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Monday, January 14, 2013
Dannon Cavil brings unique skill set to OU

By Brandon Chatmon

Oklahoma was looking to add a unique prospect to its roster. And the Sooners reached that goal Monday.

ESPN 300 receiver Dannon Cavil (San Antonio/Madison) committed to OU on Monday evening, switching from California. Cavil also had offers from Clemson, Baylor, South Carolina, Ole Miss and others.

Cavil, at 6-foot-5 and 206 pounds, brings unmatched size to the Sooners' receiving corps. And he brings that size to the program immediately as an early enrollee. His decision to enroll early will allow him to jump into competition for playing time this spring and get comfortable with the demands of being a Sooner for a full semester before fall camp begins and OU's 2013 offense begins to take shape.

Receivers coach Jay Norvell is looking to replace Kenny Stills and Justin Brown at outside receiver and Cavil brings the size, athleticism and ball skills to be a candidate to play immediately and help lessen the loss of OU’s top two outside receivers. Cavil gives OU four receivers in this class, which is a clear sign the Sooners won’t be turning their backs on their spread offensive attack anytime soon.

A four-star prospect who ranks No. 239 in the ESPN 300, Cavil has tremendous upside. He could develop into a terror at outside receiver, creating size mismatches with almost any defensive back. And, if he gains additional weight, he could morph into a superb tight end much like Jermaine Gresham did after playing receiver at Ardmore (Okla.) High then moving to tight end at OU before becoming a NFL first-round pick and two-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals.

No matter where Cavil finds a home in OU’s offense, he brings a unique skill set to OU’s class that the Sooners did not have on Sunday. And that’s rarely a bad thing.