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Addison Gumbs

Position: WDE/OLB
Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 220 lbs
Hometown: Heyward, California
Ranking: 128th overall – 9th at his position (4-Star)

In 2010, Oklahoma landed three high-profile recruits out of the state of California known as the Cali Trio, and with that the pipeline was born. Since then, Oklahoma’s connection with California has resulted in landing many highly-touted prospects from the state. The most recent being Stellar Prep HS product, Addison Gumbs. Oklahoma found a lot of momentum in early summer with Gumbs which resulted in his mid-August commitment. Somewhat interesting, Gumbs didn’t have a senior tape. However, fans did get to catch a glimpse of what to expect from Gumbs at the Army All-American Bowl. Oklahoma will get to see first hand of what to expect from in the Sooners annual Spring Game.

There are quite a few aspects of his game that make Gumbs such an exciting prospect: Impressive size for an edge rusher, a head-hunter mentality, and a natural feel for the position. However, let’s start with the obvious here — Addison is explosive. It is hands down the first thing you’re going to notice when you watch him on film. I know “explosive” is a term used all too frequently to describe an athlete, but as it pertains to Gumbs, he really fits the definition. His first step is somewhat reminiscent of Eric Striker, however I wouldn’t goes as far to say it is on the same level just yet. It doesn’t take long for Gumbs to get up to top speed– two, maybe three steps and he’s there. Add in his size and strength, and Gumbs is a tough block.

Speaking in terms of size, Gumbs is an impressive 6’4″, with a wide wing span. Like many coming out of high school, Gumbs has a lot of room to fill out physically. He can easily add on 10-15 pounds of muscle and not lose any of his explosiveness and speed. If Gumbs does take that step in the weight room, he will be tapping into that potential that so many people believe is endless.

Will Gumbs see the field in 2017? No one can say with 100{90cbdbedcebe3734fdfdeb1f9843068779d1ec8d5ef30619baff100fe391d921} certainty, but it is likely. If you look at who the Sooners will be losing to graduation alone, there will be need for pass rushers in 2018. Coaches will want to have guys who have experience to fill those spots. Due to that, you have to think they’re going to work Gumbs into the rotation in his true freshman season.

Be sure to check out previous posts in the Spotlight Series:

RB: Trey Sermon

H-Back: Jeremiah Hall

QB: Chris Robison

FLEX WR: Grant Calcaterra