Rodriguez Pledges to Crimson and Cream

NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners have their second commitment in the last 24 hours: Union High School prospect Dalton Rodriguez has given his verbal to OU.

"At the University of Oklahoma [is where I'm going to play]," Rodriguez told 97.1 FM The Sports Animal in Tulsa. "It just felt right. It felt like the right thing to do."

Rodriguez, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, projects well on both sides of the ball at defensive end and offensive tackle.

He's the 59th ranked defensive end in the country and a three-star prospect.

The athletic specimen recently power cleaned 290 pounds, squatted 335 pounds and benched 245 pounds.

Along with OU, he was also considering Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Arizona State.

"I mean, those three and Arizona State, those four schools [were my top four]," Rodriguez said.

It truly was a tough decision. He found parts about every school that he liked.

"I just like Tulsa because it's close and really the only reason is Coach Blankenship now," Rodriguez said. "I really liked him."

"I just like the campus and I know a lot of people that go there and we played the [state] championship game there, so it's cool." Rodriguez said about Oklahoma State.

"It was good," Rodriguez said of his trip to ASU. "They were all friendly. It was nice, beautiful campus."

In the end, though, the Sooners just won him over.

"I just like the coaching staff and they work to win," Rodriguez said. "They're all talking to you, not just your coach, the defensive coach, just all the coaches introduce themselves and talk to you and it was a good experience down there."

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