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Friday, January 31, 2014
Sooners get pledge from four-star DT

By Damon Sayles

In the final days before national signing day, Oklahoma is showing that it’s still a recruiting force.

The Sooners improved its class on Thursday evening, as four-star defensive tackle Courtney Garnett (New Orleans/St. Augustine) verbally committed to Bob Stoops and his staff. Garnett, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound run-stopper, became Oklahoma’s 23rd commit five days before national signing day.

What makes this even more of an interesting get for Oklahoma involves Garnett’s recent past. Garnett was committed to Red River rival Texas since June but decommitted earlier this month after defensive line coach Bo Davis left the Longhorns.

Recruited by Sooners defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, Garnett was highly interested in Tennessee, and Notre Dame has become a player in the process, but Garnett has had the Sooners on top since decommitting from the Longhorns.

“They’ve been riding with me and my recruiting process the whole time, even with Texas,” Garnett said following his Texas decommitment. “They say I’m a serious need. I trust Coach Montgomery, and they’re moving in a good direction.”

Garnett will join his high school teammate, three-star offensive guard Joseph Paul, at Oklahoma. Garnett confirmed his verbal with a simple tweet and a photo with Stoops after an in-home visit.

Garnett is the ranked as the No. 39 defensive tackle in the country. ESPN scouts say Garnett “is a solid wrap-up tackler who can finish when he gets hands on a ball carrier.” Garnett is a huge get in that he’s only the second defensive tackle commit of the Sooners’ 2014 class, but three-star defensive tackle Brandon Glenn (Carrollton, Texas/Ranchview) reportedly is expected to sign with a junior college for academic reasons.

The Sooners now hope to keep Garnett committed. He gave Stoops his verbal but still plans on taking an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend.