OU commit in focus: John Humphrey

OU picked up its first wide receiver pledge for 2015 and it was a big (fast) one with John Humphrey.

There are some spots you can wait for and others you probably need to jump on them when the opportunity comes around.

At Oklahoma and talking wide receiver, it’s in your best interest to not mess around and go ahead and make the call.

That was the logic that made League City (Texas) Clear Falls wide receiver John Humphrey decide a January decision date does him no good when he knows he wants to be a Sooner right now.

Humphrey, a three-star receiver, has definitely been one of OU’s top slot targets since his first trip to campus for junior day in February. But there was no guarantee a position would be there for him if he waited until January like his original plan.

But there was still a spot when he and his family arrived in Norman last weekend and decided to end the process and become OU’s first and only (right now) receiver commit for the 2015 class.

“I feel really good about the decision,” Humphrey said. “I told myself why wait? I don’t want to miss out on an opportunity. My whole family was able to make it, and we knew it was going to happen.”

Apparently so did the coaches as Humphrey said OU coaches Bob Stoops and Jay Norvell were definitely excited Saturday afternoon but also had a sneaking suspicion the pledge was coming.

Humphrey earlier in the week had narrowed things down to OU and Notre Dame although he has never seen the campus in South Bend.

Is there a little regret?

“It was really tough because I really wanted to see everything,” Humphrey said. “Each day something could happen with a recruit, somebody else committing or something like that. I had to do it now.”

Humphrey is among the fastest receivers in the nation, but he oddly wasn’t looked at for the position by most schools. Once committed to Baylor, the Bears saw him as a defensive back.

Notre Dame viewed him as an athlete, saying wide receiver or defensive back. But the Sooners were the same throughout. It was receiver in February. It was receiver in June at a satellite camp. And it’s still receiver today.

“You have no idea how great it feels to have this over with,” Humphrey said. “Now I can just focus on my senior season.”

And OU can decide what it wants to do at the position going forward. It’s obvious OU isn’t going to have more than two for the class, but it’s not clear if the Sooners are going to take a second.

If they do, they won’t settle. Fellow Texas names stand out like Lufkin (Texas) High’s Keke Coutee and Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome. The search remains for another slot guy, but it will be interesting to see if the pieces fit together for either of those guys like it did for OU and Humphrey last week.


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