Big 12 football notebook: Oklahoma loses another commitment

by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: April 22, 2014

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week, Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko-Alali, the Sooners‘ first commitment for the 2015 class, announced he had withdrawn his commitment as well.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.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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