Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Could Texas flip recent Sooners commit?
By William Wilkerson
One day before an ESPN 300 wide receiver is scheduled to enroll at Oklahoma, one of the Sooners’ biggest rivals has given him something to think about.
On Tuesday, the Longhorns offered recent Oklahoma commitment Dannon Cavil (San Antonio/Madison), whose family history is full of burnt orange memories. That includes his cousin, Kwame Cavil, who was a receiver for the Longhorns in the late 1990s.
“Coach [Major] Applewhite shot Kwame a text saying that he’s been watching me and that if he would let me know,” said Cavil, who committed to Oklahoma on Monday. “So Kwame told me that they were looking at me and were probably going to offer me. So I knew it was coming and was going to happen today.”
This has given Cavil some unexpected news to think about in the midst of one of the biggest decisions of his life. He literally has his bags packed and plans to leave for Norman, Okla., on Wednesday.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is stopping by his house at 5 p.m. today to try and seal the deal.
“For the longest time I was always a Texas fan because my cousin Kwame went there, my dad went there, my aunt went there,” said Cavil, who is the No. 35 WR and No. 239 player overall. “That’s who I used to support. I went to camp after camp after camp. I just feel like now it is a little too late.”
But Cavil did say that he’d at least talk to his parents about what he should do now that Texas has thrown its hat in the mix.
“It would have really been nice to take a visit there,” Cavil said. “I know everything about the program. But it would have been nice to visit.”
Cavil, who is 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, doesn’t have time to take a visit now but he has been to several Texas camps and knows the campus well.
After my sophomore year I went there on a camp and Coach [Bryan] Harsin had said that he wanted to see more of me,” he said. “He had just seen my sophomore season, my spring scrimmage. I went into the camp going into my junior year. I wasn’t expecting to get an offer going into the camp. I just wanted him to see more of me. But it didn’t fit right. So from there on I just kind of dropped Texas because I didn’t think they were interested in me.”
But the Longhorns are interested, as he found out on Tuesday, and that has given Cavil something to think about.
“Coach Applewhite was saying that he’s known my cousin and that if I was anything like him then he expects a lot,” he said. “It’s definitely something to talk about with my folks.”