Three to flip to/from OU?

It's that time of year where flipping commitments is the rule and not the exception. Here's who you should watch for OU.

It’s that time of year where switching commitments because just as common as making a commitment in recruiting.

Oklahoma is no stranger to that scenario and has been on the end of both spectrums. This year is shaping up to be the same way.

Three to flip to OU

Omaha (Neb.) Central DL DaiShon Neal

If this was 48 hours ago, the automatic inclusion would have been Scout 100 wide receiver Van Jefferson. But with him already decommitted from Georgia, it’s Neal who takes the spot. OU did everything right with Neal during his visit but will have to wait out the process. Nebraska and Oregon are also in the hunt for Neal, who remains committed at least in name to the Huskers. The Sooners are going to turn up the pressure with multiple in-home visits in the next week, and OU is looking like it is in a very good spot right now.

Houston Cypress Falls DL Du’Vonta Lampkin

Lampkin was originally an OU commit before decommitting in the spring and eventually committing to Texas. That didn’t stop him from taking an official visit to OU for Bedlam weekend and leaving subtle hints about something big happening soon. Lampkin is by far one of the toughest reads of any recruit in believing what he is saying compared to what he is doing. OU co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery has made a big impact with Lampkin, and it could be enough to lead to one more flipping of his commitment.

Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland LB Josh Smith

A bevy of top schools have flocked to Smith in the last month, but it was OU who did it first. The Scout 300 prospect remains committed to Vanderbilt and had a great trip to the school last week. Add that with the fact his brother plays there, and it’s so hard to envision Smith not being a Commodore. But OU has thrown its hat into the ring and has made a strong impression. It gets a chance to do whatever it possibly can this weekend when Smith comes to town. As of now, he’s the lone official visitor scheduled.

Three to flip from OU

Jenks (Okla.) DT Marquise Overton

Victim of circumstance. OU doesn’t want to drop Overton. Overton doesn’t want to drop OU, but he does have some legitimate academic concerns that might force the Sooners to look elsewhere. Overton is determined he can get things done and qualify, but there’s no way of knowing for sure how things will pan out at this point.

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson CB P.J. Mbanasor

If this was late-November, Mbanasor would have been No. 1. As is, it doesn’t look like OU has anything at all to worry about. The Sooners turned up the pressure on Mbanasor when other top schools started to creep in and have locked him down once again. Ranked No. 103 in the Scout 300, Mbanasor is a key part to OU’s class, and the coaches recognized that and fixed all lingering issues in the last six weeks.


It sounds arrogant to say, but none of the 20 commits feel like legit shots of wanting to seek another commitment right now. Six of them are already on campus and the other 14 keep saying all the right things, while the OU coaches keep showing them enough love during this period. OU has had quite a few decommitments for this class, but it’s tough to envision it happening down the stretch.

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