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High school notebook: Union's Dalton Rodriguez picks Tulsa over Oklahoma

Chance to play for former Union defensive line coach, Adam Blankenship, was too tough to pass up for Rodriguez
by Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: December 13, 2012

Tulsa Union's Dalton Rodriguez wanted to play defense all along. Rodriguez thought he might be content playing offensive line for Oklahoma after committing to the Sooners in May.

In the end, though, the desire to play on the defensive side and reunite with his old Union defensive line coach, Adam Blankenship, was too strong.

Thursday, Rodriguez made his switch official, announcing on Twitter that he'd committed to Tulsa.

Blankenship, the son of Golden Hurricane coach Bill Blankenship, played a big part in getting Rodriguez to make the switch.

“That was about 50 percent of it,” Rodriguez said of the opportunity to play defense. “But the chance to play for coach (Adam) Blankenship again was huge, too.”

Rodriguez said he made the decision over the last few days and called Adam to tell him the news.

“He was thrilled,” Rodriguez said.

The call to Sooners coaches came next, with Rodriguez talking to OU's Bruce Kittle.

“It wasn't easy, but it was something I had to do,” Rodriguez said.


The struggles of the last few years have quickly been put behind the Edmond North boys basketball players, who are playing for the fourth head coach in their high school careers.

But a 5-2 start — matching their highest win total of any of the past three seasons — has helped solidify coach Steven Goss' new program.

Goss, along with move-in Carlbe Ervin from Carl Albert, fused with the talent already on campus, players such as Ed Baker, Tyler Sanders, David Montgomery and Austin Usery, who gained immeasurable experience during the past three seasons.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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