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Oklahoma football: Dannon Cavil knew Oklahoma was the place for him

After committing — and then decommitting — to Ole Miss and Cal, Cavil has finally settled on Sooners
by Jason Kersey Published: January 16, 2013

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.'”

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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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