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OU football recruiting: Sooners did Alabama product Dwayne Orso a favor with Sugar Bowl win

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2014
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Dwayne Orso committed to Oklahoma in November, so the three-star defensive end was obviously elated when the Sooners stunned Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl.

But Orso's excitement didn't just stem from his future team winning a huge game; school wouldn't have been as easy the next few days if the Crimson Tide had won.

“It was really exciting, and a good relief,” Orso said. “If it would've went the other way, I would've had a lot of headaches coming back to school.”

Orso lives in Homewood, Ala., located just about an honor northeast of Tuscaloosa. 

The 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive lineman was originally committed to Western Kentucky, but flipped after Oklahoma offered him a scholarship and he visited Norman for the Sooners' mid-November win over Iowa State.

“I liked the school and the coaches,” Orso said. “The players were really cool also when we went down and visited. It just seemed like a pretty good fit for me and my family.”

Orso also held offers from Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State, South Carolina and UAB.

Before committing to the Sooners, he had flown a bit under the radar. But over the past couple of months, Rivals.com upgraded Orso from a two-star to a three-star prospect.

Orso said he hopes to earn early playing time in Norman.

“Everytime I talk to Coach (Jerry) Montgomery about it, he just says it depends on my development,” Orso said. “I definitely would rather play than be redshirted my first year.”