Frison ready to be a Sooner

OU finished strong for the 2014 class and a huge part of that came with the signing of four-star tackle Kenyon Frison.

Couldn't get much more down to the wire, but all is well that ends well for Oklahoma and West Valley City (Utah) Granger offensive tackle Kenyon Frison.

The pieces seemed to fit. OU was in dire need of a true offensive tackle that it can build a foundation on. Frison was looking for a place where he could play early and has a lot of tradition.

But just because it looked good didn't mean it would turn out that way. Originally committed to Utah, the Sooners took their best shot with Frison on an official visit in November.

Things looked incredibly good for OU from that point on, but it never looked 100 percent like the Sooners had him locked down. When he picked the OU hat, however, OU fans could breathe the sigh of relief.

"I never thought the process would get to be what it was," Frison said. "I'm happy how it ended. They're the ones that recruited me the hardest and built the best relationship with me."

Frison was considering Utah, Arizona State, Nebraska and OU, but it was a good sign when Sooners fans only saw Utah and OU hats on the table. Even though he'll be so far away from home, OU was able to bring that comfort feeling.

He didn't have to question too much what was going on because it just so happened that his coach at Granger played with OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. And when his coach let Frison know everything about Montgomery was genuine, the worries were over.

"I had no idea that Coach Montgomery was going to be able to just come in and know all my coaches like that," Frison said. "I've been able to get to know him better, and I know he's a great coach. I'm really happy with the decision."

Of course it won't be Montgomery who is coaching Frison. That responsibility belongs to offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. It will be a great chance for Bedenbaugh to try to mold Frison, who is 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds.

Frison sort of went a little under the radar throughout most of the cycle. He was invited to The Opening in July and did play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Game in January. He worked his way from being a three-star to a four-star prospect ranked No. 25 at the position.

The accolades are nice, but they're even more astounding considering the fact Frison has only played the sport for two years.

"Everybody talks about that like ‘man, it must be hard,' but it's just football," Frison said. "The first year was a little difficult, but the second year has been fine."

Frison is the cornerstone of OU's offensive tackle class, and he prides himself on his physicality. It's something he really appreciated about OU's offensive line when he visited in November. His visit happened when OU rushed for 405 yards in the win against Iowa State.

"I'm determined to be the best and OU is where I believe it can happen," Frison said. "Nothing else to say but Boomer Sooner."

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