Recruiting interest came quickly for OU signee Eric Humphrey

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2010

After three games, Dallas Parish Episcopal high school's leading scorer was... its defensive tackle?

Weird, but true.

Week 1, Eric Humphrey returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown. The following game, he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone. Then in Week 3, Humphrey scooped up another fumble for a score.

Humphrey entered the 2009 season as somewhat of an unknown to college recruiters playing at a small private school.

But it didn't take long for that to change.

"When his highlight reel hit the street," said Episcopal coach Scott Nady, "he had 12 offers in 24 hours."

Among those were Oklahoma and Texas Tech, which became Humphrey's two finalists.

While many Red Raider recruits were turned off by the firing of Mike Leach, Humphrey (6-4, 275) actually became more interested in Texas Tech.

That's because Ruffin McNeill stood a chance to inherit the head-coaching position.

"I really liked him," Humphrey said.

When McNeill was passed over for Tommy Tuberville, Humphrey's decision became much easier.

"Sealed the deal," he said.