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Oklahoma football: Sooners' wide receiver group is full of young talent

by Jason Kersey Published: July 15, 2014

— Oklahoma currently has no wide receivers committed for its recruiting class of 2015, which seems strange considering the Sooners’ recent success in scoring early wideout commitments.

In each of the past three recruiting classes, the Sooners had at least two receivers committed by this point. Last year, Dallis Todd and Jeffery Mead committed in April and June, respectively.

Jay Norvell’s success on the recruiting trail the last three years has filled the position group with young talent, meaning it’s not an immediate need with this year’s class.

Oklahoma offered 27 scholarships to wide receivers in the 2013 recruiting class, and offered 16 receivers the next year. So far in the 2015 class, the Sooners have only extended offers to 12 wideouts. The fact that Oklahoma isn’t offering as many wideouts this year, though, doesn’t mean Bob Stoops’ staff isn’t actively pursuing some — especially a pair of receivers from Texas.

“Coach Stoops is really taking time out of his day to recruit me, and he’s actually one of the coaches spearheading my recruiting,” said Ryan Newsome, a 5-foot-9 slot receiver from Aledo, Texas. “He talks to me frequently, and he makes sure I’m aware that I’m on their mind 24/7 and that I’m a top target for Oklahoma.”

Newsome and three-star prospect John Humphrey — a former Baylor commitment from Clear Falls High in League City, Texas — appear to be Norvell’s top two receiver targets for 2015.

Humphrey (6-foot, 160 pounds) originally committed to Baylor in April, but decommitted last month. The Bears wanted him to play defensive back, but he said he prefers offense.

“I can play DB, but that’s not where my heart was,” Humphrey said. “I have a passion for playing offense. I love making plays, scoring touchdowns.”

Humphrey said he plans to commit before his senior season begins, while Newsome appears content to let the process play out over the next several months. He’s scheduled official visits to his top five schools — Notre Dame (Sept. 5), UCLA (Oct. 10), Texas (Oct. 17), Oregon (Oct. 31) and Oklahoma (Nov. 7).

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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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