You have to credit this Oklahoma coaching staff for recognizing the depth issues they have along the offensive and defensive lines and working to shore them up. They took another step in that direction Monday night when 2015 Houston, TX (Cypress Falls) defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin announced his verbal commitment to the Sooners via his Twitter account.
Verbally Committed to University of Oklahoma! #Boomer— January 7th (@DeeChilllin) November 26, 2013
Lampkin's measurables vary somewhat significantly depending on which service you're looking at with ESPN listing him at 6'3" 291 pounds, while Rivals lists him at 6'3" 278 pounds. Regardless of where his current weight might be at the moment, what you like about him as a prospect is his frame and the likelihood that he could pretty easily get up to 300+ pounds by the time you get him on campus.
In addition to Lampkin, the Sooners also already have verbal commitments from offensive linemen Bobby Evans (Allen, TX) and Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City, OK). All three of whom are consensus four star recruits.
Lampkin is considered to be the No. 2 defensive tackle in the state of Texas for this 2015 class, so landing him this early is somewhat of a coup for Oklahoma's defensive line coach, Jerry Montgomery. However, that also means that Lampkin's recruitment is likely far from over. And anytime you're getting commitments from 2015 kids this early, more often than not you're working just as hard to keep them as you ever did to get them in the first place.
SB Nation's Wescott Eberts, who covers recruiting in the state of Texas, also weighed in with his thoughts on Lampkin as a prospect.
The 6'3, 280-pound Lampkin plays three-technique defensive tackle at Cypress Falls, as well as some defensive end. If Lampkin ends up growing, he could end up as a nose tackle in the current 3-3-5 scheme employed by Oklahoma, but his best position is probably as a three-technique defensive tackle in a conventional 4-3, though he could conceivably play a 3-4 end position if he maintains his current weight.
A standout at the Dallas NFTC with his play in the trenches, Lampkin has limited highlights available, but does show the ability to use his hand placement to control and then separate against the run, especially from the defensive end position, where his size and strength are too much for most opposing linemen. When he's unblocked, his first step and overall short-area quickness are impressive.
It's still very early in the recruiting process, but with the start they already have and the good standing they currently have with a number of other high profile recruits this 2015 class could be much more reminiscent of those OU fans had become accustomed to seeing in years past.