SoonersIllustrated.com readers have questions about Oklahoma recruiting. Here are some answers to some of the more pressing questions.
Is the linebacker answer coming soon for OU?
Been a frustrating couple of weeks with linebacker recruiting as the Sooners have seen four targets fly off the board. Four targets but really just one that legitimately felt like he’d be a Sooner with four-star prospect Cassius Peat, who picked UCLA.
It’s not quite back to the drawing board yet for OU because four are gone but a solid five remain. And this is a solid quintet where if OU can get two or three (if you’re greedy), nobody is calling for linebackers coach Tim Kish’s head.
In the middle, it’s all about Dallas Skyline’s Anthony Wheeler. He holds the cards, and whatever he does will start to have some dominoes fall.
After that, you start looking at three guys that have already taken OU official visits and one that will take his for Oklahoma State weekend.
Five-star prospects Keisean Lucier-South and Ricky DeBerry have both already been to Norman. DeBerry is so low key with his recruitment that it’s not fair to guess where things are, but no doubt OU is in play for Lucier-South.
Then looking at Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin’s Anthony McKee, who was close to committing on his visit in September. He maintains a solid relationship with Kish.
And then New Orleans Charter’s Arthur McGinnis is there lurking in the distance. He said earlier this week he is set for his OU official on Bedlam weekend.
No reason to celebrate just yet, but no reason to panic, either.
Who is the best running back in the state for the Class of 2016?
So many quality choices but the winner for this is Edmond Santa Fe’s Darran Williams. It’s not just his numbers, which have been dang impressive. It’s the way he runs. He’s not a big guy, but he’s very powerful.
Williams has answered the bell time and time again for the Wolves this season, but OU still not showing as much interest as it felt like it would have by this point.
Still believe No. 1 choice in the state is Norman North’s Quan Hogan, but it’s going to be tough to classify him as a pure running back when he’s such a threat in the passing game and even the vertical passing game.
Other names worth keeping tabs on including Broken Arrow’s Jamall Shaw and Tulsa Booker T. Washington’s Justice Hill. The running back group for the state is immensely talented and expect even more names to emerge down the road.
Looking at the stats for commitments, is John Humphrey worth keeping?
League City (Texas) Clear Falls is 1-7 and that’s just not common for OU commitments that usually come from very strong teams. Humphrey hasn’t produced the way OU fans are used to seeing, but he has had one heck of a senior season.
You have to look beyond his 25 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns. He’s doing all the little things like blocking in space and showing a competitive fire. And then when he gets a chance to show off that speed, look out.
No doubt he would have loved to have had a better senior season but injuries to teammates have kept that from happening. As long as he stays healthy, OU fans should be happy to welcome Humphrey to the family.