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Monday, January 28, 2013
Sooners, OL Josh Outlaw on same page

By Bob Przybylo

Oklahoma never forgot about four-star offensive lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle got in touch with the four-star lineman late in the summer and things have progressed since then.

They have progressed so well that Outlaw took an official visit to OU this weekend. Outlaw has very little time to dwell on his visit as he is taking a trip to Missouri on Monday and will come home Wednesday. From there, he will conclude his whirlwind two weeks with a trip to Texas Tech this weekend.

The Sooners made the best possible impression they could in their limited time with Outlaw.

“It was great,” Outlaw said. “Getting to talk to all the coaches and players – it was a great time, and I learned a lot.”

Outlaw, who is 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, is ranked No. 25 at offensive guard. But OU is not bringing him in to play in the interior. The Sooners want him at tackle.

Though most tackles are a little taller and a little bigger than his current frame, Outlaw has no problem at all with OU’s projection for him in college.

“It’s the position I prefer, to be honest,” Outlaw said. “With my athletic ability and my lateral movement, I can definitely do things the bigger tackles can’t.”

Outlaw visited TCU last weekend and said he doesn’t have a current favorite heading into the stretch run before signing day on Feb. 6.

From somebody with limited knowledge of the program, OU’s winning tradition always stands out. But when you’re actually there touring the facilities and seeing the championships, it simply resonates a lot more.

“Growing up, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing them play because they’ve been so good for so long,” Outlaw said. “But seeing everything, seeing all the rings and putting on that jersey -- it was breathtaking. So many conference championships. So many national championships. It’s an honor with how they are able to do this for so long.”

Outlaw has talked to OU coach Bob Stoops on the phone, but this weekend marked the first time he has met his potential future coach. It was a positive first impression.

“He is pretty awesome and pretty chill,” Outlaw said. “He definitely understands what he needs to do to make his program the best possible.”

Outlaw already has a great relationship with Kittle.

“He’s a great guy. He’s straightforward and keeps it real with you,” Outlaw said. “He lets me know about the opportunities I could have playing at OU. I get excited thinking about it.”

Outlaw said he doesn’t intend to make any decision in the next week with his mindset being he will announce his decision on signing day.