Sooner Intel, Pt. II: News and nuggets

The Intel is back for Part II as we take a look at a huge week for OU recruiting.

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Jacobs believes in Sooners

Burleson (Texas) High defensive end Kenneth Mann only had the distinction of being OU’s second commit of the week because Metairie (La.) Rummel defensive end Tyrell Jacobs beat him to the punch.

Jacobs, also a three-star prospect, committed to the Sooners on Monday during his first unofficial visit to campus.

He wasn’t counting out any of the multitude of schools who had made the offer, but he wanted his mother to see Norman and see if she felt as good about things there as he did.

“My mom met the coaches and loved them,” Jacobs said. “She said she felt really comfortable there and felt like they were genuine guys.”

A lot of SEC schools have also offered Jacobs, and he might have considered them more if not for what he saw Jan. 2 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Even though OU’s track record speaks for itself, that win has catapulted the Sooners back to the forefront with recruits. And sometimes perception means more than anything.

“I watched that and was so impressed with what I saw,” Jacobs said. “For me to go to OU is a chance for me to play with the big teams like Alabama and show what I can do. OU showed it belongs with those other schools.”

Jacobs, like just about every other recruit from Louisiana, was recruited by defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. The two first connected during Sugar Bowl practices as Montgomery invited him to come down and watch.

As time went on, Jacobs felt stronger and stronger about his connection with Montgomery and was sort of just waiting for the offer that came his way earlier this summer.

“I wasn’t going to eliminate anybody because I was looking for what’s the best opportunity for me,” Jacobs said. “Coach Montgomery is like a dad to me. I know he’s going to take care of me. It just felt like home.”

Jacobs has been regarded as a defensive tackle or defensive end, but he said the Sooners see him squarely at defensive end. It’s a position he’s very comfortable with.

Even though it felt like Jacobs’ commitment was a foregone conclusion, he said it still surprised OU coach Bob Stoops. Jacobs said Stoops didn’t know it was coming and was thrilled to get the commitment Monday afternoon.

Mississippi State was probably the most realistic option for Jacobs outside of OU, and he said he’s shutting down his recruitment but had a rather unique way of explaining why he’s doing what he’s doing.

“I’m done right now,” Jacobs said. “I knew that once I felt like I found the right school, I would be done. Any other offer that comes now is going to feel fake, you know. It’s going to be like they offered because they saw I was committed to OU. I know OU is real, and I’m riding the OU train now.”

Lampkin coming back home?

They say good things come in threes. That could be the case by this time next week as it’s possible Cypress (Texas) Falls defensive lineman Du’Vonta Lampkin becomes OU’s third defensive linemen commit in eight days.

Lampkin, a four-star tackle, committed to the Sooners back in November before decommitting in the spring. The relationship never soured, though, and Lampkin said earlier this week he will decide Monday between OU, Texas and LSU.

Things could get more complicated this weekend as Lampkin is supposed to camp in Baton Rouge and no doubt Texas looks in good shape following an outstanding visit to Austin last week.

OU getting two defensive end commitments in the last week feels like it could be a sign, but you never know when it comes to a talent like Lampkin.

The Sooners picked up the pledges of three-star prospects Tyrell Jacobs and Kenneth Mann this week and one of the first to congratulate Mann was Lampkin on Twitter.

But he didn’t just congratulate Mann, Lampkin had very kind words to say about OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery as well, talking about the hard work Montgomery has put into the process.

It doesn’t feel like OU is in the driver’s seat for this one, but he has made multiple trips to campus before so it’s not like he doesn’t have all the info he needs.

A couple things not so much in OU’s favor is his tight friendship with Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko and offensive lineman Toby Weathersby.

Wariboko was also once committed to OU, but it seems as though that ship has sailed. Weathersby and Lampkin have known each other since they were 5 years old. When Lampkin was committed to OU, he tried to get Weathersby to join him in Norman.

Weathersby earned a Texas offer and committed to the Longhorns. Ever since, the roles have been reversed with Weathersby pushing hard for Lampkin to join him in Austin.

OU will no doubt survive if Lampkin picks the Longhorns or the Tigers, but nobody will be complaining if another “BOOM” tweet is issued Monday for Lampkin once again.

Ware choosing Monday

A short note to pass along as Cedar Hill (Texas) High running back Aca’cedric Ware tweeted late Thursday night he’s going to announce Monday.

The Sooners aren’t among his finalists and won’t be chosen despite the OU offer in the spring. He still said he wants to take his official visits no matter what, but nothing has been there to suggest Norman will be one of his stops.

The interesting thing about Ware’s commitment is how OU was simply unable to make a real impact with any of the top guns at Cedar Hill this season.

The OU coaches have a great relationship with the Cedar Hill staff and the Sooners certainly have a lot of goodwill with freshman Marcus Green being from Cedar Hill, but for some reason OU struck out with the school this time around.

Wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge and linebacker Richard Moore went to Texas A&M. Cornerback Darrell Miller picked Tennessee last weekend. Quarterback Justin McMillan is headed to LSU, while Ware will head elsewhere Monday. OU made offers to Ware and Lodge and had Miller on campus for junior day.


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