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Friday, January 3, 2014
ESPN Junior 300 DT commits to Sooners

By Damon Sayles

Let’s not assume that Marquise Overton’s (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) love for Oklahoma was heightened by Thursday night’s outstanding Allstate Sugar Bowl win against Alabama. That admiration and respect has always been there.

On Friday afternoon, the ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle decided it was time to truly show his appreciation. Overton verbally committed to Oklahoma and became the Sooners’ fourth commitment of the 2015 class -- all four being ESPN Junior 300 players.

Marquise Overton
Defensive tackle Marquise Overton is the Sooners' fourth ESPN Junior 300 commit.
Overton, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound tackle, chose Oklahoma over offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and others. He watched with pride as his future team defeat Alabama, 45-31, on Thursday and figured now would be as good of a time as any to end his recruiting process.

“It’s been like this a long time,” Overton said of his feelings toward the Sooners. “I’d been thinking about it and thought it was time to do it. The coaches said they were excited to be able to write me on their board. They couldn’t wait; I can’t wait.”

Recruited by defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, Overton is a low-to-the-ground tackle with great lower-body strength and excellent agility. He bench presses 330 pounds and he squats 600.

Overton, a four-star lineman, will join fellow four-stars in offensive guard Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady), offensive lineman/tight end Bobby Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) and defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin (Houston/Cypress Falls) in Oklahoma’s 2015 class. That alone makes Overton smile.

Knowing the Sooners will enter the 2014 season after beating the two-time defending BCS national champion in a major bowl is icing on the cake for Overton.

“I thought it was a big win for OU,” Overton said. “Everyone talked about OU being an underdog. They showed what they can do.”