is the perfect situation to be in. I have read many a speculation that Cale Gundy would be someone’s OC one day but he too seems to be content to be the OU RB coach and stay where he is at working for and with the people he is employed.