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Excitement grows for Perine
Two things happen every time Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back commit Samaje Perine visits OU. The first thing is he gets more and more excited about playing for the Sooners and can't wait for the summer.
The second thing is current players cannot get over how dang big Perine really is. How he is able to be that big and strong yet also be that quick and elusive. All it does is bring smiles to the faces of the other players.
His official visit was more of the same. Perine had an incredible time being hosted by Dannon Cavil and players kept talking about how big he is.
"I can't really say what was my favorite part of the visit," Perine said. "Overall it was just a really great visit. I love the family aspect and how close everybody is on the team."
At this point, Perine has no questions. They've all been answered by coaches Bob Stoops and Cale Gundy. Even with the addition of Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon, nothing has changed with how OU intends to use Perine.
"Not so far. Everything is the same," Perine said. "They keep commenting on how I'm getting so big. It's not a huge deal, though, because I tend to add and lose weight real easily."
No recruit had a more internal dilemma for the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Committed to OU, Perine grew up in Alabama and will always call that home.
But make no mistake about it, he was going just as nuts as every other fan, commit after OU's 45-31 victory.
"I was so excited," Perine said. "Of course I wanted my future team to win. But if Alabama did win, I wasn't going to be too upset. It was great to see how those guys stepped up. I just can't wait to get up there and start my time at OU."
Dalton gets to know future home
Last weekend marked the third trip to Norman for Troy (Ohio) offensive lineman commit Alex Dalton. The first two were more business-like in the approach. This one was laid back but also a lot more personal.
Something exactly what Dalton was looking for. He said it was good to get to interact with fellow commit Jonathan Alvarez again. With Alvarez in Mesquite, Texas, the two only get to meet on the visits and both will be playing side-by-side if everything works out.
The weekend was also the first time he was able to be inside Headington Hall, OU's newest residence hall. OU coach Bob Stoops has required each player to live in the dorms for their first two years on campus.
"I'll be spending two years there so it's good to know how great they are," Dalton said. "I really like them and everything that's offered there."
Dalton was hosted by Sam Grant as both have the obvious Ohio connection. Grant told him as long as he works hard, he'll be fine and that being homesick hasn't really been an issue for him.
Dalton viewed the Sugar Bowl win a little bit differently than others. It wasn't just a great moment for the program but a challenge to the 2014 class.
"It sets the bar of where you're supposed to be," Dalton said. "That's where it's at, but you know what? We can do better."
Frison with one last visit
A lot of the visits have been documented at this point. Deondre Clark is off to LSU. Steven Parker might see Oklahoma State. But one big visit is from West Valley City (Utah) Granger four-star offensive tackle Kenyon Frison.
Making his fourth official visit, Frison's visit to Nebraska is the first one where he will no longer be considered a Utah commitment.
Frison decommitted last weekend following his trip to Arizona State but that doesn't indicate much of anything at this point. As reported earlier this week, it has been tough for Frison to not be emotional following every visit.
The OU official visit obviously already happened in November, but the Sooners brought the house for the in-home visit Tuesday night. It wasn't just bringing three coaches but it was the three coaches brought.
Defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery, who first started Frison back in the summer. Then you have offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who obviously would be Frison's position coach. And bringing wide receivers coach Jay Norvell was telling.
No doubt Norvell has a strong tradition of being a closer on the trail so he can light up that victory cigar. Of all the OU coaches, it has felt like Norvell has been able to relate and connect to recruits better than anybody else no matter what position the recruit plays.
Frison has stated he wants to make his decision as soon as he can after the Nebraska visit so by this time next week he could be on board as a commit or off the board. Either way, nobody can confidently say who Frison will pick between the Sooners, Sun Devils, Utes or Huskers.