OU football recruiting: Long-time commitment Alex Dalton stuck with Sooners despite offers from big time Division I schools

BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer, tshadid@opubco.com Published: February 4, 2014

Once Alex Dalton arrived in Oklahoma for a recruiting visit, it didn't take long for him to realize he'd found his future school.

The four-star offensive lineman from Troy, Ohio, committed to OU last May, choosing the Sooners over several Division I programs including Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, and Stanford.

“I wanted to go to a big football school with tradition and that's what OU is,” Dalton said. “When I flew into Oklahoma City and drove down to Norman for my visit, I loved the town and the area. It just kind of felt right.”

Dalton (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) says although his commitment over the past seven months has been nonbinding, he never felt the need to explore other options once the decision was made.

“I could've waited until the last second and everything, but I've felt firm in my choice since last May so that's further confirmed it's the right place,” Dalton said. “Now, with them coming up and beating Alabama I fell even better about getting there and going into next season.

“You don't want to be coming into a bad team and Oklahoma is known for having great tradition and great teams. Winning the Sugar Bowl could be that first step to the next streak of good teams and it's really exciting to be apart of that.”

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ALEX DALTON

Hometown/school: Troy, Ohio

Position: Offensive line

Height, Weight: 6-4, 280

Stars: Rivals - 4; Scout - 3; ESPN - 4

Twitter: @AlexDalton11

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