Sooner State Star Eyeing Mizzou

When highly touted defensive back Gabe Lynn says "the sooner, the better," that doesn't mean schools other than Oklahoma should give up on getting him. Because while Lynn likes the home-state Sooners, there are several other schools he's highly interested, a list on which Missouri sits high.


When highly touted defensive back Gabe Lynn says "the sooner, the better," that doesn't mean schools other than Oklahoma should give up on getting him. Because while Lynn likes the home-state Sooners, there are several other schools he's highly interested, a list on which Missouri sits high.

Lynn, a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back regarded among the best players in Oklahoma in the Class of 2009, received an offer from Mizzou last week to go along with offers from Oklahoma, North Carolina, Kansas State and Nebraska.

"I'd have to say OU, UNC and Missouri," Lynn said when asked which schools were at the top of his list. "Missouri called last week and said they were sending an offer. After that I called coach [Dave] Christensen and talked to some of the other coaches and they all seemed cool."

"Hejust talked about Missouri and said how they had a really good year and how they had a really good recruiting class in 2008, and they're going to have another one in 2009," he said.

Lynn was hoping to make the trip to Columbia for the recent junior day, but was out of town that weekend. He plans to visit MU sometime in the near future, though, and said he's not the lock for OU that some may assume he is. He also isn't giving any special favoritism to Nebraska, where his brother Phillip Dillard, plays.
"It would be nice to play together, but I'm not really going to base anything on that. We would only get to play together for one year. Yeah, I'm from Oklahoma and I like OU a lot, but I'm wide open. That's why I want to see Missouri and some of these other schools," he said. "I saw [MU] kill Nebraska, of course, and I saw them beat Arkansas. They had a really good year."

Lynn ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the Scout.com Kansas City combine last summer and as a junior, picked off five passes while also returning four kicks for touchdowns. He's looking for a school where he feels comfortable and knows he'll be able to enjoy himself for the next four or five years. His biggest strength is his physicality, he said. His film doesn't lie – he can cover and tackle.

In terms of making a commitment, he said he's not going to wait too long – the end of summer will be the latest he'll make a decision.

"I'm not going to drag it out. Once I find the place where I want to go, I'm going to commit," he said. "The sooner, the better."

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