Who says you can’t go home again? Richmond (Texas) Foster wide receiver CeeDee Lamb did just that when he announced his re-commitment to Oklahoma on Monday evening.
Lamb is the lowest-ranked of OU’s three wide receiver commits right now, but his impact really goes beyond rankings.
When Sooners Illustrated got the opportunity to see Lamb in person at The Opening regional in Houston, he was electric. He was definitely one of the best receivers there until he started to cramp late in the afternoon. His explosive athletic ability was readily apparent for all to see.
And more telling was the relationship he was building with fellow OU commit, quarterback Chris Robison. The two were on-point all afternoon and gave a glimpse as to why OU fans should be so excited.
Lamb is No. 271 in the Scout 300, but he has been on OU’s radar for a long time as wide receivers coach Dennis Simmons noticed Lamb very early in this process.
There’s no question Lamb committed a smidge too early when announcing back in December. And that’s fine, live and learn.
So, too, did OU. Instead of turning their backs on Lamb when decommitted in the spring, the Sooners coaches never lost contact. There were no irate phone calls or messages. They understood Lamb needed more time, and he was given just that.
This was a case where both sides handled everything the correct way. Decommitments can be tough because sometimes it’s the recruit leaving, others it’s the school ‘pushing’ you out the door. But with Lamb and OU, all was well that ends well.
OU is now loaded at receiver once again. Three in the Scout 300 from the state of Texas with Lamb, Cedar Hill (Texas) High’s Charleston Rambo and Waxahachie (Texas) High’s Jalen Reagor.
Add in Scout 300 tight end Grant Calcaterra and H-Back in the making Jeremiah Hall, and OU is sitting pretty at wide receiver and tight end.
To put that in perspective, remember OU only had one receiver commit until the final weekend before signing day. And that one, Adrian Hardy, isn’t even at the school anymore. OU ‘lucked’ into Zach Farrar and Mykel Jones, and that momentum has continued greatly into the 2017 class.
A class that isn’t quite finished just yet. Although with Lamb in the fold again, the grand scope is pretty simple. OU can go all-in with Los Angeles Hawkins receiver Joseph Lewis and Lancaster (Texas) High receiver Omar Manning and be content with any result.
One of them? Fantastic. None of them? That’s OK, too.
Lewis has already set up an official visit for Norman when Baylor comes to town, and he’s simply one of those guys you take no matter how full you think your class is.
Same goes with Manning. The top-ranked receiver in Texas, Manning has been a major target for OU at receiver. Nothing will change with Lamb back in the mix.
Simmons can put his energy into maintaining the bonds with the current group to go with a tunnel vision with Manning and Lewis. Ideal scenario when you’re only talking heading into August.
By building such a great early class, it allowed the Sooners to adjust to when a hit was taken. There was no panic. There were no hard feelings. And sounds like everything worked out the way everybody wanted it to in the end.