Breaking: Norman not boring. 2013 West Mesquite WR Elgidge Massington and his two teammates, S Kameron Miles and CB Will Earley, all made the trip up to Norman over the weekend for the Sooner Junior Day. The 6-3, 200-pound Massington didn't receive an offer for his efforts, but appears to be one of the top Texas targets, as he joins Dallas Jesuit's Jake Oliver and Dallas Skyline's Ra'Shaad Samples as the only player in the state to receive invitations to a Texas Junior Day this month.
Other than the lack of an offer for Massington, it sounds like the Mario Edwards effect may have significantly lowered Massington's expectation, as the big receiver said he expected Norman to be "boring," but ended up saying that the visit overall left him "impressed."
Teammate Kameron Miles echoed the sentiments of his teammate ($) to ESPN:
When I got there, I wasn't expecting it to be the way it was. I was thinking that there's nothing to do in Oklahoma and that it probably was going to be boring. When I got there, it was the exact opposite.
Well, how about that?
Leslie asleep at the wheel. Besides the shocking news that Norman can be impressive (sarcasm), the most newsworthy element of Massington's conversation with Sooner Scoop was the fact that LSU and Les Miles were late getting in on the West Mesquite trio (or at least Miles and Massington, the mostly highly considered of the three), apparently because the Tiger coaching staff didn't get film until late, which appears to have delayed evaluation and therefore the ability to extent early Junior Day invitations.
All this except that Massington had all of this clips on Hudl weeks ago and Miles has had film out in multiple places for a similar, if not longer. Now, it's understandable if Leslie has some qualms about offering a kid just based on his highlights, but they're certainly enough to extend a kid a J-Day invite and it appears that the staff simply wasn't able to find publicly available film. Think about that for a second.
Either that or the staff was flat-out lying for no apparent reason.
Then add in the fact that the Tigers possibly could have secured a commitment from Ishmael Wilson this weekend, but had a similar problem finding an opportunity to view film ($) of one of the best offensive linemen in the state who loves your school and the situation then starts to become pretty laughable. Internet skillz on the LSU staff? Lacking.
What the heck has the Tiger staff been doing for basically the last month after laying an egg with their offensive gameplan against Alabama? Is Lester asleep at the wheel? Spending all his time composing hate letters to Gunner Kiel? Doesn't that explanation sound more rational than it should?
Add in the statement from Texas signee Torshiro Davis about player unhappiness in Baton Rouge influencing his decision to flip his commitment on National Signing Day and now things really start to seem wrong.
Something stinks in Tiger country.
RS-J talking wide receiver now. Sealy athlete Ricky Seals-Jones does it all for his team in high school as a quarterback, receiver, and safety and is one of a handful of tall, rangy athletes who could play on either side of the ball in college.
The best guess is that he'll end up on offense, where he is most easily projectable, but after talk that he would surely grow into a tight end early in the process, the word out of his camp is that he'd like a chance to start out at receiver in college.
If that's what it takes to get RS-J on campus, so be it. Give him the chance to play receiver and then see where his body takes him. An early commitment to Texas doesn't seem quite as likely as it did several weeks ago, but the Longhorns and LSU appear to be the early leaders and don't rule out the possibility that Whitewright QB Tyrone Swoopes and RS-J eventually end up at the same school. If that does happen, Texas is probably that school.
- Dallas Jesuit OL JJ Gustafson was a standout at the Army Junior Combine last month, but hasn't yet been receiving much attention from Texas. On his trip to Norman, he did receive an offer from Oklahoma ($).
- An Adrian Phillips clone, right down to his playmaking ability on both sides of the ball in high school, Mansfield S George Baltimore is a Texas JD2 possibility, but did not receive an offer ($) this weekend from Oklahoma on his trip.
- Still no Junior Day invite from Texas for Plano Prestonwood Christian TE Christian Morgan, who is receiving heavy pursuit from Arkansas and Stanford. It looks like the current preference for the staff is Belton TE Durham Smythe, who recently surfaced on the radar and is a 6-5, 230-pounder who runs better than Morgan, though he doesn't currently possess the same mass that makes Morgan effective at Prestonwood as an in-line blocker and power end on defense. But if RS-J is a receiver, might that not leave room for Morgan, who is a favorite of Texas recruitniks and looks like the type of blocker that Bryan Harsin covets?
- Elysian Fields DT Isaiah Golden likely won't make it to Austin after committing to Texas A&M. Right up there in the conversation with Dallas Kimball DT Justin Manning as the most athletic defensive tackles in the state, Golden looked like a no-brainer offer for the 'Horns. With Manning the younger brother of former OU player DeMarcus Granger, it's probably a good thin for Texas that Bo Davis loaded up on defensive tackles int eh 2013 class.
- Manning did not make it Norman this weekend, apparently because of transportation issues.
- Swoopes did make the trip, but there weren't any updates about it on Monday morning.
- If you missed the news on Friday, Maulerson is now officially the "Bell Cow" for the 2013 class and even posted the video of his commitment phone call to Mack Brown. The Texas head coach promised Raulerson during the call that if he gets hurt in the next several years, he will still have a scholarship at Texas and be able to work as a student coach. Furthermore, Brown also said that Bill Powers would send Raulerson a letter guaranteeing a scholarship for the Celina product if for some reason Brown couldn't be his coach at Texas. Just a little insight into why Brown is so good at what he does.