Still the Mann for OU

OU had some commits in town to go with top targets and commit Kenneth Mann loved his trip to Norman.

Burleson (Texas) High defensive end Kenneth Mann is pretty confident, pretty sure of himself. But he was stumped when asked what was the favorite part of his Oklahoma official visit last weekend.

“You couldn’t find a harder question,” Mann said. “Everything was great.”

Mann, committed to OU since July, returned to Norman for the second time this season. He was on an unofficial two months ago for OU’s finest hour in the win against Tennessee. He returned last weekend for the darkest hour in the loss to Baylor.

For Mann, though this wasn’t a visit where he was sizing everything up and trying to determine whether or not OU is the fit for him. He already knew that, and the loss to Baylor is just a blip on his screen and on his visit as a whole.

“Everybody stayed pretty happy and kept moving forward,” Mann said. “I already know what I’m going to do. This visit was about having a good time and spending time with the coaches.”

Mann said he was hosted by Dwayne Orso, but it was sort of a combination job with Orso and D.J. Ward hosting Mann and fellow OU commit Marquise Overton.

The majority of the visit Saturday night didn’t really focus on football or what happened that afternoon. Instead it was more big picture talk.

“He (Orso) said a lot of stuff that stuck out to me,” Mann said. “He seems very happy with his decision. I was just getting a feel of the lifestyle of being an OU football player. I really enjoyed it.”

Mann is one of two defensive end commits for the Sooners, and he is having an outstanding senior season and helped Burleson clinch a playoff berth last week.

Not too highly regarded in the summer, Mann said schools have been knocking on his door. It doesn’t matter as he is fully committed to the Sooners and loves the way the defensive line is playing under coach Jerry Montgomery.

“I can definitely see where I fit in,” Mann said. “I have the same frame as some of the defensive ends that are there now, and I’m doing a lot of the same things they’re already doing.”

Mann had been to OU twice before last weekend, but this was the first time he was able to see OU coach Bob Stoops’ office. It was an eye-opener for sure.

“It was amazing,” Mann said. “Everything stands out. You look around the office and see so much success everywhere. You just want it. You want to be a part of it.”


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