Humphrey Preparing for OU Career

Today Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with incoming four-star defensive tackle, Eric Humphrey of Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas who will be reporting to Norman in early June.

Towards the end of the 2010 recruiting class the Sooners had three defensive tackles committed and looked to be done at the position. That was until about three months before NSD when video of Humphrey began to make its way around the country.

Eric Humphrey went from an unknown prospect to being talked about as one of the best defensive tackle prospects in the country in a matter of days.

After picking up numerous offers from the likes of Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Baylor and more the Sooners went all in with an official offer. Soon after Humphrey committed and signed his letter of intent one month later to play for the crimson and cream.

Since NSD Humphrey's says he has just been preparing for Norman.

"I've just been preparing for it and working out," Humphrey said. "I'm also in track. I do the shot put and the discus. I don't run in the meets but I run with the track team just to stay in shape."

Humphrey, who currently stands at 6-foot-3.5, 282-pounds, running a 4.9 forty talked about what it was like signing his letter of intent to play with the Sooners.

"It was kind of surreal," Humphrey began. "I didn't expect to be going to Oklahoma but I'm glad it happened. So we are just looking forward to getting up there and making an impact as a freshman."

Like always when it comes to signing game changing defensive tackles the thanks should go to OU legend and DT coach Jackie Shipp.

"We are good," Humphrey stated about his relationship with Coach Shipp. "I talk to him every now and then. I've been pretty busy with track and stuff so I haven't really been able to talk to him that much. But we still talk you know and he is a good person and a good coach."

When asked what were the deciding factors in his decision Humphrey explained it in one quick answer.

"Just the tradition and their work hard and they like to win."

Parish Episcopal not only had Humphrey on defense but they also featured 2011 Top 100 linebacker prospect Rob Hankins. Humphrey talked about his overall thoughts on Hankins as a linebacker.

"He is definitely explosive. He is always moving fast and he works hard. He is a great player. Our school, they train us to be D-1 players," Humphrey said.

Rumor has it that Hankins has supposedly said that he would like to continue playing behind Humphrey at the next level if he could.

"I can't speak for him," Humphrey answered. "The way it sounds it could be a possibility."

With spring practice underway Humphrey is planning on making it up to some practices and the Red/White game.

"I'm going to hopefully come up to a couple of the spring practices and then I'll be coming up to the Red & White game."

With June right around the corner along with the famous "Schmitty" summer workouts, Humphrey says he has been doing extra work to get ready.

"My coach told me that they won't give us the real workouts because they are worried it could kill us," Humphrey said.

"So, I have been doing some extra work with my position coach."

When fall practice starts this August, Humphrey will not only be trying to make an impact as a true freshman but will also be working to replace All-American and possible #1 draft pick Gerald McCoy.

"I think they are right," Humphrey answered about McCoy possibly going number one.

"He is a hard worker. When I went up there he was actually my host. It was real cool. He is a good person. He definitely deserves everything he is getting."

As a senior Humphrey racked up 77-tackles and 16-sacks on the year.

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