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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Could OU switch up defensive line?

By Brandon Chatmon

Oklahoma is continuing to add options along the defensive line.

Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo committed to the Sooners on Wednesday, decommitting from Oklahoma State. Okoronkwo picked OU over OSU, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Utah, Purdue and others.

Okoronkwo’s decision is great news for the Sooners, who add another athletic defensive end to the fold. He has good quickness, acceleration and strength while being active and relentless.

His commitment, however, could be a sign of things to come along the defensive line. With OU needing to add defensive tackles to its roster, don’t be surprised to see some movement among the Sooners current defensive ends.

True freshman Charles Tapper has the size (6-foot-4, 265 pounds) and strength to move inside and his opportunity to get on the field increases tremendously if he begins taking reps at defensive tackle. At 6-3, 250 pounds, Current commit Matt Dimon of Katy (Texas) could be another candidate to move inside. Dimon brings tenacity, aggressiveness and a high motor to the defensive line which could make a move to defensive tackle a good fit for the future Sooner.

While Dimon and Tapper have the ability to develop into quality defensive ends for the Sooners, a move to defensive tackle could be the best plan for themselves and the program. They’d get the opportunity to play a major role on the defense immediately and the Sooners would have more options along their defensive interior.

So while Okoronkwo is a terrific addition to OU’s 2013 recruiting class, his commitment could be a sign the Sooners are getting creative as they look for answers along the defensive line.