NORMAN, Okla. — OU has added another great player to its Top 5 2020 class. Buford (Ga.) HS three-star cornerback Jalen Huff committed to the Crimson and Cream Friday afternoon.
“I really like my commitment,” Huff said. “I feel like it’s the right place for me. I feel like I can grow as a player and person there. So I have really positive thoughts on that.
“It was the atmosphere on my visit, all the coaches and the fans and their hospitality. I’ve been to a lot of colleges, and I haven’t really felt like that. So that played a real big part in me committing.”
Huff visited for the Kansas State game just less than a week ago, when the Sooners defeated the Wildcats 51-14. And from the minute he got to Norman, everything impressed him.
“Definitely the first thing that stood out, as soon as I walked into the building, Coach [Kerry] Cooks and Coach [Chip] Viney came to me,” Huff said. “That was the first time I met them in person. They came immediately to me, and they showed me around. Also, the game was sold out and it was the 121st consecutive sold out game, and that stood out to me. I didn’t have any problems between in the stadium or the city that night.”
The Peach State corner, of course, has developed quite a relationship with both Cooks and Viney so far.
“Our relationship started in the spring,” Huff said of Cooks. “He came to my practices, and he offered me after practice. We talked, we kept in touch during the season. I told my dad about him. They talk through the phone, and I guess you could just say the relationship was just like building up as the season went on.
“Chip Viney and me are really close,” Huff told OUInsider.com’s Brandon Drumm. “I talk to Coach Riley and Coach Cooks, but Viney is as real as it gets.”
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As for his relationship with Riley, Huff actually got to meet him for the first time as well. After the game, Riley obviously had his press conference, but he made sure to make some time for the newest addition to #20Deep.
“The first time I met Coach Riley was on the visit,” Huff said. “We talked for a minute about the season, how the season’s going, how it’s going so far. So I got a really good vibe with him. I really like what he’s doing with the program. The system is running really smooth right now, so good things about Coach Riley.”
At 6-foot, 169 pounds, Huff is a long and rangy corner that should be able to defend some of the taller receivers OU’s facing in the Big 12. The Sooners are certainly making that an emphasis moving forward.
“The Big 12 I feel like is a place where great cornerbacks can go,” Huff said. “The Big 12 tends to throw the ball a lot, so I feel like it’s a good fit for me, being a long corner with good cover skills. So the Big 12, I can see myself making big plays in it. It’s kind of playing to my strength. It’s a passing league, so I think it’s good for any DB.”
The Sooners welcome him aboard as the fifth commitment in the 2020 class. He joins four-star cornerback Darion Green-Warren in the secondary, as well as five-star running back Jase McClellan, four-star running back Jaylan Knighton and four-star athlete Drew Sanders as other commits.
Huff is the nation’s No. 357 overall prospect, No. 26 cornerback and No. 33 player in the Peach State, with a 0.8856 rating, according to the industry-generated 247 Composite. By 247Sports, he’s the country’s No. 393 overall prospect, No. 26 corner and No. 35 player in the Peach State, with an 87 rating. He chose the Sooners over the likes of Auburn, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee.
–Special thanks to Clemson247’s Cory Fravel for the video