Don't Assume Regarding Ikard

When Gabe Ikard picked up his Oklahoma scholarship in the middle of May, a lot of people thought it was a safe assumption that the four-star prospect would soon verbally commit to the school he has rooted for his whole life.

Sooners' head coach Bob Stoops wishes everyone had been right. But so far, it hasn't been so.

"Everybody thought I was a lock but then again, when Notre Dame offered everyone thought I was lock," Gabe Ikard explained. "When Stanford offered, everyone thought I was a lock.

"It's what other people think. I'm going to take my time. I'm going to take some visits. I don't know if I'll take all five, but I'm definitely going to look a little more deeply into programs, and find out which place is best for me."

The 6-foot-4 ½, 248-pound Ikard holds 11 scholarship offers, but is really only looking at five schools. Besides the three programs already mentioned, he is also considering hometown Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M.

Ikard, who has helped Bishop McGuinness High win two-straight football state championships, could play defensive end or tight end on the next level. He had 69 tackles and seven sacks as a junior, and caught 10 passes for 150 yards and four touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. The Irish and Cowboys like him at defensive end. The Sooners and Aggies at tight end, and Stanford hasn't told him which position they prefer.

"It's really a decision I'll have to make in a little bit," Ikard said of what position he'll play in college.

Ikard also has to decide what visits he's going to take. He has unofficially tripped to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

"I'm probably going to sit down pretty soon and map out where I want to go, and call the coaches of those staffs and see if its alright for me to come for the weekends I picked out."

Ikard originally planned on seeing South Bend for the first time when Notre Dame hosts the Cardinal.

"Now, I think I'm going to email coach (Mike) Haywood or coach (Charlie) Weis sooner or later, and I'm thinking I'll go when they play Michigan early in the season up in South Bend. Which should be pretty good."

Ikard also wants to visit Texas A&M.

"I want to see College Station," Ikard stated. "I heard it's a cool place, and I want to meet coach (Mike) Sherman. I want to take a further look, and see if I have more interest in them."

Ikard keeps in touch with Haywood and occasionally Weis through email. He also gets hand-written letters from the both of them.

"I can say oh sweet, I got a hand-written letter from Charlie Weis," Ikard exclaimed.

Ikard has also helped the basketball team win three-straight state championships. He likes the football team's chances to do the same in the fall.

"We re looking pretty good," Ikard said. "We looked good in the spring. We didn't know how it was going to go because we lost a lot of guys. We're really excited.

"Right now, we got 6 a.m. workouts, for four days a week, for six weeks called Irish pride. I was listed at 250 last season, but probably played at 257. I was pretty heavy last year. I've lost a lot of weight working out. I've lost it in the right places."

The Irish is currently Ikard's prep mascot. It still has a strong chance to be Ikard's college mascot, but don't make any assumptions. Top Stories