Humphrey Working Behind the Scenes

Recruiting coverage at Sooner Illustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with defensive tackle Eric Humphrey from Dallas Parish Episcopal High School. He has a few visits lined up.

Things have really picked up for Dallas (TX) Parish Episcopal defensive tackle Eric Humphrey over the past couple of months. Now with the final weeks ahead before national signing day, Humphrey is starting to get down to serous business when it comes to his final decision.

"Right now I am comparing a lot of schools. I have been taking time to talk things over with my coach and my parents," Humphrey said. "I know that I am going to be making my decision in a couple of weeks and want to make sure and look at all my options."

And while that is what he intends to do, he will likely not be able to make visits to all the programs that have offered. But the 6-foot-3, 273-pound Humphrey has already made a couple of stops along the way. 

Unofficially, he has visited TCU and for official, Oklahoma and Texas Tech have seen him on campus. He mentioned that Baylor is a team that he also plans to visit, but is booked the other three trips as well for his out-of-state interest.

"This weekend I will be in Arkansas. Then on January 16 I will be at Wake Forest and on the 22 of January, I'll be at USC," Humphrey said. 

With the two visits that he has already taken to the Big 12 South programs, Humphrey said that both have impressive strength and conditioning programs, which is something that is a big plus for him. Of course, and though he has not and likely won't make one, the TCU program also had some key things going as well.

"TCU is a great program and I like that the program has the No. 1 defense in the country," Humphrey said. "My family can come see me play there anytime because the school is close to home. Coach (Gary) Patterson is a great coach and a good person."

The Red Raider program is also one of consideration for Humphrey's services. And even with the recent events with the coaching change, they are still in the mix.

"I'm not sure right now if the fact that coach (Mike) Leach is gone if that will effect my decision," Humphrey said. "If coach Ruffin McNeill stays, that would be good. I also heard that coach Art Briles may be considered and he is recruiting me at Baylor. It's all really confusing for me so we'll just have to see what happens."

On December 11, Humphrey made his second official visit, going to Norman, Oklahoma to take in the Sooner program. 

"With Oklahoma, I really like the way those guys play defense. They are aggressive and get the ball fast," Humphrey said. "That is the kind of defense I want to play one."

For Humphrey, Oklahoma assistant coach Jackie Shipp is recruiting him for one of the defensive line positions. 

"He (Shipp) is a great person and coach. He and I spoke and he knows what I am looking to do when I get to college," Humphrey said. "I want to start, or at least get playing time my freshman year. Coach Shipp told me that he has no problem putting me out there to play and see what I have. He let me know that I could get that chance."

Humphrey said that he looks to have the process wrapped up by January 25 at the latest. If he is ready, he may choose sooner. He finished his senior season with 77 tackles and 16 sacks.

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