No commitments but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an eventful week with Oklahoma recruiting. Get the lowdown on the last seven days.
Humphrey down to Sooners, Irish
There hasn’t been a second where it has appeared like OU is out of the race for Clear Falls (Texas) League City wide receiver John Humphrey, but it’s always nice when a recruit will confirm what everybody else is thinking.
Humphrey said Tuesday night he is down to two, OU and Notre Dame. The plan remains for him to announce at the Semper Fidelis All-American Game, but it will be interesting to see if the race goes beyond September.
Humphrey is going to get a great look at both schools in September. Up first will be an official visit to South Bend to see Notre Dame and Michigan. The following week will be the trek to Norman for OU and Tennessee.
One thing that still stands out is how OU is 100 percent committed to Humphrey at receiver, no questions on that one.
“Notre Dame said if I come in, they see me as an athlete and will see how things happen,” Humphrey said. “OU likes me at receiver.”
Once committed to Baylor, the Bears push to have Humphrey as defensive back was one reason why he decided to reopen things.
Going into the visits, it still seems like OU is No. 1 with Notre Dame No. 2. But it hurts a little bit to not be able to have Humphrey back on campus this summer. A family issue will keep him from making the trip he was supposed to make this weekend.
Race heats up for 2016 quarterback
Still no new news regarding OU’s chase for a 2015 quarterback, but there was some big news this week regarding the race for 2016.
It started Monday when Arlington (Texas) Martin’s Shane Buechele was offered by Texas. Buechele already has an OU offer. No question Sooners are going to be there until the bitter end.
His brother played baseball at OU and he has two sisters still at the university. But instead of waiting around, Josh Heupel is being a lot more active than ever before.
The third offer was made Tuesday night as Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic’s Jarrett Guarantano was officially offered by the Sooners.
Heupel made the trip to New Jersey during the spring to see Guarantano, and it felt like the offer would happen almost right there on the spot for the four-star prospect.
It took a while, but it has happened. Smart thing because as Guarantano continues to rack up the offers, OU had to make an early statement or else it would definitely be left out.
Case in point was one day after the OU offer, Guarantano received an Alabama offer. Schools on the east coast are doing whatever they can to keep him home, but it’s going to be one heck of a race to follow.
OU sitting pretty with Mayden
The other big-time news from the 2016 class happened with Sachse (Texas) High cornerback Jared Mayden. Ranked No. 3 at the position right now, Mayden released his top 10 on Wednesday night with the Sooners easily making the cut.
Mayden is an OU legacy and was at OU’s satellite camp this summer. One of the biggest eye openers in his list was the lack of Texas. Mayden has made multiple visits to Texas, but he told Horns Digest that it is very unlikely the Longhorns re-enter the race.
OU has done a great job here early with Mayden. Getting him for at least one unofficial visit this season would be another great sign.
Ross set for OU visit
In talking about the event, he also gave an update on things, and it’s good news for OU. Ross said he is yet another major prospect set to take an official visit to Norman for OU’s primetime showdown against Tennessee.
It still doesn’t feel like OU is in the driver’s seat, but the Sooners have obviously made a solid imprint with Ross. What will be interesting to watch going forward is how things go with freshman Joe Mixon.
Nobody is saying if OU dismisses Mixon that all the goodwill will vanish from Cali recruiting, but Mixon being at OU has meant a lot because of how connected he is to the area.
OU makes cut for Buncom
Another Cali prospect looking in OU’s direction is San Diego St. Augustine’s Frank Buncom. He can play either safety or cornerback, bottom line is he can definitely make an impact.
He released his top five Wednesday with OU also in the mix for his services. As talked about on the message board, the rest of his schools are academic heavyweights to no idea right now if OU is going to be able to overcome something like that.
KLS a future Sooner?
The offer in the spring didn’t feel like it much, but the Sooners have kept putting on the pressure and showing the interest. Now it has paid off with Orange (Calif.) Lutheran five-star outside linebacker Keisean Lucier-South.
He released his top five Monday with OU surprising some people by being in there. OU still doesn’t have a commitment at linebacker, but Tim Kish has positioned OU in a good spot for several prospects even before KLS’ list was released.
UCLA and Oregon also made the cut in terms of regional schools, but if OU can get a visit as it should, no reason to discount the Sooners out of this one.
Lampkin, Dyer commit elsewhere
One was no surprise, while the other was a little bit of a shock. This week saw defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin commit to Texas, while offensive lineman Conner Dyer did the same to Texas Tech the next day.
Lampkin, a one-time OU commit, seemed like he was all about the Longhorns once he got the offer and made a visit last month. But Dyer was somebody OU really tried hard for during the winter and spring.
He was offered in person at junior day and Dyer had made several trips to campus, including one for the spring game in April. The hope was his friendship with OU freshman Jonathan Alvarez would be enough, but it didn’t quite happen that way.
Tweet of the week
Nothing else to say regarding OU kicker Michael Hunnicutt. No doubt he earned the Tweet of the Week with this one Wednesday night:
We got iPads for our playbooks today. Here's the only play loaded on mine.. pic.twitter.com/3TcEpjx5wj— S. M. Hunnicutt (@Hunnicutt08) July 31, 2014