DeBerry, Haughton crucial for Sooners

Talking most important recruits for OU this cycle, and you're talking Dec. 19

It has been harped about repeatedly ever since it happened, but there’s really no way to fully explain what Dec. 19 meant to OU’s 2015 recruiting class.

The Sooners were less than two weeks removed from a huge collapse against Bedlam rival Oklahoma State where OU blew a 14-point lead with five minutes left and lost in overtime.

There was nothing at all to suggest OU had any momentum on the recruiting trail, but there was one big fish that was ready to make a decision.

Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee five-star linebacker Ricky DeBerry had let the world know he was going to announce Dec. 19, and all OU fans could do was hope he was going to pick the Sooners.

OU’s then-defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery had put in all the work in the world to try to steal DeBerry from the east coast, but there really was no way of knowing.

When DeBerry chose OU at a ceremony at his school, the positive reaction was overflowing in Norman, on Twitter and everywhere else.

DeBerry remains OU’s only five-star commit at this time, and there’s no doubt the work Montgomery did with DeBerry helped earn him a promotion to co-defensive coordinator three weeks ago.

DeBerry is somebody who can play inside or outside, but his goal is to be the next Eric Striker at OU. He wants to come off the edge and make things happen. There’s little doubt that he won’t be able to do that, but DeBerry is even bigger than Striker.

Just a few hours, the second “boom” of the day was heard from Waco, Texas, when Waco Midway four-star safety Kahlil Haughton chose OU.

This was a huge recruiting win for the Sooners, being able to take Haughton from Baylor’s backyard when everything suggested he should have been a Bear.

Give a lot of credit to OU coach Bob Stoops for this one as he did a masterful job of convincing Haughton that OU was the place for him.

Haughton snuck into the final Scout 300 at No. 297 but for anybody who has watched him play or looked at his film will tell you, that is too low. Haughton is a complete safety and exactly what OU needs at the position going forward.

He didn’t receive the hoopla that some of the guys received for OU’s class but don’t be surprise if Haughton ends up being a real gem for OU down the road when talking about the 2015 class.


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