OU commit in focus: Jonathan Alvarez

OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has targeted physical linemen the whole time. That trend continued with the commitment of Jonathan Alvarez.

Now the focus goes to offensive tackles. That might be the biggest thing to take from the commitment of Mesquite (Texas) Horn two-star offensive guard Jonathan Alvarez to Oklahoma on Tuesday night.

During this recruiting cycle, it has felt like OU has been gunning for two interior linemen commits. The Sooners got No. 1 nice and early in May when Troy (Ohio) center Alex Dalton pledged in May.

OU saw a couple of legit targets go out the door the last few months and another round of evaluation put Alvarez in the spotlight.

Alvarez camped at OU in June and said he was really happy with his performance, and he kept in touch with OU coaches Cale Gundy and Bill Bedenbaugh after that point.

Alvarez returned to OU this weekend, was offered during school Tuesday and committed. That's how fast it can happen in the recruiting world.

No matter who Bedenbaugh has recruited, there is one thing they have all had in common. They're a physical bunch.

He has brought that physicality back to OU football with the current offensive line and now is making sure to start building that foundation for the future.

OU is in the top five for Phoenix Mountain Pointe four-star guard Natrell Curtis, but the Sooners aren't even in close to being the favorite and no visit has been discussed. So OU might hold out hope for Curtis, but more likely is Bedenbaugh can close the book on interior linemen for the Class of 2014.

Offensive tackle is another story as OU has yet to land a tackle commit. Bedenbaugh will no doubt spend most of his time looking in that direction now.

Alvarez is listed at 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, but he said he's closer to 6-3 and 305 pounds. He said his biggest strength is his physicality, which shouldn't come to any surprise as to why Bedenbaugh eyed him in the first place.

The pieces are starting to come together for OU's class, and Alvarez is another vital part to that puzzle. But Bedenbaugh's work on the line is certainly not done.

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