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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sooners offer Okoronkwo, Hardeman

By Sam Khan Jr.

HOUSTON -- There's no shortage of college prospects on this year's Houston Alief Taylor squad. Now Oklahoma has its eye on two of their already-committed defensive stars.

The Sooners recently offered 2013 defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, an Oklahoma State commitment and 2014 cornerback Chris Hardeman, who is committed to LSU.

Okoronkwo, known around Taylor as "Ogbo," committed to Oklahoma State in June. He said he was happy to receive the Oklahoma offer, but that it doesn't really affect his commitment status to Oklahoma State at the moment.

"I was happy, I was excited about it," Okoronkwo said Tuesday after his team finished practice. "It really doesn't (affect my commitment status). Right now I'm just focusing on the team that I'm on right now and trying to win a state championship."

Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish has been recruiting both Okoronkwo and Hardeman.

"I talked to him last night," Okoronkwo said. "He's a good dude."

Okoronkwo said he hasn't made any plans to visit any other school besides Oklahoma State. He said he plans to take in a game or two for the Cowboys this fall.

Hardeman was flattered to get the offer from the Sooners.

"It's a great offer," Hardeman said. "When you get offered by a prestigious program like that, it's a blessing, so I was really happy when I got it."

He also had good words to say about Kish.

"Coach Kish is a real cool dude," Hardeman said. "He came by and said that Coach (Bob) Stoops liked me and liked the way I play, how physical I was, so he decided to pull the trigger."

Hardeman committed to LSU in July. He said that while the offer is flattering, he is focused on LSU. In fact, he's planning to head there Saturday for the Tigers game against Idaho.

"Right now I'm 100 percent committed to LSU and everybody knows," Hardeman said. "But OU is a great program. They have great things to offer too, but right now, I'm 100 percent to LSU."