Offensive tackle now up for grabs in 2013 

December, 19, 2012
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The competition at offensive tackle just went up another level at Oklahoma.

Offensive tackle Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) committed to the Sooners on Wednesday, throwing his name into the competition to replace Lane Johnson in OU’s starting lineup in 2013. St. John picked the Sooners over Kansas and had offers from Texas A&M, Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and others. The No. 6-ranked recruit in the ESPN JC 100, St. John is a four-star prospect with a 83 rating from ESPN.com recruiting analysts.

St. John steps on campus with the ability to start and should create a more competitive atmosphere among the tackles with Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson returning next season. It would have been easy to slot Williams and Thompson in as OU’s starting tackles if the Sooners hadn’t landed St. John but his decision will give the Sooners coaching staff options while forcing Williams and Thompson to compete for their spot in the rotation. The Sooners generally prefer to rotate their offensive linemen so St. John will undoubtedly have an immediate impact even if he doesn’t secure a starting role.
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