OU commit in focus: Courtney Garnett

OU received the finishing piece of the puzzle with its defensive line when Courtney Garnett committed.

Throughout most of the recruiting cycle for Oklahoma and its 2014 class the prevailing thought was OU was going to load up on defensive linemen.

But around November it became clear OU wasn't seeking out many targets at all, a sign of how content the Sooners were with what's already on campus for defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery.

One recruit the Sooners never stopped pursuing was New Orleans St. Augustine three-star prospect Courtney Garnett.

Though committed to Texas since March, Montgomery kept checking in from time to time and found the time to pounce after the coaching changes in Austin.

The continued effort paid off Thursday night when Garnett officially committed to OU following an in-home visit from OU coach Bob Stoops.

Getting Garnett into the fold is huge for OU as it clearly needed at least one more defensive lineman. Even before it became clear longtime commit Brandon Glenn wasn't going to qualify academically, Garnett was in OU's short list for a long time.

Recruited by many schools as a defensive tackle, Garnett's position is to be determined in Norman, and he has 100 percent OK with that. He could be a nose tackle or defensive end depending on how things turn out.

Garnett has the size Montgomery is seeking on the line, and the only huge question was academic concerns to most schools.

Garnett answered that question himself openly telling the world what his academic status was. OU needed a difference maker on the defensive line, and Garnett could certainly end up being that guy.

He joins Dwayne Orso for the defensive line class of 2014. Orso, now playing at Homewood (Ala.) High, is actually originally from New Orleans but moved to Alabama following Hurricane Katrina.

OU wanted to make an impact in the south this recruiting class and definitely has done that on the defensive line with Orso and Garnett.


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