OU commit in focus: Marquise Overton

It has been a hot week on the recruiting trail for Oklahoma. Taking a look at what the commitment of Marquise Overton means.

The Oklahoma fans were getting restless about how long it took the Sooners to offer Jenks (Okla.) High defensive tackle Marquise Overton.

Overton, a Scout 300 prospect for the Class of 2015, grew up a huge OU fan and patiently waited for the offer to come around. In early November it finally did and a day after OU's huge Sugar Bowl victory, Overton pledged to the Sooners.

He'll forever be known as the first recruit to commit after the upset victory against Alabama, but the truth is this commitment was in the cards for a long time.

OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery didn't push Overton to commit, but he did let him know that the Sooners weren't going to wait around to see if Overton was ready.

The addition of Overton is huge on many levels. For one, it's another pledge to a position of need as OU continues to make the push at defensive tackle.

On another level, it's OU once again defending home turf. No doubt Overton is among the top five prospects in the state. Your ranking may vary for the specific number, but he's there. Getting Overton so early is a sign OU isn't messing around.

The Sooners already have the pledge of Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko, also in the Scout 300 for 2015, and OU is in outstanding position for Lawton (Okla.) High guard Jalin Barnett.

Overton became that force a lot of people thought he would during his junior season. Not only is he now a legit 6-foot-2, but he's still lean and still quick to move around. He was a vital cog in the Jenks machine that helped the Trojans to another state championship.

Overton said he initially would have maybe liked to have looked around and seen other choices, but in heart, he knew OU was always going to be the choice.

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