Thursday, July 18, 2013
Signee Q&A: DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
By Jake Trotter
The Sooners have gotten some pretty good players to flip from Oklahoma State in recent years, notably Ryan Broyles and Demontre Hurst. This year, the Sooners were at it again, picking off defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo from the Cowboys.
Okoronkwo checked in with SoonerNation prior to enrolling at OU in June to discuss what made him switch, and what he thinks of the defensive end position in Norman:
Could 2013 signee Ogbonnia Okoronkwo become the Sooners' pass-rushing specialist?
SoonerNation: What jersey are you wearing?
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo: I’m hoping it stays 12. I know there’s a 12 on offense, but not on the defense. But I don’t know for sure.
SN: 12 is an odd number for your position. Why 12?
Okoronkwo: My coach gave it to me. I remember I had a choice between 99 and 12, and I grabbed the 12, and have been sticking with it ever since.
SN: Have the coaches talked with you about your potential role this fall?
Okoronkwo: They have been been telling me to really get after the passer, that they might have me as a third-down specialist, to bring pressure. That’s my specialty, the strength in my game.
SN: What will you be working on before you get on campus?
Okoronkwo: What I’ve been working on most is my versatility, as far as being able to move in the flats, as well as my physicality. I know the game speed is going to change, but I know the strength of the O-linemen will, too. I’m not going to be able to throw O-linemen around like I did in high school.
SN: What are you most excited about coming to OU?
Okoronkwo: I’m most excited about getting up there and earning my spot.
SN: What are you planning to get your degree in?
Okoronkwo: Pharmacy. I’ve always been interested in medicine.
SN: What player do you look up to most on the current OU team?
Okoronkwo: I admire Tapp [Charles Tapper]. He’s got a basketball background, can move really well.