OU commit in focus: Dominique Hearne

Sooners went back to state of Texas to pick up commit No. 7, offensive lineman Dominique Hearne.

He had become the forgotten recruit. Way back when, Oklahoma had made an early offer to Lancaster (Texas) High offensive lineman Dominique Hearne for the Class of 2015.

It made sense as long as OU saw the potential as OU had just signed Dakota Austin for the 2013 class and had an early commitment from Vontre McQuinnie for the 2014 class.

After McQuinnie's transfer to DeSoto (Texas) High, however, it felt like Hearne had dropped off the face of the recruiting planet, which is a pretty impressive feat in itself.

So it was quite surprising to see Hearne and his father at OU last weekend for the camp where Hearne not only confirmed he still had an offer but said OU was the school he had been talking to the most in the last two years.

The thought was put into his head to commit at that time, but he waited a few days before making it official and making the call last Thursday night.

Hearne is a three-star prospect who definitely feels a little bit like a project. At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, it's tough to see where the 290 is right now when you look at him.

That's OK, though, as he also feels like a guy who can be molded into whatever OU needs via offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Get him a year in the weight room and see just how much his body can handle.

Hearne isn't hesitating to say he would still consider Texas A&M as he has been pretty consistent throughout the recruiting process about his love for the Sooners and Aggies.

What's clear, though, is OU has shown and is showing a lot more constant interest in Hearne than what A&M has done.

Hearne is the first interior lineman commit for the class and definitely won't be the last. With the recent news of 2014 signee Natrell Curtis not being able to qualify, don't be surprised if OU ends up taking two more offensive guards with one of them most likely being from the junior college waters.

Hearne's commitment didn't feel like the big "BOOM" of the previous four-star Texas commitments, Katy (Texas) High running back Rodney Anderson and Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson cornerback P.J. Mbanasor, but it's another quality addition at a huge position of need.


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