On Sunday evening, the departure of Oklahoma Sooners defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin was reported by Carey Murdock of SoonerScoop.com, and that report was confirmed when Lampkin announced his intention to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft via Twitter on Monday afternoon.
The 6’4”, 335-pound DT played in 12 games for the Sooners in 2017, earning starts in two of those contests. Lampkin also recorded 23 total tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and a sack. The Houston native also played in five games as a redshirt freshman after serving a suspension, recording five total tackles and two for loss.
The former three-star recruit originally signed with the Texas Longhorns out of Cy Falls High School in 2015. However, he never enrolled at UT due to a foreign language requirement and ended up in Norman that August.
Lampkin has a pretty high ceiling as a football player, but this decision has also raised a few eyebrows due to his relative lack of experience. However, players have all sorts of reasons for declaring early, so it’s often wise to reserve judgement in these situations. We obviously wish him the best of luck in the future.