Sooner Intel, Pt. II: News and nuggets

Updates with more OU commits and top targets in the Intel.

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Danley says he’s solid to Sooners

The stars seem to be aligning for Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi Community College offensive lineman Jamal Danley to bolt from OU.

Committed to the Sooners for more than a month, he just has the feel of someone who might head to Mississippi State, currently ranked the No. 1 team in country.

Maybe somebody should tell Danley that as he reiterated earlier this week he intends his future home to still be in Norman.

“I’m still solid there, nothing has changed,” Danley said. “I felt like it was home for me when I visited, and I still have a great relationship with all the coaches.”

Danley said he still communicates with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh multiple times a week, but the door is still slightly open to what else is out there.

Danley said his family and his coaches would like him to take all of his visits with schools like Florida and Missouri being mentioned. The Bulldogs, of course, would be in the conversation as it has always appeared like MSU has been OU’s biggest threat to land Danley.

And then there was a Danley tweet following OU’s win over Texas and Mississippi State’s victory against Auburn. It didn’t say a lot, simply read “SEC.”

“What I was trying to say is I’m an SEC-caliber guy,” Danley said. “I know I can play in the SEC, but I’m going to be playing in the Big 12.”

Recruiting might be a headache, but his regular season has been a blast. Eastern Mississippi remains undefeated and Danley said he believes he is playing better than ever.

Jacobs on the rise

If there is one OU commit who has played his way onto the national radar, it is Metairie (La.) Rummel defensive lineman Tyrell Jacobs.

Nobody thought too much of Jacobs when he committed to OU in July, but it’s tough to argue with what Jacobs has produced so far. Jacobs has deflected three passes, forced three fumbles, blocked three field goals and has six sacks.

“I’m using my hands more,” Jacobs said. “Every game you can always get better, and I’m used to getting double or triple teams now.”

Some SEC schools were among the top competition for Jacobs in the summer and that appears to still be the case now. Jacobs said Texas A&M continues to show consistent interest. But what he said in July still stands now.

“Yes, what I said then is something I still believe,” Jacobs said. “All this interest, why is it happening now? Why didn’t I get offered before? I’m all-in with OU.”

Jacobs said it meant a lot to him when defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery watched him play last month, saying Montgomery is like a dad to him.

Jacobs said, as of now, it looks like his official visit is going to be for Bedlam weekend against Oklahoma State. The recent on the field struggles don’t mean anything to Jacobs, mentioning the defense is still making plays.

“They’re playing against tough teams so that can happen,” Jacobs said. “I like the way the defense is playing. Coach Montgomery has them doing a good job, and they’re forcing a lot of turnovers.”

Scott gets it straight from Sooners

It has been a crazy month for Irving (Texas) Nimitz linebacker Michael Scott. Once committed to SMU, the three-star prospect has opened his recruitment up once again.

And the Sooners are in the picture. Scott was invited by OU to the Red River Showdown and said he had a great time watching OU beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

“It was something crazy,” Scott said. “I’ve never been to a game like that. It was better than what I thought it would be.”

Scott said his relationship with OU linebackers coach Tim Kish goes back a couple of years. He wasn’t recruited by Kish when he was going into his sophomore season, but Kish definitely wanted to meet Scott because of his size.

OU hasn’t made the offer yet, and it’s possible it never will, but Scott said he talks with Kish at least once every two weeks and sometimes once a week.

“They’ve already offered two guys at my position so I’ll have to wait and see,” Scott said. “I came onto the scene really late. He said they might make one more offer, and with the way I’ve been playing, it could be me.”

What’s interesting about the Scott situation is he’s willing to do so even if his brother, Delontae Scott, doesn’t follow him. The two were committed to SMU together, but Delontae has decided to stick with the Mustangs no matter what.

But Michael wants to see what else is out there. He said the losing doesn’t affect him, but the uncertainty of the coaching situation stands out.

“Getting blown out doesn’t matter to me, but I’m scared about the situation right now,” Scott said. “I don’t want to say I’m OK with being blown out, but I’m at a high school where it happens a lot, too. I understand that. I just want to go somewhere I know I’m going to get better.”

Scott was once pigeonholed as a defensive end, but he said a lot of schools are starting to see him more at wide receiver and linebacker. For the Sooners, it’s 100 percent linebacker.

“I’m making tackles I couldn’t make last year,” Scott said. “I’m using my speed more and able to use my strength and throw linemen around. I never thought I could do things like that.”

Scott said a lot of schools are starting to show consistent interest including Missouri, Texas and Texas A&M. So, for now, he’ll play the waiting game before making any official visits. He does hope OU is one of them when it’s all said and done.

Newsome heading to Knoxville

The last few weeks have seen some crucial visits for top targets to other schools. Some proved to be pivotal like Cassius Peat to UCLA, who committed to the Bruins shortly after the visit.

Some not as much as it doesn’t seem Michigan made much of a dent with Keisean Lucier-South nor does it feel like Ohio State made the huge impression with Josh Wariboko that it thought was possible.

But this week has one of those with Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome and his trip to Tennessee.

Newsome is down to OU, Texas, UCLA and Tennessee. But for some reason, and some of that is based on Newsome’s tweets, it has felt like the Vols might be the school to beat.

Newsome is visiting for what should be a sure loss for Tennessee against Alabama, but it hasn’t mattered so far with this class as Tennessee’s Butch Jones has done an incredible job on the trail.

Newsome is still set to visit Norman for Baylor weekend and a Texas trip still seems to be on the books, but Tennessee might end up trumping both of the Red River schools.

OU’s missed opportunity

For a weekend that didn’t appear to be much at first, OU actually had quite a few top visitors on campus, led by Allen (Texas) High quarterback Kyler Murray.

Offered by the Sooners, it always felt like it didn’t mean much and after committing to Texas A&M in May, it definitely felt like it didn’t matter.

But Murray has now seen OU play in back-to-back weeks, including the official visit last weekend. The Aggies shouldn’t be hitting the panic button, but it’s a heck of a development here in the last couple of weeks.

OU is virtually out of it with Torrance Gibson, but the Sooners are making ground with Murray. Just not too sure if it’s enough to actually change things. It would be one heck of a steal by Josh Heupel for the 2015 class.

The loss sort of impacted how the rest of the weekend went for Dallas Bishop Dunne defensive lineman Darrion Daniels. He said he had a great time, but the weekend lost some of that momentum with OU going down to Kansas State.

It feels like a three-horse showdown between OU, Baylor and Texas Tech for Daniels. And despite the loss, don’t expect the Sooners to lose any ground.

But also don’t look for OU to gain the ground necessary for Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point linebacker Cameron Townsend. It’s clear it’s down to OU and Texas, and we’ll all find out Sunday when he makes his announcement.

The smart money, the big money is on Texas, but OU did all it could. He visited three times last year and made the official last week. In the end, though, it could be the fourth linebacker target to pick another school in 14 days.

OU had another top linebacker on campus with Alabama commit Joshua McMillon. He has been quiet since the visit, but his tweets tell a story of a prospect who was more impressed with the Tide’s beatdown of Texas A&M than anything the Sooners could offer him.

A win vs. KSU wouldn’t have guaranteed anything with any of the four, but the loss surely didn’t help what could have been a better atmosphere on campus and around the community.


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