Barrett decision a big one for OU

Anytime a recruit names the time and date of his announcement, it feels like a big deal. Some, though, feel like bigger deals than others.

Saturday evening is one of those latter moments for Oklahoma's Class of 2014 recruiting class. At approximately 6 p.m., Dallas (TX) Skyline four-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett will make his choice known to the world between OU, Texas Tech, TCU and Ole Miss.

Barrett will go public, but he said right now he is already sure about which school he is going to attend.

"I'm going to have a ceremony on Saturday so all my friends and family can come," Barrett said. "I want to make sure I can celebrate with everybody. I do know what school it's going to be.

"A couple of days ago I figured it out. I talked with my mom and prayed about it. I feel good about everything."

Should OU fans feel good about everything is the question? Barrett is coming off a huge high that was a visit to Ole Miss a couple of weeks ago. He couldn't stop raving about how great it was on Twitter.

Barrett hasn't seen the OU campus since the spring. But if OU fans are wondering if that's a cause for concern, Barrett said don't worry about it.

"I've been to OU like four or five times and know it like the back of my hand," Barrett said. "It doesn't matter that I didn't visit again this summer."

What does matter for OU is that it's the crimson and cream that is selected by Barrett on Saturday. There is no denying first-year offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has hit the ground running and has worked his tail off since getting the job in February.

The results, however, are not there yet for the 2014 class. He was able to land a solid prospect in Troy (OH) center Alex Dalton, but the Sooners have been on the outside looking in for Dallas (TX) Bishop Dunne tackle Jovan Pruitt and Van Alstyne (TX) lineman Connor Mayes.

Both Pruitt and Mayes were definitely realistic OU targets. Pruitt chose Arkansas two weeks ago, while Mayes committed to Minnesota last month.

Barrett has been the focal point for OU for a while. Bedenbaugh and first-year tight ends coach Jay Boulware have done everything they can to build a solid foundation and to try to win over Barrett and his family.

This would be a pivotal recruiting win for OU. The Sooners have been able to nab a lot of recruits who dreamed of playing at OU. Getting Barrett would indicate a real victory when the playing field was level.

Barrett wouldn't tip his hand about where he's going, but in his heart, he knows he's making the right decision.

"I'm anxious to get this over with," Barrett said. "I think I've done a really good job with this process and really thought things through. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be."

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