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.”
Dalton could one day become the latest in a long line of successful NFL offensive linemen during the Bob Stoops era. The Sooners currently have six former offensive linemen in the league, including recent top five draft picks Trent Williams (2010) and Lane Johnson (2013).
“After these next four years, if the opportunity is there to play at the next level that'd be great,” Dalton said. “That's always been one of my goals and I knew that Oklahoma would one of the best places to help me achieve that goal. It wasn't necessarily a deciding factor, but looking at how many NFL offensive lineman they've produced was definitely in the back of my mind the whole time.”
Hometown/school: Troy, Ohio
Position: Offensive line
Height, Weight: 6-4, 280
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