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OU recruiting: Laith Harlow might receive medical hardship

Florida tight end had committed to Sooners, but an injury might keep him off the field.
By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer, Published: February 1, 2012

It turns out Oklahoma's strong push to add a tight end in the closing weeks before signing day might've had to do with much more than the loss of Austin Haywood and Max Stevenson.

Laith Harlow, who had been committed to the Sooners since May, isn't likely to play for OU.

Harlow, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end from Tallahassee, Fla., had back surgery during the season, and reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that Harlow would receive a medical hardship. The hardship would keep Harlow on scholarship, which wouldn't count against the NCAA's limit of 85 per team. Once Harlow went on medical hardship, though, his eligibility would be over.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops didn't have much to say about Harlow at his afternoon news conference.

“I don't think I'm allowed to say just yet. That's something they're still working through,” Stoops said.

Harlow signed and faxed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, and his name was added to the list of signees on, Oklahoma's official site, but his name wasn't included on the list of signees the school released.

The Sooners have room for at least one more player, a spot likely reserved for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral wide receiver Davonte Neal. Neal did not make his decision by signing day and could visit Norman in the next two weeks.

With junior college tight end Brannon Green and San Diego high school product Taylor McNamara already on campus as midterm enrollees, the Sooners added another tight end to the class when Royalton (Ohio) St. Edward's Sam Grant committed to the Sooners earlier this week.


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