Sunday, March 10, 2013
Satisfied with OU trip, ATH has patience
By Bob Przybylo
The door is opened wider than ever for Dallas Bishop Dunne athlete Ronnie Larue with Oklahoma, but there’s still some work to do.
Athlete Ronnie Larue (above) was accompanied this weekend at OU by good friend -- and personal recruiting advocate -- OU commit Vontre McQuinnie.
Larue, who is 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds, attended OU’s junior day Saturday and was looking for an offer. The offer never came, but it was about the only thing that didn’t go right for Larue on his trip to Norman, Okla.
“It’s such a great environment,” Larue said. “I loved talking with the coaches and the players. It’s like we were a family. I just love OU.”
Larue had been on the radar of OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops for a while when Stoops got a push from one of OU’s commits to look a little closer.
Strong safety Vontre McQuinnie (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster) committed to OU at its first junior day, Feb. 2, and mentioned to the coaching staff that he thought Larue would make a great addition to the class.
McQuinnie had no plans to attend the second junior day, but when Larue asked if he would go with him he didn’t pass it up. It made the trip that much more enjoyable.
“As soon as we walked in, we were comfortable,” Larue said. “Vontre already knew, like, all of the coaches. It definitely made things easier.”
Not only was it junior day, it was the first day of OU’s spring practice. Larue said he learned immediately it’s a little different than high school.
“It was explosive,” he said. “Very fast. Everything they do is fast. It’s a lot different from high school, that’s for sure.”
While Larue waits for his first offer, he said he is not too worried about getting it. One of the problems for him has been determining what position he'll play in college. He can play cornerback, free safety, strong safety and quarterback.
When Larue talked to Mike Stoops last week, the coach reiterated what a lot of coaches have told Larue this winter: Coaches need to see him in pads this spring for further evaluation before an offer can be made.
Asked whether OU coaches Mike or Bob Stoops said anything that stood out, Larue gave an unusual answer, even if it is the most recognizable trait for the Sooners and Bob Stoops.
“They said, ‘We win here.’ That seems sort of easy to say, but it’s really reassuring,” Larue said. “This is one of the best programs in the country. This was a great day, and I saw everything I needed to see out of OU on this trip.”