Recruiting can be a funny thing. For some kids it can last a number of years having to sift through one top offer after another.
For others, it can happen in one weekend. Forty eight hours can change a life, and it has for McAlester (Okla.) High’s Dalton Wood.
Wood, who plays quarterback for the Buffaloes, has committed to Oklahoma to play tight end in the future for the Sooners.
“It’s amazing,” Wood said. “I dreamed of this my whole life. Never thought it would happen. Me and my family have always loved OU.”
Wood is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds and didn’t have one offer until Sunday. OU tight ends coach Jay Boulware was at Wood’s game Friday night. He talked with OU coach Bob Stoops on Saturday about making the offer.
After Stoops watched some film, he was convinced and offered Wood the scholarship himself Sunday. Wood didn’t hesitate to commit.
“Coach Stoops told me I had a full ride scholarship if I wanted it,” Wood said. “It kind of shocked me that I was actually talking to him and he wanted to talk to me.”
Wood missed his entire sophomore season because of heart surgery and missed five games last season with a broken ankle. He knows he has to play quarterback for McAlester, but he sort of always knew his future in college would be at tight end.
He had already been offered by Oklahoma State to play baseball, but Wood said he really wanted to continue to play football. Now he’ll have that chance.
“He’s a real special kid,” McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said. “I know he was a little worried about everything (having no offers), but he has always done a good job of staying focused. His athleticism is something you can’t teach, and we’ve been trying to use him more.”
Wood said his phone has been blowing up in the last couple of weeks as his film has been getting out there more. He has been used as a running back and some at wide receiver to showcase his full set of skills.
Wood said he is definitely going to make OU’s next home game against Kansas State and will try to make all of them the rest of the way.
Like Wood, OU was the first offer for Sunderland. And in the recruitment of both prospects, turns out it was the only one needed.