Stanvon Taylor and Dominique Alexander have been two cornerstones of Oklahoma's recruiting class for 2013.
Taylor, a cornerback from Tulsa East Central, has been committed to the Sooners since early May.
Alexander, a linebacker/defensive back from Tulsa Washington, was originally committed to Arkansas before flipping to Oklahoma in early November.
Over the past few weeks, though, both have withstood an onslaught of recruiting pressure from other schools.
Now, just hours before Wednesday's signing day, it appears everything is settled and both will stick with their commitments to OU.
Several programs made a late push for Taylor, including Auburn and Tulsa.
Golden Hurricane coaches were in attendance at an East Central basketball game last week.
Cardinals football coach Bobby Klinck was impressed with the way Taylor dealt with the situation.
“He handled it as a mature adult,” Klinck said. “Some other teams made runs at him and he stayed committed. That speaks highly of his character.”
Klinck wasn't surprised that somebody tried, though.
When Klinck was a running back at Jenks, he committed to Oklahoma early in the process, but that didn't stop other teams from making their pitch just before signing day.
“At the very end, Notre Dame wanted me to take a visit,” Klinck said. “I thought about it and talked about it with my dad but in the end, I made a decision that I'd been committed to them for so long and I wasn't going to go back on that.”
While Taylor didn't take any other visits, Alexander's courting by other programs was a bit more public.
He took visits to Arkansas and Kansas State in January, causing some Sooners fans to question whether he would remain committed to OU. In recent years, the Sooners haven't been thrilled with their commits visiting elsewhere.
Alexander was up front with the Sooners about the visits, though.
“I know he was in communication with OU the whole time,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler said. “He had promised Arkansas a visit a long time ago and we have some guys at Kansas State.”
Alexander held true to his word about visiting Arkansas once the Razorbacks hired a coach, going to Fayetteville on Jan. 18. A week later, he went to Kansas State
Former Tulsa Washington stars Dante Barnett, Tyler Lockett and Keenan Taylor all play at Kansas State.
The visits opened the avenues for other teams to inquire on Alexander. Nebraska extended an offer late last week. Stanford and others made inquiries as well.
“It's never over until it's over,” Dantzler said. “I think a lot of them, when they saw he went to Kansas State after he went to Arkansas, they thought he was looking around. It had nothing to do with whether or not he was going to stay with OU though.”
Klinck said he wouldn't have tried to discourage Taylor if he wanted to take visits elsewhere
“I don't fault kids for taking scholarships and then visiting other places,” Klinck said. “A lot of times scholarships get offered, then someone else comes along and they get pulled back. In this day and age, it's really a business-type relationship and in a lot of ways, it's the only time the players have the upper hand.”
Both Klinck and Dantzler guided their players through the process without trying to interfere in the decision.
“My thing is to help them through the process,” Dantzler said. “I've been there as an athlete and I've been on the other side as a recruiter. If they have questions, I'm there to help. At the end of the day, though, I want it to be their family's and their decision.”