His junior season was going to be nothing but one big adjustment after another, but it should help down the road for Cedar Hill (Texas) wide receiver Charleston Rambo.
Rambo, a Scout 300 prospect for the 2017 class, transferred to Cedar Hill in the summer and went from being the top dog at one school to just another talented Longhorn recruit at Cedar Hill.
“I knew there would be a lot of competition at Cedar Hill,” Rambo said. “I’m not afraid of that, though.”
Rambo wasn’t used to not being targeted as much with a team full of top recruits. He finished with his junior season with 22 catches for 434 yards and five touchdowns.
He could live with the individual numbers if the team had done more. Cedar Hill, the two-time defending state championship, was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by Southlake Carroll.
Doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good season for Rambo, but it has left him hungry for more and eager to improve even more this offseason.
“The biggest strides I made this year were with my route running,” Rambo said. “I became more of a leader, too, and I know that’s something I’m going to have to do even more in the future.”
Rambo was offered by OU in the summer following a great performance at a satellite camp. Since that offer, it has felt like the Sooners have been sitting pretty. Following an unofficial visit for TCU weekend, that can still be said.
Rambo was a little disappointed because he didn’t arrive until midway in the first quarter so he didn’t get any quality one-on-one time with the coaches or players. But he liked what he saw.
“The atmosphere was pretty crazy,” Rambo said. “It was really crowded there, too. I had a lot of fun on that visit.”
He said running backs coach Jay Boulware and outside wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons have been the ones talking to him the most. When asked what is setting them apart from other coaches, Rambo was at a loss, simply mentioning “they’re real cool” and easy to get along with.
The goal for Rambo this offseason is to get bigger, which has been an issue for him in the past. He said he’s 6-foot-2 and 168 pounds. He wants to put on a lot more weight, but he knows it will be a challenge because of his high metabolism.
As for OU, nothing more the Sooners can do at this point.
“Right now? They’re probably at the top of my list,” Rambo said.
He said he intends to visit other schools with Duke and Notre Dame both being mentioned. He hasn’t had a lot of opportunities to watch the Sooners, but he’s noticed the passing game taking off and noticed the good play-calling of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
In the end, he believes it will be the relationship he has with the coaches that will end up making the difference. If that is indeed the case, the Sooners are off to a great start.