David Oku talks decision
"I am going to Tennessee," said David Oku. "I decided about 7:30 tonight that Tennessee was where I wanted to go. It was really still tied tonight between Tennessee and Auburn. I thought I would make a decision next week. It then just hit me that I wanted to go with Tennessee."
"Honestly one of the main reasons I committed was because Gerald Jones is there. Both of us being from Oklahoma had me pretty comfortable. The people I have met there have been great. It felt like home to me."
Oku is really high on the new Tennessee coaching staff.
"The staff is by far one of the best staffs in college football now," he said. "You hire this staff and now can you win with the staff. That is all it takes now. I like the staff a lot. I am excited to be with them."
" "I know everything about Tennessee. You have all these nice people walking around. I have been there three times in a year. It's crazy. It's a lovely place."
Oku's family has no problem with him leaving for SEC country.
"My family is real laid back," he said. "They are happy with my decision. They are happy they don't have to pay money for college. It's just all about business now. I have to go up there and take care of it."
The four-star signee is not certain of his time frame for enrollment.
"I will probably talk to the academic guy, and we'll get everything straight," he said.
Oku has plans for the off-season working on areas to improve before arriving in Knoxville.
"First off all I am going to work on speed a lot more," he said. "I need to get with the receivers and improve route running. I'm an all-purpose back. I need to basically work on my footwork as a receiver
"I can say they have the type of guy to fit in their offense. They are getting someone who can line up in the slot and run the ball too. Everyone has their own kind of swagger, and I have mine."
Oku finished high school with 5,802 career yards in four years, 68 touchdowns (school record). He had 1,905 yards, 23 touchdowns on 248 carries in 2008. Oku was Parade All-American and earned All-State.
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