OU commit in focus: Joseph Paul

OU earned four commitments in less than a week. The last one was its first offensive tackle for the 2014 class in Joseph Paul.

One of the first things Oklahoma defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery did when he got the job was head down south to Louisiana to take a look at all the talent in the state.

It was there he built a relationship at New Orleans St. Augustine, and it's because of that the Sooners have one commit from the school and are poised to get a second in a matter of weeks.

Montgomery first started keeping tabs on offensive tackle Joseph Paul in the spring before backing away a bit after his commitment to Florida.

A lot of schools bypassed Paul because of his conditioning, but the Sooners see something special in the 6-foot-6, 340-pound right tackle.

It didn't hurt Paul's case the fact OU is in desperate need of offensive tackles to fill out the class, either. While OU is starting to pile up the commits, offensive tackle was still a pretty sore spot for OU fans to deal with.

Paul isn't that left tackle for the future, but he's a solid addition who no doubt has the size. Things picked up considerably between OU and Paul in the last six weeks, and the Sooners coaching staff isn't afraid to take the risk if it means getting the reward.

Paul was the second offensive linemen commit of the week and in both cases the knock on Paul and Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive guard Natrell Curtis has been conditioning.

At OU, you know they'll be figured out pretty quickly. Either they'll be whipped into shape, or they'll be sent packing. There really is no in between.

Paul said he's eager to show the other schools that decided he's no longer good enough what exactly they are missing.

His commitment won't hurt OU's chances with his teammate defensive tackle Courtney Garnett, either. Both are expected to visit OU next weekend.

OU is still trying to secure at least one or two more tackles, hopefully left tackles, but at least Paul gets them on the board in the tackle commitment department.


Sooners Illustrated Top Stories