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Oklahoma football: Heath Newland plans to walk on for the Sooners

Edmond North offensive lineman won't have a scholarship, but will have a chance to earn one as a ‘preferred walk-on.'
by Jason Kersey Published: December 15, 2012

Then last week, OU's lone 2013 offensive tackle commit, Tulsa Union's Dalton Rodriguez, switched his commitment to Tulsa because he wants to play defense in college.

This weekend, though, Oklahoma is hosting 6-4, 267-pound tackle Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif.), who has been committed to USC since July.

Three-star junior-college offensive tackle Matt Finnin (6-8, 330), from College of DuPage in Illinois, is set to visit Oklahoma Jan. 11.

As for Newland, though, he'll do everything the regular 2013 recruits do, but without the scholarship — yet.

“I'm exactly the same,” Newland said. “I go on my official visit next month. I get the same packet that everybody gets. I'm on scout team just like the freshmen. I get a locker. I get a number. I'm on the team. I don't have to do tryouts. I'm on the same schedule. ... The whole shebang.”

Oologah senior lineman Sam Noble (6-5, 285) is considering a similar offer from Oklahoma.

Newland is currently No. 15 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top prospects. He played center for most of his career at Edmond North; injuries forced him to play some at guard and tackle during his senior season, though, when the Huskies finished 10-2 and reached the Class 6A quarterfinals.

“Apparently I was one of those borderline guys,” Newland said. “It's just the way the cards fell. It didn't go my way, but I'm still excited.”

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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