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Sunday, October 14, 2012
OU making impression on OSU commit

By Bob Przybylo

Like most people, three-star defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Houston/Alief Taylor) was expecting another great battle between Oklahoma and Texas in the Red River Rivalry.

But that’s not to say Okoronkwo was disappointed with the 63-21 dominating victory for the Sooners, OU’s third consecutive win in the rivalry.

“I had heard about the Sooner Nation, and I wanted to see what it was all about,” Okoronkwo said. “Now I know. It was a very impressive performance.”

Okoronkwo, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, committed to Oklahoma State in June. OU had been coming around his school often as the Sooners constantly pursued USC defensive end commit Torrodney Prevot. But it wasn’t until the last month OU looked in Okoronkwo’s direction.

It might have been later than he expected or hoped, but OU is definitely in the picture now.

“I was kind of wondering why they weren’t recruiting me,” Okoronkwo said. “When they did, I was like ‘Thank you.’”

Okoronkwo, Prevot and 2014 LSU commit Chris Hardeman were three Houston Alief Taylor players in attendance. It was the first time Okoronkwo got a chance to see the Sooners and the Red River Rivalry in person.

“This was easily the best atmosphere I’ve ever been a part of,” Okoronkwo said. “I’m still committed to Oklahoma State as of now. OU has made a big impression.”

Okoronkwo said he has appreciated how much OU linebackers coach Tim Kish has been communicating with him lately. He said he will definitely take an official visit to both OU and OSU, though he has no idea of when either visit will be.

Position won’t play a role in things. The Sooners and Cowboys see Okoronkwo as a weakside defensive end.

“I really want to see the OU campus,” Okoronkwo said. “It is pretty weird that it is coming down to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. But I’m excited and happy with how things are going.”

OU already has two four-star commits at defensive end, but the Sooners are looking for one more pledge at the position.