TULSA — Carson Meier became Oklahoma's first tight end commitment in nearly 16 months on May 22, when the Tulsa Union standout gave the Sooners his pledge.
The senior-to-be's commitment gave OU a boost at the position, which became largely obsolete last season for the first time in the Bob Stoops era.
“I feel like it's an opportunity,” Meier said. “I have dreams of going to the NFL, and OU's a great college football school. I hope they can make my dreams come true.”
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound tight end is No. 9 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top 2014 college football prospects.
Meier caught 15 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns last season, then averaged 12.2 points per game for the Redskins' state-tournament basketball team. About a month after basketball season ended, Meier's college football recruitment began to take off.
He picked up his first offer from Oregon State on April 11, then added offers from Duke, Rice, Rutgers, SMU, Washington State and Wisconsin.
Oklahoma extended an offer to Meier on May 16, and it took the three-star prospect less than a week to commit.
“I'm excited about his opportunity to go in and be part of a place that has had great tight ends,” said Union coach Kirk Fridrich. “He's really just an overgrown receiver, and that's a rarity. There's not very many kids that way. Carson's one of those special kids who's rangy.”
Meier said OU assistants Jay Boulware and Jay Norvell have told him that at Oklahoma, he'll be a “flexed-out tight end.”
“I like that because you get to catch a lot of passes and score a lot of touchdowns,” Meier said.
Meier said he didn't grow up a fan of any particular college football team because he comes from a pretty diverse family in that regard.
“My family's all split up,” Meier said with a laugh. “My dad played basketball at TU; my mom went to OSU; my sister went to OU ... I was always in the middle.
“I guess they'll all have to like OU now.”
While he's convincing family members to don crimson and cream, Meier has also gone to work on some fellow Tulsa-area prospects.
Meier began with his good friend and Tulsa Union teammate Jeffery Mead, a 6-6, 175-pound wide receiver who ended up committing to Oklahoma exactly a month after Meier did.
Now, Meier said he's working on four-star Jenks safety Steven Parker, who holds more than 25 scholarship offers from big-time programs around the country, including two-time defending national champion Alabama.
“I bugged (Mead) about it every day,” Meier said with a laugh. “I really want both of them to come because they're really good friends of mine.”
No. 9: Carson Meier
School: Tulsa Union
Position: Tight end
Committed to: Oklahoma, May 22