High school notebook: Oku is committed to Tennessee, but keeping options open

Oklahoman Modified: December 3, 2008 at 11:53 am •  Published: December 3, 2008
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Carl Albert running back David Oku reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee on Tuesday but plans to explore all his options before signing with the SEC school.

"Right now, you can say I’m solid,” Oku said. "What’s going to seal the deal is the in-home visit.”

Oku expects new Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin to make an in-house visit as early as next week.

"Tennessee is a nice place, but at the same time I have to know I’m seeing eye-to-eye with them,” said Oku, the top-ranked all-purpose back in the nation on Rivals.com. "When Kiffin comes I have to see if that eye-to-eye is there. If it is, I’ll tell him, ‘I have no problem playing for you.’ ”

Chandler’s defense stout
Chandler coach Neal Bacon knew this year had the potential to be special. One big part was how many starters he had returning on defense. The entire front seven was returning from a team that reached the quarterfinals last year.

"The experience really helps,” Bacon said. "We knew we would be strong up front, and our secondary is playing its best ball of the season.”

Bacon said defensive backs Davin Perkins and Casey Barrier had their best game of the season in shutting down Millwood star receiver Cameron Sanders last week.

Chandler plays Kingfisher in a Class 2A semifinal Friday night at Moore High.

Title-game preview(s)?
The Del City girls basketball season couldn’t get off to a more interesting (or challenging) start. The Eagles, who are ranked second in Class 6A, open the season playing No. 3 and No. 1 in consecutive games.

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