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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Ohio OL comfortable on second OU visit

By Bob Przybylo

The first visit to Oklahoma was a good one for offensive lineman Alex Dalton (Troy, Ohio/Troy). Dalton and his father had a great time in Norman, Okla., last month, but something was missing.

His mother. If any school is going to be in serious consideration for Dalton, his mom would have to see the campus, as well. OU is now in serious consideration, as Dalton and both of his parents returned to campus last weekend.

The first visit was centered around football, but Dalton got to see more about the campus and the surrounding area this time around. His mother liked what she saw.

“It’s very homey,” Dalton said. “She really liked it. It’s a small-town type of atmosphere. It’s not small, but it’s compact with where everything is. It’s a beautiful campus.”

Dalton said last month OU, Stanford and Indiana were his top three schools. A second visit to OU had some fans hoping a commitment was on the horizon, especially since he said he doesn’t have any visits planned.

He left OU without committing, but he also left with a greater understanding than he’s ever had before during his recruitment.

“Everything is cleared up,” Dalton said. “Definitely, 100 percent. I’m just in no hurry to make a decision. As soon as I feel comfortable, I’ll make a decision.”

Dalton, who is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, said he is being recruited by OU at center and guard, and a good portion of last weekend’s trip was talking about that. OU coaches Bill Bedenbaugh and Bob Stoops went over the depth chart with Dalton and explained to him where he might fit in for the future.

At this point Dalton said he has no more questions for the OU staff. His second visit to the campus made him even more comfortable with his surroundings.

“I felt a lot more familiar with things,” Dalton said. “Everything was a lot more recognizable. There was no shock and awe. I’ve been here before, and I was looking to get down to the bottom of things.”

After his first visit, Dalton said he could envision himself playing for the Sooners. The same can be said after the second visit.

As for when he will commit to a school, Dalton is keeping that to himself.

“I don’t have any set date or anything like that,” Dalton said. “Like I’ve said before, there is always a feeling of commitment when on a visit, but I’m not going to say anything right now.”

Dalton also has offers from Michigan State, Kentucky and Cincinnati, among numerous others. Unlike other states, Ohio doesn’t have a spring football period. Dalton said he will just continue to use the spring and summer months to get bigger and stronger.