With the way Oklahoma throws the ball, there’s no doubt the eyes open for some of the best wide receivers in the nation.
Saw it for the Sooners in the close to the 2016 class, adding four-star receivers Zach Farrar and Mykel Jones on the final weekend.
And we’re seeing it early for the 2017 class. OU already has the commit of one Scout 300 wide receiver in Richmond (Texas) Foster’s CeeDee Lamb.
However, the Sooners won’t stop there. One name to watch, strangely enough, is Ann Arbor (Mich.) Skyline wide receiver Hunter Rison.
Yes, that Rison, the son of former NFL Pro Bowl receiver Andre Rison. His father went to Michigan State, and Hunter was committed to the Spartans once upon a time before decommitting last fall. He’s wide open now.
Rison, ranked No. 241 in the Scout 300, said he made his decision too soon. He posted a top nine earlier this week, and OU was ranked No. 1 although he said there was no particular order.
There is no past connection to OU, but one is quickly forming. It actually all started with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks when Cooks was recruiting other prospects in the area. He reached out to Rison to gauge his interest and things have taken off from there.
Rison has now gotten to know the usual suspects of Lincoln Riley, Cale Gundy and Dennis Simmons and is set to visit Norman from April 5-7. He wanted to stay for the spring game (April 9), but he said he has the ACT on that day so he can’t.
Rison’s other connection to OU is one that hasn’t quite arrived to Norman just yet. Running back Abdul Adams was committed to the Spartans at the same time Rison was and the two developed a nice bond. Adams has been in the ear of Rison ever since, and it has made a positive effect so far.
He said his father isn’t trying to force him to go to one school or the other, simply saying to make the best possible choice for himself. Andre won’t be making the trip to Norman. Instead, Rison said his mother will be along for the ride.
Rison didn’t flat out say he would commit on the visit, but he didn’t deny it, either, chuckling while discussing the topic. He said he’s excited about what OU has done so far for the 2017 class and believes something special is being created.
No other visits are planned as of now, said Rison, so OU has to be feeling pretty good about the possibility of adding another Scout 300 prospect to the 2017 squad.
A lot can change in a few weeks, but as long as Rison gets to Norman, sure feels like OU is sitting pretty.