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Mbanasor ready to see Norman
The Sooners are all set for their second junior day and one of the more intriguing visitors coming to OU is Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor.
TCU was his first offer, and he didn't waste time committing to the Horned Frogs. He's well into the double digits at this point, which is something the TCU coaches saw happening. They warned him the "sharks are going to come."
One of those "sharks" was OU as the Sooners were the second program to offer, and he's ready to see what Norman has to offer and getting to know cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright better.
"I wasn't expecting the offer actually," Mbanasor said. "I actually thought I was going to go to junior day and pick up the offer so I was pretty happy about that."
Mbanasor will be visiting the campus by himself so it's tough to envision him flipping his commitment, but he has also made it clear he is open to all options right now, especially after the coaching changes at TCU.
"I would call myself a soft commit," Mbanasor said. "I'm still open in the sense that I'm looking at everything. I'm looking for the best coaching staff. My mindset isn't to go on a visit and flip. The process is just going to happen."
He said he wants to learn more about OU's academics this weekend. He obviously knows about the football success, but he wants to see how everything else is.
Of course OU has an ally in this recruitment with former teammate running back Samaje Perine signing with OU earlier this month.
"I've talked to him about it a couple of times, and he's told me what to expect," Mbanasor said. "He has talked highly of OU from the academic standpoint. What he's really said is it's a place of opportunity."
Mbanasor first met Wright when Wright was recruiting former teammate Trai Mosley during Mbanasor's sophomore season. When Wright returned checking back in on Mosley, he saw just how much Mbanasor had grown and developed.
"He just got real excited and made the offer," Mbanasor said. "He watched me workout, and he said he really liked my skills."
Mbanasor is hoping to visit a lot more schools before he makes a decision, especially some major programs out of the region.
Wariboko tells all
The rumors are going to continue to swirl regarding Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard and OU commit Josh Wariboko. Some of that, some would say, is because of his own doing.
Wariboko has been vocal about trying to get his brother, 2016 in-state prospect Max Wariboko, some attention from the best schools in the nation.
Josh Wariboko said he would love to play with his brother in college, but right now it's way too early to determine.
"I haven't thought a lot about it because he so many things can change, but I would love to play with him," Josh Wariboko said. "I want to see him get his offers."
It's tough to envision Max Wariboko getting too many offers right now because he hasn't been healthy enough to make that type of dent. The 2014 season could be his chance to shine and right now even his brother has no idea what his position is.
"I don't know. I think he can play all the defensive back positions," Josh Wariboko said. "I can't wait to see what he does this season."
Wariboko also has a connection with one of OU's top targets for 2015 in Plano (Texas) West four-star running back Sotonye Jamabo.
Jamabo has been among OU's top overall targets for the class for almost a full year at this point and Wariboko and Jamabo being cousins isn't hurting the cause.
"Yes, he is my cousin," Wariboko said. "Him and his dad came over from Nigeria. Whenever we go down to Texas, we always see how things are going."
But that doesn't give OU a decided edge on anybody. Jamabo rarely comes north, and when Jamabo and Wariboko talk, football is rarely the topic of conversation.
"We talk a little about that, but there's a lot more to our relationship than just that," Wariboko said. "It would be great to play with him, of course, but it won't matter if we don't."
OU offer stands out to Dyer
OU's first junior day produced three offers on that day and one of them was to Mesquite (Texas) Horn offensive tackle Conner Dyer.
It wasn't a shock Dyer got offered, but it was a good move by OU to get in there nice and early. As we've seen since his OU offer, Dyer has accumulated one big offer after another. Even then, though, he knew nothing was guaranteed.
"I was very pleased with the way things went," Dyer said. "I always knew there was a chance I could get an offer but there wasn't a guarantee."
Dyer, like so many other recruits, said he loved the small setting of OU's junior day compared to dealing with 40 or 50 recruits all looking to get some face time with the head coach or position coach.
He said getting to know offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh was the biggest positive from the experience, and OU is sitting well with him right now.
Dyer camped at OU during the summer and some thought the offer was going to come at that point. He said not getting the offer doesn't put OU in a bad position at all, especially the way the OU offer came his way.
"Coach B pulled me to the side as we were walking and told me I have an offer," Dyer said. "He said they're not offering a lot tackles so that meant a lot to me."
OU's ace in the hole is offensive lineman signee Jonathan Alvarez. Dyer and Alvarez are great friends and the OU coaches have been able to develop the rapport with Dyer when they were recruiting Alvarez.
"He has definitely been pushing for it," Dyer said. "But I know he wants me to go where I fit in best, too. After being at OU, I do think I'd fit in with those guys."
As the offers keep piling up, Dyer said he's not sure when he'll be making his decision.
Lampkin locked in with Sooners
Getting a recruit to commit without seeing the campus is always a risky scenario. Things get even more difficult when offer after offer starts coming their way and they still haven't seen the campus.
But OU rode that wave out and has come out on top with Houston Cypress Falls defensive lineman Du'Vonta Lampkin. The four-star prospect got his first look at OU and Norman at the first junior day.
Lampkin wasn't just in town for the one-day event as he got there early and stayed the entire weekend. It was necessary, he said, in order to get to know the area and his future coaches.
"It was real nice," Lampkin said. "I liked it a lot. It's one of the best campuses around. I felt very comfortable there."
There were some concerns with his academic standing heading into his junior year, and it's a big reason why some schools didn't make the offer. As things have gotten better and better in that regard, the offers are coming in fast and furious.
Notable area schools have offered as have some of the more nationally known names. But Lampkin is adamant that won't matter.
"It really hasn't been that tough," said Lampkin about staying true to OU. "I'm not really putting much attention toward the other offers."
He'll tweet them out, and then he said he doesn't pay any more mind to it. That has actually increased because of the time he had at OU in getting to know defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.
Montgomery was able to sell Lampkin on what the Sooners were doing in November and got his commitment. The first part of the weekend about building the relationship with Montgomery, while the last part was all about trying to build on the class.
"I'm real tight with Coach Montgomery," Lampkin said. "It was a great visit, and I can't wait to get back and can't wait to get more kids to join us. We're going to do something special."