It's still a struggle for Oklahoma in trying to fill out its defensive tackles for the Class of 2014, but OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery got off to a huge start for the 2015 class Monday night with the commitment of Houston Cypress Falls tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin.
Lampkin, listed at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, gives OU three commits for the class with all of them being four-star prospects in the Scout 300.
Watching Lampkin, it's obvious why the Sooners jumped in early. He is very similar to Kerrick Huggins, an OU signee for last class that is now at Trinity Valley Community College getting his academics straightened out.
There have been some questions about Lampkin and his academic standing, but he is confident that will work itself out. He said he sent out his transcripts last week to interested schools and things should pick up for him.
But that's why Montgomery got in there early and offered while others were hesitant. Lampkin didn't grow up a huge OU fan. He liked the Sooners, but he admits he loved Texas and Texas A&M. If those schools come knocking down the road, it will be interesting to see if he has a change of heart.
Lampkin gives OU a great foundation at defensive tackle for the class. Ranked No. 16 at defensive tackle, Lampkin comes in at No. 243 in the Scout 300. His first work as an OU commit? Trying to convince Jenks (Okla.) High defensive tackle Marquise Overton to join him.
Lampkin tweeted to Overton on Monday night encouraging him to commit to OU as well. If OU locks up both of the Scout 300 prospects, it will be a clear sign Montgomery is starting to develop the OU defense with the prospects he wants.
OU has struggled with offensive linemen and defensive linemen during the last couple of years. For the Sooners first three commits to be linemen on both sides of the ball sends a nice strong message that OU is getting back where it used to be.
Lampkin is just the start of that on defense.