It wasn't an easy decision for Jenks (Okla.) High defensive tackle Marquise Overton, but he knew it was the right one.
Overton started to get flooded with top offers last fall, but he was waiting around for the Oklahoma one to come through. Once it did, almost everyone felt it was just a countdown to when he committed to the Sooners.
That can be a dangerous spot to be in, though. Overton spoke openly about that type of pressure as Jenks was en route to winning its second consecutive state championship.
Of course he loved OU, but there was a part of him that really wanted to see what else was out there. But a day after OU's win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against Alabama, Overton would wait no more and pulled the trigger.
"I knew it was the right thing for me," Overton said.
It has been an interesting four months since that commitment as Overton has seen two of OU's commits that pledged before him leave the group.
Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko and Cypress (Texas) Falls defensive lineman Du'Vonta Lampkin both decommitted from the Sooners last month.
"I don't think it means anything bad for OU," Overton said. "Everybody goes through their ups and downs. But it did shock me with both of them. I thought they were both 100 percent."
Both Lampkin and Wariboko have expressed that same feeling Overton had in November and December. It's not that OU has fallen out of favor, but it's tough to stay 100 percent committed when all these other top offers come in.
And it's tough to blame any recruit anywhere for wanting to see other campuses, to make the trips and know what's out there.
It was something Overton had to discuss with his family before letting OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery know that Norman was the spot for him.
After those two decommitments, Overton said nothing changed. It wasn't as if the OU coaches started to panic and made sure everything was OK. It was business as usual and everything is still rock solid with Overton and the Sooners.
"I mean it was nothing different," Overton said. "I talk with Coach Montgomery on a weekly basis. We're keeping in touch. I'm positive about my decision so nothing has changed for me."
With spring practice starting this week, it could have been a chance to see how Overton carries himself as a leader of the Trojans. That moment will have to wait as Overton is still recovering from a torn labrum he suffered during the football playoffs.
He said it's not a huge concern, and he should be ready to roll for summer conditioning and definitely when preseason practices come around.
The injury has limited what he can do during the offseason, saying he has lost some weight and is around 290 pounds right now. But he's also not worried.
"I don't know if I've gotten better, but I know I'm still the same player I was," Overton said. "I'm ready to be a leader and ready to see what we can do."
Overton is hoping to visit OU for its on-campus camp next month. He doesn't plan to participate, but he does want to show his face again to the coaches and get to know everybody better.