The last 24 to 48 hours have been good for Oklahoma as the football team has added key pieces to its 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes. That's right, there are already commitments for 2018, although I have a hard time taking them very serious, but California quarterback Cameron Rising out of Newbury Park came to Oklahoma this summer and spent time in both Norman and Stillwater.
Rising even took a selfie in Stillwater with Cowboys running backs coach and ace recruiter Marcus Arroyo calling Arroyo "the man." Well, apparently in the end, the man was in Norman whether it was head coach Bob Stoops or offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lincoln Riley. The 6-2, 195-pound Rising committed to Oklahoma yesterday and seems to be very serious about it.
Oklahoma's other big pick up was one that I predicted might happen, at least the de-commitment part of it. Center prospect and one of the best offensive line prospects in the 2017 class, Creed Humphrey, of Shawnee, Oklahoma thanked Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and offensive line coach Jim Turner but really meant no thanks as he got off the A&M commitment list and joined the OU commitment list.
The Texas A&M mishandling of their Chalk Talk for Women was bound to cause issues in recruiting. It made national news and the mothers of these young men being recruited pay attention and generally have a major say in where their son is going to go to school and who will have a chance to coach and influence him.
In this case with Humphrey, a Nike Opening selection and participant, it played into the Sooners' hands. The other A&M offensive line commitment from Oklahoma for A&M is Meeker's Adrian Wolford, a good friend of Humphrey's. The 6-5, 310-pound offensive tackle prospect de-committed from Oklahoma State to join Humphrey in committing to A&M.
There's been no word from Wolford, but could he be considering a switch back to Oklahoma State? Cypress Creek, Texas offensive tackle prospect Grayson Reed is another prospect that Oklahoma State offered that could be having second thoughts.
The Cowboys have commitments from tackle prospect Derek Kerstetter and one of the top offensive line prospects in Texas in Dan Moore Jr. of Beaumont West Brook. They will look for at least two more offensive linemen in this class.
High on the wish list is Henry Bainivalu of Seattle (Skyline), Washington. Bainivalu has visited Oklahoma State and he insists he is interested in coming this direction. The very athletic 6-6, 290-pound Bainivalu would be huge. Another possibility of a highly regarded offensive line prospect is Adrian Ealy of Gonzales (East Ascension), Louisiana. He is a top prospect and Louisiana has been good to the Cowboys.
Head coach Mike Gundy has always said his players are the best recruiters because of the way they are treated and the respect they are coached with. Senior transfer Derrick Moncrief of Alabama, who came from Auburn; senior offensive tackle Victor Salako from Alabama, and Louisiana native Marcus Keyes, an offensive tackle from Port Allen, all talk about how Oklahoma State has worked for them. The players need to communicate with these offensive line recruits as often and as NCAA legally as possible.
Back to the 2018 quarterback commitment for Oklahoma, Rising's pledge means OU has a quarterback in that class now and quarterbacks usually like to single out, one per school and one per class. That means the likes of universal recruit Casey Thompson of Southmoore may be looking for a school other than the one his dad and older brother attended (OU). He has a ton of offers, but seemed to like it in Stillwater when he visited.
Thompson is a unique prospect that threw for 2,670 yards and ran for 1,011 yards with 52 combined touchdowns last season. He is listed at 6-0, 184 pounds. Just a little over a week ago, Oklahoma State offer Tanner Mordecai of Waco Midway was on campus for the mini-camp and the 6-2, 190-pounder is special.
Spencer Sanders (6-2, 190) of Denton Ryan was at the L.D. Bell stop on the satellite camp tour and Oklahoma State offered him. There is also Justin Rogers of Bossier City (Parkway), La., the same school as current Pokes freshman Keondre Wudtee and Sachse, Texas standout Jalen Mayden.
It's a good time to strike because most of those quarterbacks were on the OU preferential list and with Rising committing, time to make sure they know the Sooners have their 2018 quarterback.