Mann, Reid officially on OU's radar

In another slow-ish week on the recruiting scene for Oklahoma, it was two offers that stood out more than anything else.

Another week down and another week of not much to report for Oklahoma recruiting with its Class of 2015.

This looked like it would become something with a visit from Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi junior college offensive lineman Jamal Danley.

Originally scheduled for Monday, Danley tweeted last weekend he wasn’t going to make the trip. The signals appeared mixed, but Danley was quick to set the record straight.

No, he hasn’t had a falling out with the Sooners. And no, this doesn’t mean he won’t visit Norman at another time. Danley actually was pretty forthcoming in saying the Sooners are his favorite right now. There’s just no telling when his visit is going to happen.

Danley said he just didn’t want to miss that much time of school with the trip to OU. As of today, it absolutely looks like it was just a case of bad timing.

Humphrey sets back visit, decision date

Danley felt like the commitment for this week, while it also felt like the Sooners were in line to get another one next week from Clear Falls (Texas) League City wide receiver John Humphrey.

Like Danley, don’t look for Humphrey on OU’s campus during this next weekend. Humphrey did confirm via text messages he intends to return to Norman on Aug. 2, which is the first Saturday of practices for the Sooners.

The feeling among most has been a return trip to Norman would guarantee a commitment, but Humphrey sort of shot that down himself when he said he is going to announce at the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January.

Recruits say stuff like that all the time so it remains to be seen whether or not Humphrey stays true to that tweet.

Notre Dame is still squarely in the picture with Humphrey but don’t have to worry about Baylor, the school Humphrey was actually committed to in the spring.

He elaborated more on how things went wrong by saying Baylor is looking at him as a defensive back, while OU sees him more as a receiver. That’s a good thing for the Sooners as Humphrey said his passion is more at wide receiver than cornerback. Texas and Ole Miss are in the mix as well.

Won’t really matter if Humphrey delays his decision as he has stated or if he pulls the trigger early because it feels like OU will be there until the bitter end. The Sooners want two slot receivers, and Humphrey appears to definitely be one of those guys.

Mann gets long awaited offer

When OU hit Texas during the spring evaluation period, Scout’s Gabe Brooks was quick to point out the interest OU had been showing in Arlington (Texas) Bowie’s Madison Akamnonu and Burleson (Texas) High’s Kenneth Mann.

Akamnonu picked up the OU offer during the period and is no doubt one of OU’s top targets at the position. It took a lot longer for Mann to get the offer, but it finally happened earlier this week when Mann’s coach told him to call OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

One conversation later and it was official. Mann said he is incredible excited about the offer although it’s tough to pinpoint when he’ll make it to campus. Mann said he is hopeful to do so in the next couple of weeks, but there are no guarantees with his transportation issues.

Mann has a lot of offers, more than 20 at this point, but the Sooners one feels like it’s going to mean more than some of the others right now.

With OU having no clear favorites at the position right now for the class, the timing might be absolutely perfect for Mann and the Sooners.

Reid waits no longer

The speculation had been running rampant for a while as to who would be the next OU offer at safety. That question was answered Thursday when Geisman (La.) Dutchtown’s Justin Reid confirmed the Sooners have officially entered the race.

Even before the offer, there had been rumblings about just how much Reid liked OU. Once again it’s Jerry Montgomery doing work in Louisiana as despite it not being his position, Montgomery has been the one leading the charge for Reid.

Reid, a three-star prospect, was one of the pleasant surprises at The Opening last week and his rather quiet offer list should explode following his performances.

So what to make of Reid’s offer? OU hasn’t made a move in the safety direction for a long time as the Sooners have been in solid position with Midwest City (Okla.) High safety Will Sunderland and Waco (Texas) Midway Kahlil Haughton.

This doesn’t necessarily mean anything has changed with either recruit. OU is still the favorite for Sunderland, while the Sooners are still squarely in the hunt for Haughton.

What the offer illustrates more than anything is OU was finally ready to make the move to Reid after having evaluated him more. And if OU does happen to be on the outside looking in with either Haughton or Sunderland, OU is ready to roll and won’t be scrambling.

Holmes picks Trojans

Last week saw a rash of top targets commit to other programs. This week just saw one as four-star wide receiver Desean Holmes chose USC earlier this week.

Holmes had the Sooners in his top three, but he never gave a strong answer about when he wanted to visit Norman. The Trojans were the favorite for a while, but it was still rather shocking to see how quickly it happened.

Again, with OU looking to take two receivers at most for this class, it’s just a case of crossing him off the list and moving on. Jay Norvell did what he could and still has plenty of options on the table.


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