Oklahoma apparently has stolen another recruit on Signing Day week, plucking a commitment from Coppell, Texas, cornerback Bennett Okotcha, who was previously pledged to Notre Dame.
Okotcha, who committed to the Irish in early December, is expected to fax in his letter of intent to OU today.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Okotcha is ranked the No. 98 overall prospect in Texas and the No. 64 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com. ESPNU ranks him the No. 50 cornerback nationally. Okotcha originally was committed to Wisconsin, then later pledged to the Fighting Irish. Among his other offers were Baylor, Minnesota and Wake Forest.
OU heated up its pursuit of Okotcha after losing a commitment last month from wide receiver/cornerback Brandon Carter, who pledged to TCU.
Okotcha's verbal gives the Sooners 17 commitments for this class. OU could still land at least one more. The Sooners are waiting to see if Euless, Texas, tight end/offensive lineman Nila Kasitati will drop his commitment to Baylor and sign with them today.
OSU PILES UP TWO MORE VERBALS
Oklahoma State continued to finish up its recruiting class with a couple of late commitments from Texas prospects on Monday. Richardson (Texas) standout Torrance Carr and Katy (Texas) Faith West Academy defensive tackle Mike Mustafa have committed to OSU according to various reports.
Carr, who played quarterback, receiver and safety in high school, picked the Cowboys after de-committing from North Texas. Mustafa picked the Pokes over interest from Baylor, Miami (Fla.), Texas A&M, Notre Dame and others.
Mustafa's commitment is the conclusion of a long journey for the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive lineman. He originally played at Morton Ranch High in Katy, Texas then transferred to Cinco Ranch but was ruled ineligible. After transferring to Faith West Academy to play his senior season, Mustafa returned to Cinco Ranch this semester.
He took an official visit to OSU last weekend before finally committing to the Pokes.
“It's really a second chance for me after all that I've been through the past few months,” Mustafa told Rivals.com. “I'm a dedicated guy and I just fought through all of the adversity.
“I'm so excited to be a Cowboy and I've loved the school since I was a kid.”
OU SCHEDULES WALK-ON TRYOUT
The OU football team has scheduled a walk-on tryout for Feb. 9 at the Everest Indoor Center. The check-in time is 4:15 p.m.
Pre-registration and pre-tryout forms are available at BobStoops.com/walk-on-tryouts. Tose forms must be completed in advance of the tryout. Registration will close on Monday, February 7 at 6 p.m.
To be eligible, candidates must be enrolled as full-time students (minimum of 12 undergraduate hours) at OU for the spring 2011 season and meet eligibility standards.
SOUTHMOORE'S D'VANTE HENRY COMMITS TO OREGON STATE
There has never been any question about the athletic ability of Southmoore senior d'Vante Henry.
Nicknamed “The Freak” by his teammates, Henry made a smooth transition from cornerback to defensive end this season. That transition came full circle as Henry committed to Oregon State on Tuesday.
The phones have been blowing up about him in the last couple of months,” Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. “His height and speed really set him apart.
“His weight — I feel once he gets a chance to really concentrate on the weight room, he has the chance to put on the weight and keep that speed.”
Henry, 6-foot-5 and 192 pounds, has great size but knows he will have to grow into his body for college. One thing nobody can take away is his speed.
Henry was the anchor leg of last year's Southmoore 400-meter relay team that won the state championship and has been clocked at 4.35 for his 40-yard dash time.
Henry was also considering being a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma. Henry had 65 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles and an interception in 2010.
Lawton's Tyrequek Zimmerman and Jabral Johnson are also committed to Oregon State.
WESTMOORE'S TYLER NEWTON COMMITS TO UCO
Westmoore defensive lineman Tyler Newton became a name to watch after an impressive summer at recruiting trails.
Though he had offers from Air Force and Central Arkansas, Newton has elected to stay close to home and has committed to Central Oklahoma.
Newton, 6-foot-4 and 243 pounds, was a big reason for the Jaguars surprising success this season. He had 79 tackles and nine sacks in helping Westmoore to the state quarterfinals.
One big reason, besides location, was playing time. Newton said he knows that if he works hard, he'll have a better chance to play right from the start with the Bronchos.