- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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Two weeks ago it looked like Oklahoma was done looking for defensive tackles for its 2013 class. Assistant coach Jackie Shipp had put in major work and landed three quality commitments.
But Shipp wasn’t done. He went to Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial last weekend and offered three-star prospect Matthew Romar.
Romar saw OU’s campus for the first time this weekend and took some time to think it over before committing to the Sooners, Port Arthur Memorial coach Kenny Harrison confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
Romar, who is 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, also had offers from Tulsa and Baylor, among others. Once the Sooners fully entered the race, though, it became clear it was up to OU to simply close the deal.
He played a little bit of running back in high school so there was some speculation about his size. Harrison said once Shipp saw Romar in person two weeks ago, all the doubts vanished.
Harrison said before the visit he wasn’t sure if Romar was going to commit to OU this weekend. But the more he interacted with Romar during the weekend, the more he felt Romar was going to let the Sooners know he wanted to attend OU despite Romar’s intention that he did want to visit TCU.
With Romar’s commitment, OU is likely finished at defensive tackle. The Sooners have landed three of the top 50 DTs in the class with Romar (No. 50), Garland (Texas) South Garland’s Charles Walker (No. 40) and Dallas Skyline’s Kerrick Huggins (No. 39).
The Sooners also have three-star ESPN JC 100 prospect Quincy Russell (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley CC). At one point, defensive tackle was a huge position of panic among fans. The addition of Romar concludes an incredibly productive month on the trail at defensive tackle by Shipp.
Romar is OU’s 21st commit of the class.