Day 1 of Oklahoma’s two-day on-campus camp is in the books, and some of the biggest news had nothing to do with the ones putting the pads on in front of the OU coaches and players.
With that in mind, here were some of the biggest stories from day 1 of the camp, not involving actual camp performances.
Top recruits make appearance
Saturday was probably known more for the names who weren’t participating than anything else. But there’s a pretty good reason for that.
Among the names in town were OKC John Marshall defensive back commit Justin Broiles, Shawnee (Okla.) High center offer Creed Humphrey, 2018 Moore (Okla.) Southmoore quarterback offer Casey Thompson, among others.
Broiles spent the first part of the morning session with the defensive backs, and it’s readily apparent he has already started building the bond with the defensive backs on campus.
Thompson wasn’t around too often, but he did spend a little time with offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. Nobody was expecting Thompson to participate, but it’s never a bad thing for someone of his caliber to keep coming around to Norman.
The one to watch, though, is going to be Humphrey. And it might be sooner than later. Humphrey was back in Norman with his father and watched offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh go to work before spending even more time with Bedenbaugh during the break.
Humphrey has said repeatedly he wants to decide this month. For what it’s worth, Humphrey and his father were decked out in all-OU apparel.
The frontrunners seem to be OU and Texas A&M. Now the Aggies have a major event next Saturday so it will be intriguing to see if Humphrey decides before then or takes another trip to College Station.
And then there was the Houston contingent. 2018 Houston Spring Westfield defensive tackle Keondre Coburn did indeed make the trip and watched his younger brother camp at receiver.
Another Houston product, 2018 Bellaire Episcopal wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, was offered by OU during the visit.
And of course, the big dog is coming. Houston Bellaire Episcopal five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson announced during the camp itself via Twitter he was on his way to Norman.
Mayfield all smiles
It was a pretty good day to be Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield. It started with basically like every teammate and coach congratulating him for things working in his favor with the Big 12 to make him eligible to play at OU in the 2017 season.
The last couple of years have seen OU players help out as coaches, but you might have thought Mayfield was too big of a man on campus for that. He wasn’t. Mayfield seemed to genuinely be having a great time with the quarterbacks and receivers.
Whether it was helping Lincoln Riley with drills or actually being the lead coach at some of the drills himself, Mayfield showed why he’s so respected among the OU community.
You can’t single out Mayfield, though, as almost all OU players who are back in town were helping. That included one Samaje Perine, who looked healthy as could be following surgery in the spring.
Quick changing sides?
There has been a rumor now for a while about junior Michiah Quick switching from receiver to defensive back. That rumor was given a lot more credibility Saturday with Quick working solely with defensive backs.
Quick joked around with 2017 commit Justin Broiles by saying he can play all positions, but Quick was definitely focused with the defensive back drills.
As Quick could be making the jump to defense, Dwayne Orso-Bacchus seems entrenched on offense now. Initially a defensive lineman, Orso-Bacchus was with the offensive linemen the entire day.