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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
OU goes back to Fresno for 2014 offer

By Bob Przybylo

It worked out so well for Oklahoma to hit Fresno (Calif.) Central East for its 2013 class that the Sooners aren’t stopping for 2014.

OU has already offered Watch List athlete Michiah Quick and added defensive tackle Tashon Smallwood to that list Monday night.

Smallwood is listed at 6-foot and 274 pounds but said Monday night he is closer to 6-2 and 290 pounds.

“It was very shocking. I didn’t see it coming at all,” Smallwood said of the Oklahoma offer. “I met Mike and Bob [Stoops] last month, but we couldn’t talk. They just said hi and that was pretty much it.”

Smallwood has offers from California, Boise State, Nevada and Cal and said OU, Cal and the Broncos are his top three schools at the moment.

He hasn’t been able to attend any junior days, although he would like to attend one at Cal or Arizona.

Fresno Central East defensive backs coach Tony Perry let Smallwood know OU made him the offer. Perry is getting very familiar with the Stoops brothers.

A couple of Perry disciples are making their way to Norman in the summer as the Sooners were able to sign ESPN 300 safety Hatari Byrd and four-star cornerback L.J. Moore.

“That does play a role,” Smallwood said. “Because if I’m going to go that far away from home, it would be nice that I might actually know some people.

“If I can go to a team where I used to play high school ball with some guys and then get a chance to do the same in college, that helps.”

Smallwood is the fourth defensive tackle offered by OU for the 2014 class. The Sooners do not have a commitment at the position.