- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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The commits keep coming for Oklahoma. The Sooners entered last week with four verbal pledges. OU has picked up its fourth in 12 days.
And it’s back to Oklahoma for this one, as Tulsa (Okla.) Union tight end Carson Meier confirmed he committed to the Sooners on Wednesday afternoon. He is the second in-state commit, joining ESPN 150 quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).
Things can happen fast in the recruiting world, as at this time last week Meier wasn’t sure how seriously the Sooners were really pursuing him.
Meier attended OU’s first junior day in February and received letters from the school, but nothing that shouted out he was being pursued.
That changed last Monday when OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell stopped by to watch Tulsa Union wide receiver Jeffery Mead, who already has an offer from the Sooners.
Norvell took some video with his phone of Meier working out. Three days later Meier was told by Tulsa Union coach Kirk Fridrich to give OU tight ends coach Jay Boulware a call.
“It’s awesome,” Meier said earlier this week. “It’s a big-time offer. It was really surprising because I didn’t know it was coming.”
Meier, who is 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, also has offers from Wisconsin, Oregon State and Duke, among several others.
It has been known for a while Meier would be playing a sport in college, but most thought it would be basketball.
He has had some interest with basketball, but he realized recently that his focus had to be on football.
“I really like them both,” Meier said. “I’m starting to love football more and more. You get to hit people. You don’t get to do that in basketball, at least legally.”
The Meier commitment swings the momentum to OU in the Meier household. His father went to Tulsa. His mother went to Oklahoma State. But his sister was a Sooner, and now so is Meier.
Meier is the eighth commitment for OU’s 2014 class and the first tight end since the Class of 2012. OU pursued several tight ends for 2013 but could not nab any of them.
Meier was being recruited at defensive end by SMU, but he said he is definitely a tight end in the eyes of the OU coaching staff.
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