Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Okoronkwo flips commitment to Sooners
By Bob Przybylo
Houston Alief Taylor defensive end Ogbonnia “Obo” Okoronkwo said he knew he wanted to flip his commitment from Oklahoma State to Oklahoma following his official visit to OU last month.
But he waited. He didn’t want to make a hasty decision, and he wanted to give OSU a chance. Things never worked out for Okoronkwo and the Cowboys and their Bedlam rival was there to swoop up Okoronkwo on Wednesday afternoon.
Three-star prospect Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is Oklahoma's third defensive end commitment for the Class of 2013.
Okoronkwo, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and a three-star prospect, was able to visit Norman, Okla., last month for OU’s victory against Baylor. The plan had always been to see Stillwater first and then compare and contrast the two schools and make a decision.
OSU and Okoronkwo could never get on the same page for the visit and Okoronkwo said he told the OSU staff Sunday he thought it was time to go separate ways.
That didn’t necessarily mean he was automatically a Sooner, but that was solidified Wednesday during an in-home visit by OU coaches Bob Stoops and Tim Kish.
“Coach Stoops talked with my dad and Coach Kish talked with my mom for about an hour, and my parents really liked what they were saying,” Okoronkwo said. “They were happy with everything so he didn’t see a point in waiting.”
Okoronkwo said his mother was especially interested in the graduation rates and the academic help he would receive. The answers Stoops and Kish gave her satisfied her and everybody was on the same page.
Okoronkwo has never been a first option for schools looking at Houston Alief Taylor. Playing alongside ESPN 300 USC defensive end commit Torrodney Prevot, the attention went toward Prevot.
OSU first noticed Okoronkwo in the summer, and Okoronkwo committed despite having never seen the campus because he wasn’t sure what other schools were going to come his way.
A couple of months later OU looked in his direction. The Sooners had offered Prevot in the spring and Okronkwo was offered in September.
He said he wanted to show loyalty to the Pokes, but Kish and the Sooners kept coming. He attended the Red River Rivalry in Dallas to see OU’s dominant showing against Texas.
And after his official visit, things really picked up. Okoronkwo said Kish was talking with him at least twice a week.
“They really showed how much they wanted me to play for them,” Okoronkwo said. “Coach Stoops is a real cool dude. It has been one crazy day with my phone ringing nonstop.
“I’m really happy with the way my senior season went. I accomplished everything I wanted to and now I’m ready to play for OU.”
Okoronkwo is OU’s 15th commit for the 2013 class and the third OU pledge to flip their commitment from another school.
He is OU’s fourth defensive end commit although the versatility of Okoronkwo and Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North) leaves the possibility for either one of them to see time at outside linebacker, too.