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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
ESPN 300 WR Cavil sticks with Sooners

By Brandon Chatmon

It was a hectic week for Dannon Cavil (San Antonio/Madison) as new offers were coming in just days before he was supposed to enroll in college, yet he ultimately decided to play football at Oklahoma.

What was the main reason the ESPN 300 receiver picked the Sooners?

“I went there for junior day, the whole ride up there was exciting, and I thought, 'If Oklahoma offers me, this is going to be my school,' ” Cavil said. “I left without an offer but I knew in my heart I really liked OU.”

And the Sooners stayed in his heart no matter where he ventured.

“Everything from there, I compared to OU,” he said. “Every school I went to was like, ‘Well, this is kind of like OU.’ For it to finally come around, I knew in my heart this is where I wanted to be.”

After Cavil made an official visit Sunday to Norman, Okla., OU coach Bob Stoops and receivers coach Jay Norvell sealed the deal with an in-home visit Tuesday.

“It went well; we’d been up there for junior day so [my parents] had met them before,” Cavil said. “It was good to get ready to be in Norman and have a comfort-ability level with my parents and the coaches. Just laying everything on the table.”

The Longhorns tried to make a late push for Cavil, offering the wideout Tuesday. But Cavil didn't budge.

He arrived today in Norman and plans to begin classes Thursday. On the field, he’ll be thrown into the mix to replace Kenny Stills and Justin Brown this spring.

Asked how he might fit in OU’s system, Cavil is confident in his ability.

“They need two outside receivers,” he said. “[I’ll bring] big plays, vertical threat, end zone threat. It’s such a great offense for any receiver. I’m excited for the opportunity to get my feet wet this spring.”

It has been a crazy recruiting process for Cavil, who was injured as a junior and saw recruiting interest slip before it exploded in the final days of his recruitment.

“I remember the start of being recruited, my injury, it all dropping [off], then working to get back for my senior season,” he said. “It was kind of quiet, then picked up at the end, so I’m truly blessed and so thankful.”

The last seven days are something the Sooners' newest receiver won’t soon forget.

“Stressful but blessed,” he said when asked to describe the past week. “This is something that I’ll always remember, not every kid gets this opportunity.”