Notre Dame, Baylor pay heed: OU reportedly gunning for committed prospects

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: January 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm •  Published: January 30, 2011
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NORMAN — The next two days, coaches around the country will feverishly try and poach oral commitments away from other programs before the finality of Signing Day.

Notre Dame and Baylor, pay heed.

Few schools have landed more surgical strikes on another's commitment list during Signing Day week in recent time than Oklahoma. Past plunders that have played a significant role in the building of what could be a special Sooner squad in 2011.

This time around, OU reportedly is gunning for a pair of committed prospects: Coppell, Texas, defensive back and Fighting Irish pledge Bennett Okotcha; and Euless, Texas, tight end/offensive lineman Nila Kasitati, who's committed to the Bears.

Notre Dame and Baylor have reason to be worried.

The previous four years, the Sooners have made out like Cat Ballou's gang Signing Day week — plucking away a future All-American receiver, All-Big 12 linebacker, starting cornerback and budding standout linebacker.

Players who were committed to rival schools only three days before Signing Day. Players who flipped to become Sooners.

In 2007, OU pulled off its greatest coup by snagging a pair of prospects who will be the foundation of the team in 2011.

Going into the final few days that recruiting season, OU didn't have a class ranked high in the recruiting standings. In fact, the class was on the cusp of placing outside the Top 25.

But that Monday, Sooner assistant Bobby Jack Wright coaxed San Antonio 4-star linebacker Travis Lewis to switch his commitment from Nebraska to OU. A move that stunned both the Huskers and recruiting analysts.

“I don't think anybody saw this coming,” said one guru the same day. “He was thought to be as solid as you could be to Nebraska.”