With no scholarship tight ends returning from the 2011 team, it's no surprise that the position was one of emphasis for Oklahoma's coaches in this year's recruiting class.
With three tight ends already committed — and two of them already on campus — the Sooners made a final push for North Royalton (Ohio) St. Edward's Sam Grant.
Grant (6-foot-6, 240 pounds) had long been committed to Boston College but late interest from OU, Arkansas and Michigan forced a change of heart in mid-January.
He visited Arkansas and Michigan in December, then went to Norman in early January.
With high school teammate Kyle Kalis heading to Michigan, many thought Grant would follow and sign with the Wolverines.
Kalis himself had gone through a change of commitment, switching from Ohio State to Michigan after the Buckeyes' NCAA issues over the offseason.
But just a few days before signing day, Grant settled on Oklahoma instead.
While much of Oklahoma's coaching staff has a strong background in Ohio, the Sooners haven't recruited there much.
But tight ends and offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle made a hard push for Grant that wound up paying off less than a week after a final in-home visit with Kittle and Bob Stoops.
Grant joins Brannon Green, Taylor McNamara and Laith Harlow as tight end signees for the 2012 class.