Sooner Intel: News and nuggets, Pt. II

More news and notes from OU's spring game and first week of evaluation period.

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Lampkin back in the fold

It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Sooners this week. Spring game was a big opportunity for OU to square things up with Cypress (Texas) Falls defensive lineman commit Du'Vonta Lampkin.

Lampkin, a member of the Scout 300, has been a firm OU commit even though other schools have been knocking on his door.

One of those schools was his boyhood favorite as Texas offered last week. The trip to OU allowed the Sooners to get back in his good graces even if they were never actually out of them in the first place.

"Everything was really good," Lampkin said. "I really wanted to see the game and see the differences between things. The defense is really good. The defensive line is solid."

Lampkin said when he committed that part of the reason was because Texas and Texas A&M had not offered at that point. Now that the Longhorns have entered the race, he wants to let OU fans know there's nothing to worry about.

"It's another offer, but it doesn't change things for me," Lampkin said. "I'm not planning on any visits or anything like that."

Lampkin has developed a great relationship with defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, but this last weekend was also an opportunity to connect with Quick and Mixon. The Cali Sooners made a big impression.

"I didn't really know them too much going into the weekend," Lampkin said. "They were really fun to be around."

Lampkin got a surprise of his own this week when his coaches told him he'll be playing offensive line this season to go along with being a defensive tackle.

Dyer enjoys return trip

Recruiting, as we all know, can be stressful. For that reason, recruiting and talks of commitment were the last thing on the mind of Mesquite (Texas) Horn offensive lineman Conner Dyer.

Dyer, a four-star prospect offered by OU in person at its first junior day, was back in Norman last weekend for the spring game. Committing never entered the equation.

"I went up there to have some fun, and I did," Dyer said. "That was the biggest reason for why I came back. It was crazy how many people were there just for a spring game."

Dyer also attended Baylor's spring game and has an offer from the Bears. But he said that's it in terms of spring games and unofficial visits for a while.

At OU, he got to connect with one of OU's 2015 commits in Allen (Texas) High offensive tackle Bobby Evans. Dyer said the two hit it off well and talked a lot before and during the game.

He said he has a strong relationship with the OU coaches and got a little time with Bill Bedenbaugh as the two were catching up more than anything.

Earlier this week Dyer added an offer from Oklahoma State, which helps explain his attitude right now. He wants to wait. Besides all the regional schools, Dyer really would like to visit Ohio State and Oregon. Nothing is set just yet.

"I'm done with trips right now, and I'd like to narrow it down maybe in the summer or something like that," Dyer said. "I still have more trips I want to take before I start making any decisions."

Perry talks OU, Moore

The biggest reason why signee Michiah Quick was able to make it to the spring game was because his recruiting coordinator Tony Perry was also able to make the trip.

Perry has been so instrumental in helping the Sooners develop the Fresno area connection with Quick, Hatari Byrd and L.J. Moore and a number of prospects for the 2015 and 2016 classes.

It doesn't always pan out, though, as Moore left the university following his freshman season. Perry said it's in no way a reflection of OU.

"No, OU didn't do anything wrong and L.J. wants to make sure everybody knows that," Perry said. "He got homesick, you know, it happens with kids. He wishes he didn't do it (leave the program), but it's done.

"We got him working again. I told him I'd give him one more chance to show me he's serious about things, and we'll go through the process again."

Perry said it hasn't made a dent in his relationship with Mike Stoops or Tim Kish, his longtime friends in the business.

"We've been down way too many roads for something like this to affect our relationship," Perry said. "Those guys are great guys, and I won't hesitate to send one of my kids to OU."

Speaking of which, two more of Perry's kids were at the spring game. Fresno (Calif.) Edison three-star cornerback A.J. Greeley made his first trip to OU. Despite not having an offer, Greeley has made it clear OU is his No. 1 choice right now.

Also Perry made sure Stoops and Kish got to know Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North linebacker Caleb Kelly. A Class of 2016 prospect, Kelly's first offer came from OU earlier this month.

Perry was hopeful to coach at OU's summer camp last year, and he said he has that hope once again this year. It didn't pan out last year, but he wants to return to Norman for the three-day event in June.


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