Oklahoma swipes Coppell CB Bennett Okotcha from Notre Dame

OU heated up its pursuit of cornerback Bennett Okotcha after losing commitment Brandon Carter to TCU
By JAKE TROTTER, BRANDON CHATMON and ROBERT PRZYBYLO, Staff Writers, jtrotter@opubco.com, bchatmon@opubco.com and bprzybylo@opubco.com Published: February 1, 2011
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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.”

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