OU commit in focus: Curtis Bolton

OU's success in Cali continues, and it's just one of the reasons why Curtis Bolton's pledge means so much to the Sooners.

Oklahoma was poised to get one linebacker commit in August, but it just wasn't the one everybody was thinking.

Heading into the month, Houston (Texas) Summer Creek three-star linebacker Dakota Allen said he would choose between OU, TCU, Texas Tech and Kansas State on Aug. 16.

His selection was Texas Tech. But the Sooners received a surprise over the weekend when it became clear Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta three-star linebacker Curtis Bolton was going to pledge to OU.

He originally said he would announce Monday afternoon, but he moved that up and released it by a YouTube video announcement late Sunday night.

Bolton, ranked No. 50 at outside linebacker, is a shot in the arm for OU's recruiting on multiple fronts. The obvious one is Bolton's position as OU is in dire need of linebackers. The Bolton pledge gives OU two true linebacker commits for the Class of 2014.

There's no question about Bolton or Allen (Texas) High three-star linebacker Tay Evans and what each brings to the table. Bolton shows great explosiveness in his film and getting that early offer to Bolton in the winter might have been one of the best things the OU staff has done for this class.

OU still has work to be done at linebacker and still has plenty of options. Following an up and down recruiting year for the 2013 class, OU linebackers coach Tim Kish has things rolling in the right direction for the 2014 crop.

The Sooners have a couple four-star linebackers set to visit campus Oct. 4, the mega-weekend of the season when TCU comes to town. Even though Los Angeles Salesian linebackers Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware committed to Arizona in the last week, both have said they're still going to make the trip.

And that coincides with the second major point which is OU's continued presence in California. Bolton is the second Cali prospect to pledge to the Sooners for this cycle. La Mirada (Calif.) High four-star wide receiver Dallis Todd committed to the Sooners in April.

If OU has its way, it will be far from the last one. Ware and Cobb aren't even the most lucrative recruits expected to be on campus this weekend from California.

Fresno (Calif.) Central five-star wide receiver Michiah Quick and Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon both have scheduled their official visits for that weekend.

Quick is from a school that was incredibly kind to OU for the Class of 2013 as former teammates Hatari Byrd, Quick's cousin, and L.J. Moore are both freshmen for the Sooners.

Not just freshmen, either, but freshmen likely to see early playing time and brings about another point. It's not just the success OU has had in luring Cali kids to Norman, Okla., it's the success the guys have had after that keeping the pipeline going.

Starting with the Cali Trio of running back Brennan Clay, wide receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson and going strong now, Bolton is hoping he'll be yet another top Cali recruit to prosper under Bob Stoops.

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