Sooners swoop in and land Brown

The Sooners had one offensive tackle addition Wednesday. Turns out that wasn't enough.

The signing day surprise for Oklahoma was supposed to be the Sooners earning one top signature after another. That was done as Sooners earned two four-star recruits Wednesday.

But OU coach Bob Stoops had another trick up his sleeve as OU was able to flip the commitment of offensive tackle Orlando Brown to the Sooners Wednesday afternoon.

Brown, a three-star prospect, had been committed to Tennessee since May. But a combination of academic concerns, Tennessee signing so many kids, left the door open toward something changing.

Stoops said the situation developed in the last week. OU wasn't a stranger to Brown. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh had built the foundation with Brown.

When Brown committed to the Volunteers, the Sooners were in his final three. But he was unable to make a visit, and it was clear Tennessee was the choice.

Brown started to have a change of heart, Stoops said, so the Sooners pursued. Stoops got involved and then let Bedenbaugh take over and close the deal.

His signing gives OU six offensive lineman and two offensive tackles gained on signing day. Earlier in the day, the Sooners were able to secure the signature of Utah four-star offensive tackle Kenyon Frison.

There might be some concerns about Brown's academic standing, but the Sooners are willing to take that risk to earn that reward.

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