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by Jason Kersey Published: April 2, 2013

Armanti Foreman (6-foot, 174 pounds), from Texas City, Texas, committed to OU last fall. His dad told ESPN.com that the Sooners were still in the mix, but that his son felt like he'd rushed his decision.

OU currently has two players committed for its recruiting class of 2014, three-star defensive back Vontre McQuinnie, from Lancaster, Texas, and four-star running back Samaje Perine, from Pflugerville, Texas.

GRISSOM SETTLED BACK AT DEFENSIVE END

Junior defensive end Geneo Grissom had a pretty hectic sophomore season.

Grissom requested a position change to tight end before the summer of 2012, and entered the season as OU's expected starter at the position. But he failed to get the playing time he expected there, and asked midway through the year to move back.

“Just wasn't happy with my time I was getting,” Grissom said. “:I figured, you know, I got recruited here to play D-end, so why not stick to what I know?”

Grissom began seeing more and more playing time on defense as the season progressed, and he even started Oklahoma's Cotton Bowl loss.

“It was kind of a last-minute deal,” Grissom said of starting. “I had been working hard, trying to make a name for myself. The cards just fell.”

Despite the position changes, Grissom is one of the Sooners' more experienced returning defensive linemen. Most of the starters and contributors on the 2012 defensive front were seniors.

The Sooner defensive line is working under new assistant coach Jerry Montgomery, who was previously on Michigan's staff.

“Man, he's great,” Grissom said. “The techniques that we're learning, great help. He's just an all-around good guy. Fun to play for.”

QUOTABLE

Senior guard Bronson Irwin, on the possibility of having a more mobile quarterback in 2013: “Having a quarterback that's elusive is always nice for an offensive line. If you get caught in a tight situation in pass protection, that adds a little bit more with the ability to get yourself out of trouble, which is helpful for us.”

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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