For the second time in a week, Oklahoma lost a football commitment.
Three-star defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin of Cyprus Falls, Texas, tweeted Tuesday night that he was reopening his recruitment.
“This is an hard decision but theres (sic) not a reason that OU still isn’t my number 1,” Lampkin tweeted. “We feel taking the visits is the best thing for me so thats what I’m going to do!”
Last week, Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko-Alali, the Sooners‘ first commitment for the 2015 class, announced he had withdrawn his commitment as well.
Lampkin had been committed to the Sooners since late November.
His change of heart leaves the Sooners with just three commitments — offensive linemen Bobby Evans, cornerback Jamie Johnson and defensive tackle Marquise Overton.
GUNDY: PLAYOFF WILL EVENTUALLY EXPAND
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe much will change as far as the philosophy of running a program with the new four-team playoff beginning this year.
“I think now with four teams in, it’s going to make it more exciting,” Gundy said. “I’ve said this time and time again, I think the stock market in college football has gone through the roof. The coverage, the publicity, just from all you guys now that are talking college football 24/7, 365 not only on the radio but on television.”
That interest will lead to expansion, Gundy said.
“The four-team is going to draw more interest and I think eventually it will go to an eight-team playoff because of the benefits and the revenue that will come from the television and that market that’s out there for college football.”
STOOPS LOOKING FOR CASE’S REPLACEMENT
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops addressed the loss of Reed Case, who had been with the program since 2011 and was the team’s first director of player personnel.
Case left the Sooners to become Texas’ on-campus recruiting coordinator.
Asked what he’s looking for in Case’s replacement, Stoops said, “Mostly where Reed was, a guy that is personable and can organize recruiting. Really, not a guy that’s looking to be on the field because he’s not allowed to be on the field.
“Most of all a guy that administrates recruiting, someone that understands recruiting, can host people when they are here, can direct our coaches and organize and help Coach (Cale) Gundy, who is our recruiting coordinator, and organize where everyone is at and keep up with it all.”
MANGINO MAKING IMPACT AT ISU
Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator and Kansas head coach Mark Mangino is quickly making progress in his first spring as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator.
“Change in itself sometimes creates energy. Right, wrong or indifferent sometimes it does,” Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads said. “I think it’s created energy with our guys. I think they have a real excitement about the offense. Mark makes no hiding the fact that ball distribution is important to this offense, and we’ve done that, so we’ve had a lot of peope get a lot of touches. The more people you have involved, the more excitement and energy you get out of practices and preparation.
“I think our offensive line is vastly improved because of experience that they’ve had and the coaching that they’re getting. I think the rest of the offense sees that and responds to it.”
Rhoads said there was no concern bringing Mangino onto his staff after the way Mangino’s time at Kansas ended.
“We talked about it and more importantly I talked to a lot of other people that were around the program and around those issues,” Rhoads said. “I had no concern about him. … Mark’s been nothing but an exceptional staff man.”
BRILES RESPONDS TO UT’S EDMOND
After Texas’ spring game Saturday, Longhorns linebacker Steve Edmond had harsh words for Baylor.
“I really don’t like Baylor,” Edmond said. “I still think they’re trash.”
Edmond said the Bears’ celebration after beating Texas was over the top. The win over Texas in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium gave the Bears the Big 12 title.
Tuesday, Bears coach Art Briles was asked about Edmond’s comments, first saying he was unaware of the comments.
“Well that’s all right,” Briles said when told of Edmond’s words. “Shoot, everybody’s entitled to their opinion. I’m not going to spend a lot of time being protective of somebody’s comments about our program when they don’t understand it.”
Texas coach Charlie Strong said Edmonds “has to be smarter than that.”
SOONERS OFFER 2015 KICKER
Oklahoma special teams coordinator Jay Boulware offered class of 2015 kicker Austin Seibert a scholarship on Tuesday, the Belleville, Ill., prospect tweeted.
It is Seibert’s eighth scholarship offer, and Oklahoma’s first to a special teams player in the 2015 recruiting class.
Boulware will need to find replacements for both kicker Michael Hunnicutt and punter Jed Barnett, both of whom will be seniors in 2014.
Hunnicutt has converted 86.1 percent of his career field-goal attempts and was a semifinalist for last year’s Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation’s top kicker each year.
The Sooners’ backup kicker, Nick Hodgson, did well as a kickoff specialist last season, but he’ll also be a senior in 2015.
Barnett, who transferred to OU from a California junior college last spring, made significant improvement throughout his first season in Norman. He pinned Oklahoma State at its own 1-yard line twice in the Sooners’ 33-24 Bedlam upset victory.
ALABAMA TRANSFER CHOOSES OHIO STATE
Oklahoma lost out on Alabama transfer offensive lineman Chad Lindsay, who texted confirmation to CBSSports.com that he will sign with Ohio State.
“It’s done. Go Buckeyes!” Lindsay texted to the website’s Jeremy Fowler.
Lindsay (6-foot-2, 302 pounds) started four games last season for the Crimson Tide, but didn’t play in Alabama’s 45-31 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. Lindsay has already graduated, so he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Buckeyes.
Lindsay, from The Woodlands, Texas, visited Ohio State, Cal, OU, Louisville and Michigan after deciding to transfer.
Out of high school, Lindsay chose Alabama over offers from OU, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame and Nebraska, among others.