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Oklahoma picks up commitment from California linebacker Curtis Bolton

by Jason Kersey Modified: August 26, 2013 at 9:20 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up the 13th commitment in its 2014 recruiting class Sunday with linebacker Curtis Bolton’s announcement that he’s chosen the Sooners.

Bolton is the second linebacker to commit to OU for 2014, joining Allen, Texas, prospect Tay Evans.

Bolton, a three-star prospect from Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High School, announced his commitment on Twitter.

He also held offers from Arizona, Colorado, Fresno State, Washington and Washington State.

Linebacker had become a position of concern in recruiting for Oklahoma. The Sooners signed state prospects Jordan Evans (Norman North) and Dominique Alexander (Tulsa Washington) in last year’s class, and only Eric Striker in the 2012 signing class.

Late last season, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops experimented with schemes that included only one — and sometimes zero — linebackers to combat the high-powered, spread offensive attacks of Baylor, West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

The lack of linebacker involvement surely scared some recruits away, and even caused middle linebacker Tom Wort to leave the program a year early.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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