OU commit in focus: DE Dwayne Orso

The Sooners have earned their first defensive end commit? How does Dwayne Orso fit in the picture?

On the same day Homewood (Ala.) defensive end Dwayne Orso switched his commitment from Western Kentucky to Oklahoma, coaches at Clemson started contacting him.

Clemson joins schools like Auburn and Mississippi State in terms of schools trying to make a surge with the two-star prospect that wasn't on anybody's radar a couple of weeks ago.

He was on the radar of one coach, though. OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery did a lot of research on Orso. He looked at his 6-foot-5 frame. He looked at his 255 pounds, and he liked what he saw.

Montgomery watched film. He saw Orso playing the defensive end in a 3-4 defensive front, the system OU is currently using. He liked what he saw.

He didn't hesitate in making sure Orso could make his official visit, and the OU coaches didn't hesitate for one second in accepting his commitment.

Orso is the first defensive end commitment for the Sooners for the Class of 2014. It's not one that all OU fans are celebrating or throwing parties about, but it's one the OU coaches are pretty pumped about.

"He said he was electrified," said Orso about OU coach Bob Stoops' reaction when Orso told him Sunday he was going to commit.

OU is not in dire need of defensive ends, but it sure won't hurt to get a player like Orso who is so accustomed to being a 3-4 guy instead of trying to convert a 4-3 end into the system. With his size, too, there is a thought of playing some nose tackle but that's still to be determined after he gets to campus.

It goes hand in hand. Montgomery said how comfortable Orso is and how versatile he is contributed why OU was interested. And Orso said OU's system was a big part of the deal in what appealed to him.

Orso was hoping for a big senior season, but it didn't materialize immediately. He said in Weeks 2-4, he had a mere three tackles. Not in each game but overall.

He was putting too much pressure on himself. From that point on, he relaxed and put up the numbers and production that OU coaches so fired up.

The Sooners are most likely aiming for one more defensive end. Again, not a necessity with everything that's on campus. But if OU can secure another prospect like Orso, it won't hesitate to make the push.

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