Temple, MU Catch National Blue-Chip RB's Eye

Blue-chip running back David Oku, regarded as the top player in Oklahoma, isn't one to get too excited when you talk to him about recruiting. He likes to keep it pretty calm and isn't one to gush. But that wasn't the case when he was asked whether he'd watched Missouri, which has offered him a scholarship, playing any of its games last season.

"I watched them against Oklahoma. I also watched them play Arkansas when that little dude, [Tony] Temple, rush for like 281 yards. I was like man, Mizzou really is pretty good."

So, too, is Oku. The 5-8, 176-pound junior, who rushed for 1,628 yards and 20 touchdowns on 182 carries last fall already holds a large bundle of scholarship offers: Missouri, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Auburn, Minnesota, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Tulsa all have offered early.

Oku runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and a knack for big plays.

"My vision [is my biggest strength]," said Oku, who doesn't fashion himself after any other runners. "I don't really like comparing. I wouldn't know [who to compare myself with]."
One running back he likes off the field is Wichita star Bryce Brown, quite possibly the No. 1 running back in the nation next year.
"We met during the recruiting process. Me and Bryce are real good friends. I guess you could say best friends or what not," Oku said, adding the two have spoken about going to the same school, but it's far from set in stone.

One thing Oku is looking for, and surely will be offered by many schools, is the chance to play right away.

"I really wouldn't like to go through a redshirt. I wouldn't want to have to spend that extra year more than likely," he said.

At this time, it seems Oku is anyone's for the taking. Oklahoma hasn't offered yet, and even if the Sooners do, it doesn't appear they'd have the advantage some might assume they'd have.

"No, not really. I've never been a big Sooners fan," he said. "It's wide open. Everything is open and I'm looking at a lot of schools right now."

Oku hasn't begun to delve into recruiting too much. He doesn't have any unofficial visits planned and doesn't know which junior days he'll attend. Instead, he's focusing on hitting the books.

"I'm just worried about school. All I have to do now is get an 18 on my ACT to be qualified and all of my options will be" available, he said.

Besides hearing from the MU coaching staff, Oku has also been recruited a bit by a current Tiger.

"Dain Wise went to my high school. Whenever he comes back he talks about how they have a good running game and about how Missouri is pretty good," he said. "The spread [offense] is cool, I just don't want to go somewhere where they throw the ball 24-7 and don't run the ball."

Oku spent about 10 minutes talking to Mizzou recruiter Dave Yost a little while back.

"He just told me about the program," he said, adding that he plans to visit MU sometime in the not-to-distant future.

"Yeah, definitely, it's only three hours away," he said.

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