- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Oklahoma’s continued pursuit of defensive tackle Matthew Romar (Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial) is a sign the Sooners are looking to use numbers to make up for past mistakes.
Romar is the fourth defensive tackle the Sooners are looking to add on signing day as OU hopes to beef up its defensive front this fall and in the future. OU brought in three defensive tackles combined in its 2011 and 2012 recruiting classes and enters the 2013 season with sophomore Jordan Phillips as the lone returning defensive tackle with game experience.
Additionally, the Sooners currently have five defensive tackles on campus, so the addition of four newcomers is badly needed, especially considering the hit-or-miss proposition of defensive tackle evaluation. The sheer numbers also increase the possibility of getting immediate help from one or two of the newcomers while creating a safety net if one of the four are unable to make it on campus.
But it’s not just about numbers.
With their four defensive tackle commits, the Sooners are looking to bring in interior players with run-stopping ability with the hope of being able to stop opponent’s rushing attacks at the line of scrimmage. Romar joins Quincy Russell (San Antonio/Trinity Valley), Charles Walker (Garland, Texas/South Garland) and Kerrick Huggins (Dallas/Skyline) could emerge as anchors of OU’s defense in the future. And if two or more of those commitments develop into playmakers, it will make designing defenses to stop Big 12 offenses a much easier task for OU’s coaching staff and give the Sooners options along the defensive front.
OU heads into the 2013 looking for impact players along the defensive interior. And with Romar making four defensive tackles in this class, OU is looking to use numbers to address the biggest need on its defense.
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