OU Enters the Mix for Receiver

A day after the news broke that Eric Ward blew off his verbal commitment with Oklahoma to enroll at Texas Tech the Sooners have entered the mix for four-star wide receiver Chad Bumphis.

Arguably the most explosive player left on the board in the state of Mississippi is Tupelo's Chad Bumphis. Chad has racked up numerous honors and awards throughout the season and he closed out his prep career in the Annual Offense/Defense game in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Bumphis reports he is close to a decision, but a new school entered the mix earlier today.

Chad Bumphis profile

"I was in the gym today and the wide receivers coach from Oklahoma (Jay Norvell) called me and offered me," said Bumphis. "They had been sending letters, but I had never talked to them before. They had called the school before, but they had never called me. They want me to come up on the 23rd, but I don't know yet."

While Bumphis contemplates taking an additional visit or two, he is still soaking in this past weekend's visit to Tuscaloosa.

"Alabama was fun. It was real nice," said Chad. "Star Jackson was my host and he told me a lot about what to expect. We ate and then we went out with the players at night. I had a real good time.

"My mom went with me and she liked it. She said the academics stuff stuck out to her the most. They get a lot of tutors and things like that. They really give their athletes a lot of assistance and things like that to make sure they get their academics."

Chad had recently narrowed the field to two schools, Alabama and Mississippi State. With a visit to all things Tide now in the books, he will head to Starkille this Friday.

"I am going to Mississippi State this weekend," said Bumphis. "I am looking forward to getting to sit down with Coach Mullen again. We had a good talk with him during the in home visit. I think he stole my mama from everybody then. She said he looked her straight in the face and that impressed her. She just really liked him."

One of the things Chad is most looking forward to is the chance to reconnect with many of the state's top players he has met throughout the recruiting process.

"I am going to get to see a lot of my good friends from around the state this weekend," said Bumphis. "Dennis Thames will be there and Fletcher (Cox) and Josh (Boyd). Tyler Russell is going to, so it will be good to see him again."

The trip to Bulldog land is the last scheduled official visit, but Bumphis is considering taking one or two more before making his verbal commitment.

"I might take a couple of more visits, but I am not sure," said the talented wide out. "If I go anywhere it will be Oklahoma and Tennessee, but I am not sure I am going to take anymore. I am still thinking about it.

"I was thinking about deciding after this week, but I will have to see if I want to take any more visits. I might take that visit to Oklahoma, but I just haven't decided."

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories