Two in Two Days

The Sooners have once again tapped into the JUCO market and once again landed a very talented player at that level.

OU's latest JUCO snag comes in the form of Fort Scott Community College tight end Brannon Green, who received a Sooner offer from OU tight ends coach Bruce Kittle Wednesday morning and pulled the trigger on it almost instantly.

"They watched my film and liked it and we had talked on the phone, communicated and he came down and offered this morning, and I just feel like it's the right move for me at this time," Green said.

This all comes after Green was committed to UConn.

He also received another offer, a solid Big Ten one, which he was set to seek out in just a couple days.

"Well, when the season ended, we put some film together, sent it out," Green said. "You know, coaches were coming through asking tight ends, ‘Do you have any tight ends?' We sent it to them, and it started picking up. After awhile I went on a visit to UConn and committed to them. And then I had Michigan State. I was supposed to go on a visit this weekend. They had offered."

In came Kittle and the Sooners, though, to snag their second commit in the last 24 hours.

The first time he's met Kittle in person, in fact.

"Oh, I mean, it was real good," Green said. "You know, I think he's real hard-nosed coach, and that's what I want. I want to evolve my game at the tight end [position], and I think he would do that. And, of course, Coach [Bob] Stoops, I mean, you already hear about him. He's a class act, I've heard, and I just think I'll fit in good down there."

One other thing that, no doubt, helped shape his decision to commit to OU is a very important one: playing time.

The Sooners, of course, have a lot of turnover at the tight end position after this season.

Seniors Trent Ratterree and James Hanna will exit to graduation, while tight end Austin Haywood's status is still up in the air.

"Well yes, you know, he told me the two tight ends are leaving," Green said. "And he said he wants me to come in and compete for the job, to be the starter, unless somebody beats me out. I mean, I'm ready to take that on."

A JUCO guy, more mature than most who join a major Division I-A team for the first time, you have to like his chances.

The confident 6-foot-4, 260-pounder does, and why wouldn't he?

He's also sold on his decision.

"You know, I'm very excited," Green said. "Of course, tradition I don't really have to explain. I mean, it's unbelievable. I've been to a few games as a kid. You know, always dreamed of playing there, and I'm real excited...I mean, I feel real good about it. You know, the rich tradition and people love OU football down there.

"And I just want to be a part of it and I think it's a great place to be, and me and my parents talked about it. You know, with them losing two tight ends and just coming in and making an impact right away is my goal."

As excited as he is and was to commit to Kittle and the Sooners, though, he did have to admit one thing.

"You know, it's ironic," Green said, before going on. "Growing up I was always a big Nebraska fan. And that's what I told Coach Kittle and he kind of thought that was funny. You know, I've always been a Nebraska guy, so he thought that was pretty funny. Going to OU, big rivals."

Now, he's on the other side of the dormant, yet once fierce rivalry between former Big Eight members.

He's on the Crimson and Cream side.

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