Midlands Impact: Humphrey to OU

Scout.com has a quick breakdown on the newest recruit to join the Oklahoma football team, Clear Falls athlete John Humphrey from League City, Texas. He should be a nice addition to the Sooner program. Why you ask? Check out this premium feature and find out.

John Humphrey (also known as ‘Flashy’)
Wide Receiver 
6-0, 165
League City (Tex.) Clear Falls 
Committed to Oklahoma
Chosen over Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Baylor

Stat Line (2013): 60 receptions for 900 yards, 12 TDs

Run Down: Early in the process, Humphrey was quite high after an unofficial visit to Oklahoma. At that time, it was assumed that the Sooners were in the driver’s seat for his services. By the time of the Houston NFTC, Humphrey was starting to haul in more than a few offers and was getting a strong push from Big 12 rival Baylor. Just a few days after the Nike Camp, Humphrey committed to the Bears as a defensive back. Two months later, Scout.com caught up with Humphrey as he was taking in some camp action in Pearland, Tex. for the HBU/Colorado camp. It was at that time that it looked like the connection between Humphrey and the Sooner coaches was growing stronger while the feelings towards Baylor were dwindling some. From his tone, it sounded like a player who wanted to take a step back and look at some other options. That proved to be the right assumption as Humphrey decommitted from Baylor within a week or so from that update. 

At the time of that update, he mentioned that a July trip to Oklahoma was going to happen. Time drew near and Sooners Illustrated mentioned that Humphrey was perhaps not going to be able to make it. Before that, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas, Ole Miss and Baylor were named as his favorites. Then that list was narrowed to two, with the Irish and Sooners making the cut. In the end, Humphrey was able to get to Norman, Okla. and saw all that he needed to and made the Saturday, August 2 commitment. 

What this means for Oklahoma: It’s like a two-for-one. Sure, he was listed as a wide receiver commitment for the Sooners, he could very well be tried as a cornerback if the coaches see fit. There is plenty of versatility when it comes to Humphrey, and his speed goes without question as he is a consistent sub-4.5 40-yard guy. In addition to what he brings on the field, he is now the seventh commitment from Texas, a state that has provided plenty of stars over the years, though some detractors have said that the Oklahoma coaches are struggling here. Humphrey is the second from the Houston area, with Katy running back Rodney Anderson being the other commitment. 

In Humphrey’s Words: “When I arrived at the Oklahoma campus, I feel like I belonged there and I was part of something special. I feel 100 percent confident in my decision (to commit).”

Scout.com’s Take on Humphrey (from Greg Powers): “Humphrey is a slick athlete who could actually end up playing on offense in the slot or on defense as a cornerback in college. He has an equal upside at both positions as his strengths are his agility and ability to run. He has the skills to hang with wide receivers and possibly develop in to a corner who you can put on an island. One offense, he is a multi-functional and can beat you in a number of ways and can score often. He is hard to contain.”

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