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Oklahoma football: Stanvon Taylor, Dominique Alexander remain committed to OU

Despite verbal commitments to Sooners, other schools have tried to change their minds.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 4, 2013


photo - CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: East Central's Stanvon Taylor (2) runs past Carl Albert's Bryan Williams (5) during the Class 5A Oklahoma state championship football game between Carl Albert High School and Tulsa East Central High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: East Central's Stanvon Taylor (2) runs past Carl Albert's Bryan Williams (5) during the Class 5A Oklahoma state championship football game between Carl Albert High School and Tulsa East Central High School at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Stillwater, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

“I know he was in communication with OU the whole time,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler said. “He had promised Arkansas a visit a long time ago and we have some guys at Kansas State.”

Alexander held true to his word about visiting Arkansas once the Razorbacks hired a coach, going to Fayetteville on Jan. 18. A week later, he went to Kansas State

Former Tulsa Washington stars Dante Barnett, Tyler Lockett and Keenan Taylor all play at Kansas State.

The visits opened the avenues for other teams to inquire on Alexander. Nebraska extended an offer late last week. Stanford and others made inquiries as well.

“It's never over until it's over,” Dantzler said. “I think a lot of them, when they saw he went to Kansas State after he went to Arkansas, they thought he was looking around. It had nothing to do with whether or not he was going to stay with OU though.”

Klinck said he wouldn't have tried to discourage Taylor if he wanted to take visits elsewhere

“I don't fault kids for taking scholarships and then visiting other places,” Klinck said. “A lot of times scholarships get offered, then someone else comes along and they get pulled back. In this day and age, it's really a business-type relationship and in a lot of ways, it's the only time the players have the upper hand.”

Both Klinck and Dantzler guided their players through the process without trying to interfere in the decision.

“My thing is to help them through the process,” Dantzler said. “I've been there as an athlete and I've been on the other side as a recruiter. If they have questions, I'm there to help. At the end of the day, though, I want it to be their family's and their decision.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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