Sooners lose Jarrett Lake but get a surprise in Corey Nelson

BY DAVID UBBEN Modified: February 4, 2010 at 6:13 am •  Published: February 4, 2010

/> "Up until even last night, we still, at a couple of the schools, still don’t have the transcripts that are necessary to figure through all this. So, in the end, you can’t help it. It isn’t anyone’s fault, that’s just how it worked out,” Stoops said. "There’s still too much material that we need that we don’t have.”

Nelson, a 6-foot, 210-pound linebacker from Dallas Skyline, is rated the No. 12 linebacker in the country, according to Rivals.com.

"We see him as an outside, Sam-type backer,” Stoops said, referring to the strong side. "You can put him out in space, where he covers; you can blitz him. He’s physical and big enough to bring in, and then go outside and cover a tight end.”

Nelson expressed interest to the OU staff after bowl games were played, eventually reneging on his commitment to the Aggies to come to Norman.

"You recruit like you recruit everybody, there’s no difference. You’re selling your program and why you think it’s the right fit,” Stoops said. "...It just depends on if someone’s listening or not, and fortunately, Corey was listening.”