OU commit in focus: Ryan Parker

OU nabbed its fourth commitment for the 2016 class with junior college WR Ryan Parker.

There’s no doubt Tyler (Texas) Junior College wide receiver Ryan Parker is excited about committing to Oklahoma. It was clear in talking to him Sunday night that was the case.

Bringing up the name Lincoln Riley, however, and it was a different sort of excitement. Parker said repeatedly how pumped he is to be working in an offense like the one Riley will be bringing to Norman this season.

Obviously Parker won’t get that chance yet as he’s a 2016 commit, but the Riley effect continue to net positive results for the Sooners.

Riley took over as OU’s offensive coordinator in January. Since that time, OU has landed two signees for the 2015 class (Dahu Green, A.D. Miller) and two commits for the 2016 class (Adrian Hardy, Parker).

There is still some skepticism regarding Hardy, and there was as well at Parker, at least on first glance. But as more information becomes known and more research is done, OU is looking like it was just ahead of the curve with Parker.

He’s a legit 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, and he’s someone inside receivers coach Cale Gundy has had his eyes on back to when Parker was a high school prospect at Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge for the 2014 class.

Back then, Parker was playing his first real year of high school football after being regarded as a basketball player throughout much of high school. TCU took a chance on Parker, knowing it might not work out academically. It didn’t, and Parker has to go through the juco route, but the talent is there.

And now the understanding is coming along, too. On the field, in the classroom, Parker said he is in a much better spot now than he was as that prospect coming out of high school.

Parker is an explosive talent and will still have a redshirt year remaining when he arrives at OU although his plan is to hopefully not use it.

It has appeared like OU would only take two receivers for this class, but you have to think the Sooners won’t close the door on elite prospects.

Scout 300 prospects like Dallas First Baptist Academy’s Camron Williams, Navasota (Texas) High’s Tren’Davian Dickson and Sachse (Texas) High’s Devin Duvernay. Perhaps the pursuit dies down in terms of new names, but OU would be foolish to turn down any of the elite aforementioned names.

The Sooners only have four commits right now for the 2016 class. If one thing is clear, however, is Riley is setting up his foundation. With Hardy and Parker and Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson quarterback Austin Kendall already in the fold, Riley and Gundy are certainly making their imprints.


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