Monday, September 19, 2011
OU recruits impressed with win over FSU
By Bob Przybylo
Oklahoma wasn’t hosting any recruits Saturday night in its game against Florida State, but it might have won over some prospective recruits.
In front of a national television audience on ABC in primetime, the Sooners showed the type of poise championship teams display in tough situations in a 23-13 victory against the Seminoles.
“That was tight. I’m not going to lie,” said linebacker Brian Nance (Euless, Texas/Trinity). “I was surprised to see Travis Lewis out there. I was looking at the defense and how they handle a big pressure situation. That was impressive.”
Nance is one of the top Sooners targets for the 2012 class and has listed OU as one of his favorites.
For Florida natives and OU verbal commits Ty Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) and Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) it was about bragging rights.
Darlington made the four-hour drive and watched the game with his brothers and said it was one of the best experiences of his life.
Harlow had no problem playing the villain role in Tallahassee, proudly wearing his Sooners apparel all week. He attended ESPN’s "College GameDay" Saturday morning before watching the game back home.
But the trash talking didn’t just go on in Florida, as wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) had to endure a week of taunts.
“It was so exciting to watch that game,” Neal said. “All week people had given me stuff about how OU didn’t deserve to be No. 1. I told them to just sit back and watch. I was really excited to see how they responded to adversity.”
Defensive end Polo Manukainiu (Euless, Texas/Trinity) is the latest OU commit. And for someone who was a little torn between the Sooners and Baylor, Saturday night is a step in the right direction.
“It was an absolute dogfight,” Manukainiu said. “It gave me chills. Who wouldn’t want to play in an environment like that? It has me excited about the future.”