November 25, 2009

Humphrey has Connection North and South of Dallas

While many have talked at great length about Oklahoma's needs along the offensive line the need for young talent on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage is also something the Sooners have worked to address in the class of 2010. However one player that has caught their eye late in the recruiting game is Dallas Parish Episcopal defensive tackle Eric Humphrey.

Oklahoma is far from the only school to take notice of Humphrey in the past few weeks; the 6-foot-4, 273-pound prospect has gone from relatively unknown to holding nearly 10 offers from BCS-level programs.

"It's just been crazy, it hasn't sunk in yet, I guess I haven't really realized what all has happened," Humphrey said. "I guess it took time for schools to notice me because I had to mature myself and after I learned that I can actually play to the best of my ability I guess everyone else noticed it too."

It's been well-documented that Humphrey is a relative of a pair of other division one players in former SMU Mustang Rolando Humphrey and current Texas Longhorn defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey.

Though much has been made of his bond with the latter, the talented defensive lineman says that the relationship is rather minimal.

"With Jarvis, I'm just related to him. I went to one of his playoff games and while I was there I found out he was my cousin when I was talking to one of my relatives," he explained. "Rolando, I talk to him a lot."

While Humphrey has obvious ties to Oklahoma and Texas as of yet the Sooners are the only one to extend an official scholarship. That being said his interest in both is very legitimate.

"I'm always used to watching Oklahoma and Texas. That Oklahoma called me and offered me, it was great," he said. "Actually the day that Oklahoma came down Bobby Kennedy called and talked to him.

"I have family from Oklahoma and Texas so it was always split, I guess I rooted for whatever team had the best chance at a great season."

The Sooners have extended an offer to the two-way lineman as a defensive tackle and in no surprise he has spent time getting to know Oklahoma's position coach, Jackie Shipp. The long-time Sooner assistant is working to build a quick bond with

"Coach Shipp said they are really interested in me and obviously they offered me and they'd like me to come down pretty soon," he said. "He also talked to my parents. He told me to research Oklahoma and find some questions to ask, and I plan on doing that."

While his recruitment won't truly get geared up until Episcopal's season comes to a close, a date that Humphrey sees far off in the distance, he admits that he has a list of criteria he expects to find in his future school.

"Honestly I've been taught education first. I want to see the graduation rate of their players and see how things are set up around education, and I want to feel at home. I want to feel like I can make a difference," he said.

"I definitely want to take my visits and take into account that each college is specifically interested in me and came to talk to me."

As Oklahoma lost it's last Texas association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) prospect when Ben Habern went down against Texas Tech, it seems they have zeroed in on another. Humphrey is well aware of Habern and says that sometimes the competition in TAPPS is goes unappreciated.

"I played against (Habern) my sophomore year. Actually I played against Chris Adcock this year that is committed to Cal. It makes you play harder to go against those kind of guys."

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