Tuesday, December 18, 2012
OU linebacker commits bond on visit
By Bob Przybylo
Back in May some Oklahoma fans wondered if first-year linebackers coach Tim Kish was the right man for the job.
Few offers were out. And the ones that were, well, the Sooners were on the outside looking in with several top prospects.
Dominique Alexander, ho was originally committed to Arkansas, took his official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend.
Over the weekend, however, Kish got a look at his future, his first linebacker class. All three of OU's linebacker commits were on their official visits: ESPN 300 prospect Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit), three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) and three-star defensive end Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North).
Despite Evans and Alexander not being classified as linebackers, OU coaches have told both of them that is the initial plan for where they’re going to play.
“It was real cool because we’re the three linebackers. This is our future,” Evans said. “It was a chance to develop that relationship.”
Evans and Alexander were both already familiar with each other. The two camped at OU together for the single day camp in June. But neither one of them was very familiar with Mastrogiovanni.
Mastrogiovanni made an unofficial visit to OU during the season. But toward the latter half of the season, it looked like Texas A&M was making a dent in his recruitment.
That threat has been thwarted, and Alexander said he’s glad he finally got to know his future teammate.
“That was my first time meeting him,” Alexander said. “He’s a real cool dude. He’s pretty funny, and he was really laid back. I liked his personality.”
Mastrogiovanni, who is 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, was the first to commit and is ranked No. 206 in the ESPN 300. Kish didn’t have to do as much work with Mastrogiovanni because he was a big OU fan to start with because of his family’s ties to the program.
Kish did some work with Alexander and Evans, however. Alexander was originally an Arkansas commit, but Kish and OU assistant coach Jackie Shipp saw the potential in him.
Evans is the definition of an under the radar prospect. Not many big schools were looking in Evans’ direction, but Kish kept constant contact with the OU legacy before Evans was offered and committed last month.
“With Dominique, it was cool because we’ve gotten to know each other a lot in the last couple of months,” Evans said. “I didn’t know the other Jordan until he got here. I can see why he was recruited so hard. He was a cool dude, and he’s a great player.”
OU has made runs at other linebackers, but it’s starting to look like Kish and the Sooners are set with this trio of linebackers for the 2013 class.
“That’s cool with me,” Alexander said. “We see all those championships. We’re just going to help bring more to OU.”