Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino will not be making an in-person visit Thursday to the nation’s No. 1 recruit according to the player’s coach.
"A situation occurred," Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest coach John Beckham told CBSSports.com
Beckham said that Petrino and Hillcrest receiver Dorial Green-Beckham "bumped into each other" earlier this month in San Antonio, Texas possibly creating an NCAA recruiting issue. Petrino was in town for the American Football Coaches Association convention. Green-Beckham was there for the U.S. Army All-Star Game.
"When he was at the coaching convention in San Antonio, they bumped into each other," said Beckham who also is Green-Beckham’s foster father. "It just so happened that another school that was recruiting Dorial happened to be there that day."
"I’m going to leave him alone at this point," Neal said. "I don’t think he’s going to OU. I don’t. I’m just being real and saying what I feel, but I think there are too many wide receivers in the class, and it’s something he’s thinking about.
"You can put this [on the record] because it’s just my opinion. I’m going to keep in touch with him no matter what, though. We won’t stop being friends just because he goes to another school."
Durron Neal and DGB struck up a friendship during their recruitment and both playing in the state of Missouri. If (and I stress if so don't freak out on me) Neal is correct, in that DGB is seemingly worried about some competition based on OU's current WR class, then wow.
As obviously talented as DGB is and he's worried about some competition?!? No wonder it's reportedly down to Arkansas and Missouri.
"I’ll do whatever the coaches ask," Neal said. "Offense, defense, special teams, it has never mattered to me. I’ll be the center if it meant I could get some time on the field. I just want to help the team win."
I know it may seem like a little thing, but hearing something like this from a recruit just makes me smile. I absolutely love it when OU signs this kind of kid!
"I would have left had Coach Norvell left," OU commit Durron Neal said. "He was a real key factor in why I chose OU. It feels tremendous to know he is not going anywhere."
"I didn’t want to think about it, but I kept thinking about it the rest of the day until he called. Then I felt comfortable again. No nerves."
"Coach Norvell has always just talked real with me. He gets right to the point," Neal said. "He’s never been about being buddy-buddy. We talk about other things than football."
I know the news today about De'Vante Harris sucks, but as this quote from one of OU's most talented verbal commitments clearly shows it could have been even worse. Fortunately Norvell isn't going anywhere and now Neal isn't either.
"I just think this is a death sentence now for whatever coach takes this job," says Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "You're going to have to reinvent the wheel here with this program. If you bring in a guy like Sumlin, he's going to pass the ball all over the place. You're going into the SEC, a conference that they're already going to be behind the eight-ball. This is really a death sentence. I can't imagine why Sumlin would want to jump from Houston to take this job in this situation because, in three or four years, he's going to be looking for another job."
Ouch! Probably want to omit that from the "help wanted" ad Aggies.
Where Andrew (Michael) goes following his days at Ozen isn't certain. He'd love to follow his brother (RB Christine Michael) to A&M. But he said Christine has other visions for his future.
"I want to go to A&M," Andrew said. "It would be cool but he wants me to be in a better place than him. Like he wants me to be at LSU or something like that."
At a luncheon on Wednesday, T. Boone Pickens described an email he received from Barry Switzer after Oklahoma had beaten Texas 55-17 earlier this month.
Pickens says Switzer wrote to him suggesting that Oklahoma State shouldn't "beat them as bad as the Sooners did because we want to keep Mack Brown as coach — we want somebody that both of us can beat."
Switzer was sitting in the audience and encouraged Pickens to share the story.
Texas Tech coaches weren't happy with what they implied weren't earnest injuries from the Aggies in Saturday's 45-40 Texas A&M win in Lubbock. The game featured a season-high 105 offensive snaps by the Red Raiders.
"That was kind of interesting. They’d go down and come back the next play. But I guess that’s football," said coach Tommy Tuberville.
Added offensive coordinator Neal Brown: "It was kind of ironic how they would have these bad injuries and then they would be back two plays later."
Texas A&M defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter fired back on Monday.
Monday, an angry DeRuyter responded, "I take offense. We never teach that."
He added that if Tech wanted to "use that as an excuse then go ahead."
Coach Mike Sherman added that A&M has never taught its defenders to take "dives" on the playing field.
Whaley is even being considered this week for the cover of Sports Illustrated, which is focusing on walk-ons contributing for major FBS programs. Whaley is the prime posterboy for that, given his rise.
The most decorated non-scholarship player in the country has now rushed 83 times for 462 yards and eight touchdowns in the No. 3 Sooners' five victories.