OU camp: Day 1

2016 OU QB target Bowman Sells

The big day of OU's camp is always day two, but the first day turned out to be more eventful than anticipated.

Early morning storms could have potentially altered the first day of Oklahoma's three-day on-campus camp, but it went off without a hitch.

Although a lot of top names are heading to Norman on Saturday, there were still plenty of storylines to follow on Day 1.

Introducing Sells

A lot of the focus of this camp is regarding the Class of 2016 quarterback chase, and you can officially add Allen (Texas) Lovejoy's Bowman Sells in that race.

Sells, who is 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, already has offers from Iowa and Clemson and made his first trip to Norman on Friday.

"I definitely like OU," Sells said. "I like the way Coach Heupel develops his quarterbacks and gets the best out of their ability."

Sells said he has been talking to OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel since last season so the interest has been there for a while.

It will remain to be seen if Sells lands an offer, but it was clear he was the No. 1 priority of Heupel and OU graduate assistant Joey Halzle throughout the day.

With several top in-state quarterbacks for the class coming to OU on Saturday, Sells has already set the bar pretty high for what to look for this weekend.

Whitfield goes through the ringer

One of the biggest questions of the day was what was going to happen when Spiro (Okla.) High's McKinley Whitfield stepped on campus.

A versatile athlete who can play either safety or linebacker, Whitfield's recruitment has exploded during the last couple of months. The question regarding the Sooners has been his position, and it was a question again Friday.

Whitfield spent the first half of the practice session working solely with OU linebackers coach Tim Kish and doing one linebacker drill after another.

At the midway point, Whitfield was moved from linebacker to defensive back, and it was clear he was a lot more comfortable at safety.

So the lingering issue is where does he fit in with OU? Whitfield and his parents talked to Kish and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops for a long time following the practice. If nothing else, he should know where he stands.

Whitfield made the three-hour trek Friday because his family is leaving on a cruise vacation Sunday, but he wanted to make sure he worked out in front of the OU coaches.

A surprise visit from Anderson

Maybe the biggest storyline of the day had nothing to do with the prospects wearing pads. Toward the latter half of the practice, Katy (Texas) High four-star running back Rodney Anderson and his family showed up at the site.

Anderson, who recently decommitted from Texas A&M, has been among OU's top choices at running back for a long time. Anderson made a trip to Norman in April just weeks before he officially decommitted from the Aggies.

Anderson and his family spent a long time talking with OU running backs coach Cale Gundy following the practice, and it's obvious how much mutual interest there is between the two parties.

OU doesn't have a running back commitment for the class at this point, and all signs are pointing toward Anderson being the clear No. 1 option now.

It's a family thing

A couple of names to store in your memory bank are 2017 safety Chaz Ah You and 2018 defensive back Jordan Austin. Those names should sound familiar.

Ah You is the nephew of former OU defensive lineman C.J. Ah You, who is actually one of the defensive line coaches at the camp this weekend. Austin is the younger brother of OU sophomore cornerback Dakota Austin.

Jordan Austin is already taller and bigger than his older brother and appears to be a clear name to watch going forward.

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