- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
It’s not like Oklahoma isn’t set at the defensive end position for the 2013 class. Two of the Sooners’ first three commitments were at the position and both D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore) and Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) are ESPN 300 prospects. Ward is No. 110, while Dimon is No. 284.
But the thinking all along has been OU wants three at the position. And the biggest targets for OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright had been a couple of committed prospects.
OU’s No. 1 priority was three-star end Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite). Mixon was committed to Arizona State at the time of OU’s spring offer and the Sooners have been relentless.
Half the battle was won last week when Mixon decommitted from the Sun Devils. He has seen OU play three times this season.
But if it’s not Mixon, the Sooners like another committed prospect in three-star end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Houston/Alief Taylor).
Okoronkwo wasn’t sure what offers were going to come his way so he jumped at an Oklahoma State offer in June.
But upon further evaluation, the Sooners have liked what they’ve seen from Okoronkwo, who is 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and offered him in September. OU had already offered his teammate ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot in the spring.
Prevot and Okoronkwo attended OU’s dominating 63-21 victory over Texas and Okoronkwo said he was impressed with the defensive performance by the Sooners.
Okoronkwo said he was flattered by the OU interest but thought he would stay with the Cowboys. He still might, but OU has turned up the pressure. Okoronkwo hasn’t turned away the Sooners and was on an official visit last weekend, the first time he has seen the OU campus, though he remains an OSU commit. With Bedlam next weekend, it will be interesting to see if Okoronkwo shows up for an unofficial visit. It might even be more interesting to see which school he will be cheering for.
Though defensive tackle is the No. 1 defensive priority for OU’s 2013 class, the Sooners have had great success at end. Flipping Okoronkwo’s commitment would just add to OU’s stellar defensive end group.
Okoronkwo would be the second OU commit to flip his pledge. Three-star athlete Dominique Alexander (Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington) committed to OU last week after having been committed to Arkansas since June.