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OU Center Creed Humphrey highlights underclassmen who are coming back

The “best center in the draft” debate just lost a contender.

Oklahoma redshirt sophomore center Creed Humphrey announced recently that he is returning to school. Humphrey (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) is among a handful of high-profile underclassmen who recently announced they are also staying in school, including Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Adams and Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.

Humphrey was thought to be one of the top two or three prospects at his position.

From FanSide’s With the First Pick:

“Humphrey is an interior offensive lineman who plays with great leverage and a mean streak to finish blocks through the echo of the whistle. Creed Humphrey has led possibly the best offensive line in the country this year and may have paved his way to a first-round selection in the process.”

 

 

Adebo’s announcement comes as more of a surprise — until you factor in Stanford’s reputation for keeping their underclassmen and the fact that analysts say Adebo had a bit of a down-year despite garnering First Team All-Pac 12 honors.

The Smith announcement isn’t a huge surprise, either. He missed the final five games of the 2018 season after he was diagnosed with blood clots in February 2018. But, a plan was implemented by the school’s medical staff and Smith was cleared to play, starting 11 games this season at left guard en route to earning All-SEC First Team honors. A return to school now gives Smith the opportunity to show evaluators that his medical issues won’t be a concern at the next level.

At the very least, though, he has a fan in South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, considered one of the best DTs in the 2020 NFL draft. Kinlaw had high praise for Smith in a Dec. 9 retweet.



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