Multiple sources are confirming to Sooners Illustrated that Tyler (Texas) Junior College wide receiver Ryan Parker will not be signing with OU on Wednesday evening and Parker will not be a mid-year enrollee for the Sooners.
Parker, ranked the No. 1 juco wide receiver and No. 6 overall in the Scout JuCo 100, is still on good terms with OU and the hope remains for him to sign in February on national signing day.
In all of the talks with Parker, he expressed how badly he wanted to be a mid-year enrollee for OU, but it’s clear now that won’t be able to occur as he continues to make sure he's on the right academic track to get to Norman.
Parker has been committed to OU since April and had a great time on his official visit to campus back in September. Because of the departures of guys like Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal, OU is searching for someone who can make an immediate impact like Parker.
It wasn’t all bad news for OU as the school did announce the signing of a couple of junior college offensive linemen. It came early with El Dorado (Kan.) Butler CC’s Ben Powers, announcing before 9 a.m. CST he had signed with OU.
Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna CC’s Ashton Julious, who earned second-team All-America status earlier this week, was announced in the afternoon.
Powers has four years to play three, while Julious is a two-for-two guy.
Receiver continues to be a hotspot for OU recruiting as the Sooners also offered juco receiver Javon Wims on Wednesday afternoon. Wims, ranked No. 3 at wide receiver and No. 11 in the Scout JuCo 100, is committed to Georgia. Like Parker, Wims will not be a mid-year enrollee, either.
This comes off the heels of Saraland (Ala.) High wide receiver Velus Jones, considered to be a pretty safe OU lean heading into the week, delaying his Tuesday afternoon announcement.
Still technically committed to USC, Jones now has not set a date at all for when he’s looking to make his decision now.