With spring football in the books for Oklahoma, you knew you were bound to see some attrition, and it began Wednesday afternoon.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver John Humphrey announced via Twitter that he is going to transfer from the Sooners.
Humphrey was a three-star recruit ranked the No. 83 wide receiver in the nation by Scout for the 2015 class. In the end, he chose OU over Notre Dame and was a mid-year enrollee last spring.
Many questioned his size, but after arriving at OU, Humphrey put on some solid weight and looked to be someone to watch in the future and definitely someone loved by his teammates.
However, Humphrey didn’t have a catch during the spring game and was rarely mentioned by the OU coaches and players as somebody to watch going forward throughout spring practices.
The loss, on paper, doesn’t seem to be a big one, but there was indeed a lot of potential in Humphrey. Known for his speed, Humphrey was going to be giving a different dynamic to what OU had seen at the position in recent years.
With the emergence of Jarvis Baxter last season from walk-on to starter and the continuing maturation of Michiah Quick, it might have been something as easy as a numbers game for Humphrey and trying to figure out where he would fit in.
The Sooners will be bringing in four-star receiver Mykel Jones as a slot receiver from the 2016 class, and OU has seemingly hit a home run with Scout 300 receiver Jalen Reagor as the slot receiver for the loaded 2017 class.
Humphrey was also known for his track prowess, and it’s possible he might want to explore that more in a full-time role as well.
In speaking to Sooners Illustrated at Orange Bowl media day, Humphrey said he was excited about his future as a Sooner and honored to be named Offensive Scout Player of the Year. His most notable contribution was playing the role of Corey Coleman in preparation for OU’s major win at Baylor.
If Humphrey sticks to the FBS level, he will have to sit out this season and would have three years of eligibility remaining,