Those who follow Oklahoma high school recruiting knew how special the 2017 class was going to be within the state.
The name Creed Humphrey, from Shawnee, Okla., was a very familiar one at this time last year. But nobody had any idea he would go to the places he has gone in the last couple of months.
Offered by OU? Check.
Invited to The Opening? Check.
In the Scout 300? Check.
Humphrey was seen as a good interior offensive lineman prospect last summer, but going from 6-foot-3 last year to 6-foot-5 and improving his conditioning has now made him one of the most sought after recruits in the region.
“It has been pretty crazy,” Humphrey said. “I’ve always dreamed about playing college football at a great school so this is pretty awesome with all the offers.”
Humphrey didn’t exactly explode onto the scene because he was one to watch. But when his junior film and his camp performances were viewed, it became a game of who was going to be next to offer him.
Texas and Texas A&M were the major offers that turned a lot of heads, and then OU and Alabama came into the picture. Oklahoma State joined the hunt last week.
From the outside, it has always appeared like OU and Humphrey were not on the same page. Humphrey camped at OU last summer, and then it seemed like things sort of fizzled out.
Humphrey explained exactly when things changed with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh.
“We’ve had a great relationship the whole time during my recruitment,” Humphrey said. “We’ve kept in touch almost daily. We were talking in January a lot more than we had been and when things started to happen this spring, they offered.”
Humphrey was on an unofficial visit to Norman just days after OU’s spring game and just days after an impressive performance at The Opening regional in New Orleans. A performance so stellar that Humphrey earned an invite to The Opening finals earlier this month.
“It’s a huge blessing,” Humphrey said. “From the start of this recruiting process, it has been one of my main goals for the summer.”
And it’s going to be a busy summer for Humphrey. He said he wants to make his decision sometime in June but added he still wants to take some more visits.
Ever since the OU offer, it has felt like the Sooners have been in the driver’s seat. There’s a lot working in OU’s favor. Humphrey and his family have always been OU fans, and he has been attending games in Norman long before any of this recruiting stuff started to happen.
Then there’s the case of SoonerSquad17. Ranked No. 2 in the Scout rankings for the 2017 class, Humphrey said OU commits Levi Draper, Justin Broiles and Trey Sermon have been reaching out to him to encourage him to join the group.
“I’m still setting up a summer schedule,” Humphrey said. “I’ll probably go to OU and hang out with the coaches and go to a couple of other camps to schools I’ve been offered by. I think I can get all the visits done. I want to be able to focus on my senior season.”
And OU is letting him know how big of a priority he is. Shawnee didn’t start spring practice last Monday like most schools. Instead, it was Wednesday and there was Bedenbaugh to go along with Texas in terms of the first schools there to watch Humphrey.
Recruiting has been nice, but now it’s back to doing what Humphrey loves best.
“Putting the pads on and hitting people again – it feels good,” Humphrey said. “My conditioning is better. I’m moving around a lot better and know the game more. I’m excited.”