Overton ready to state his case

The spring and summer were hard times for Overton, but he's healthy now and ready to make a splash.

When you’re talking in-state prospects for the Class of 2015, three names were repeated like crazy this spring and summer.

Lawton offensive lineman Jalin Barnett, Oklahoma City Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko and Midwest City safety Will Sunderland were all mentioned.

All three are in the Scout 300 and all three were active on the camp circuit. And then there’s Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton. Ranked No. 4 in the state and also in the Scout 300, it was a quiet spring and summer for the Oklahoma commit.

Overton tore his labrum toward the end of his junior season and never quite got to showcase what he can do in camp settings.

“That was a setback for me,” Overton said. “A lot of people were looking forward to me showing out and looking good at the camps. I wanted to, too.”

Overton committed to the Sooners the day after OU’s win in the Sugar Bowl and returned to campus last weekend for OU’s victory against Louisiana Tech.

It wasn’t his first trip to OU since committing, but it was the first game he has seen at the stadium as a commitment.

“It wasn’t stressful at all,” said Overton about the biggest difference. “I don’t have to worry about anything else, just focusing on my senior season.”

He is expected to be one of the leaders for the Jenks defense as the Trojans aim for a three-peat. A big part of why Jenks won the 2012 and 2013 championships were on the field for the Sooners on Saturday with wide receiver Jordan Smallwood and safety Steven Parker.

Add in running back Alex Ross, also from Jenks, and Overton understands the strong pipeline and also understands the opportunity he has at OU.

“It was really cool to see all of them,” Overton said. “Those are actually boys I had played with, and I’ve been friends with Alex for a while. Once I get done with high school, we’ll see what happens. I know I can try to earn that spot.”

Overton said he tries to talk to OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery at least once a week and the plan is to attend every OU home game this season. He’ll be at next week’s showdown against Tennessee and has set up his official visit for Baylor weekend.

Right now Overton is just glad to be back on the field. He had never been injured before in his life so it was a tough adjustment, both physically and mentally for the 300-pounder to deal with.

“I was upset for the longest time because I couldn’t be part of the team,” Overton said. “In the summer, I started to feel good again. Once I could start lifting instead of just watching, it was nice.”

Overton said he didn’t get a chance to talk with the coaches and players following the game Saturday, but he did say he was impressed with the OU defense and cannot wait to be a part of the group.

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