NORMAN — Dannon Cavil initially said no to Oklahoma, turning down the college football scholarship offer he'd coveted for nearly a full year.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver, though, visited OU anyway; after another change of heart, Cavil will enroll soon at Oklahoma, participate in spring practices and work toward his goal of immediate playing time.
Cavil fell in love with Oklahoma after visiting for an early 2012 junior day. The San Antonio James Madison High product didn't leave with an offer, though; he'd missed his entire junior season with a hamstring injury.
“I felt exactly what I felt on junior day,” Cavil said of his recent OU visit in a telephone interview. “This is where I want to be. I want to be a part of it.”
Cavil said that after his junior-day visit, he compared every other school to Oklahoma; he never expected to get an OU offer, though, because of his missed season.
He committed to Ole Miss in March, then flipped to California on Dec. 15 after a home visit from new coach Sonny Dykes.
But when Kenny Stills chose last week to forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft, OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell called Cavil and asked him to become a Sooner.
Cavil fought the urge to change his commitment for the second time in less than a month, and turned Norvell down.
“I kept fighting against it, because I'm a really loyal person,” Cavil said. “I felt like this is something I've always wanted, but I wanted to stay true to Coach Dykes and my word. I came back to Coach Norvell and said, ‘I'm good; I'm sticking with Cal.'”
But Cavil said he tossed and turned all night after turning Norvell down.
“Every two hours, ‘I'm sticking with Cal; I'm going to Oklahoma ... I'm sticking with Cal; I'm going to Oklahoma,'” Cavil said.
So he called Norvell back the next day and asked, “Can I still take that visit?”
Cavil is glad he did. He became Oklahoma's fourth receiver commitment in its 2013 class, joining Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas), Jordan Smallwood (Jenks) and KJ Young (Perris, Calif.).
He may have flipped commitments twice since mid-December, but there's strong evidence this pledge is ironclad: Texas swooped in with an offer after he'd flipped to the Sooners, and the self-proclaimed “Texas legacy” said no.
His father, Michael, was a Longhorn defensive back in the 1980s, and his cousin Kwame played receiver at Texas in the late '90s.
Cavil did have a cousin, Ben, who was a lineman at Oklahoma in the early ’90s.
“There's been a lot of record breakers at Oklahoma, and I want to be the next one,” Cavil said.