OU makes positive impression on Nate Dalton

OU did everything right with CB Nate Dalton, but he's still going to weigh his options.

Things are happening so fast for Houston Cypress Falls cornerback Nate Dalton, but Oklahoma was hoping it could catch him up in the moment and get a commitment last weekend.

Didn’t pan out that way, but it’s obvious the Sooners made their mark on the fast-rising prospect from Texas.

Dalton was only recently offered and made his first trip to Norman last weekend as part of a huge weekend of recruiting visitors for the Sooners.

“Being around the players and the coaches was my favorite part of the visit,” Dalton said. “Building that relationship.”

Dalton said before the visit he had no intention of committing to OU, and he said he’s happy to stick with his plan. Kentucky is another school Dalton is talking about visiting, and he would like to make a couple of more visits in January.

That doesn’t mean OU didn’t make an impression, though, as Dalton was hosted by freshman cornerback Jordan Thomas.

“It’s a great campus,” Dalton said. “From the football side of things, it was a great atmosphere and there is so much support. Jordan told me if I do come in, all I need to do is compete. The opportunity is there.”

Despite being a recent offer, Dalton said he didn’t have any tough questions for Bob Stoops or any of the coaches. He said he has done his research about the Sooners and feels very comfortable about where things stand.

The game, of course, didn’t go the way OU wanted. The Sooners lost to in-state Bedlam rival Oklahoma State in overtime, but to Dalton, that wasn’t a huge deal.

“The game does not matter too much on a visit,” Dalton said. “The defense was still out there fighting. And after the game, the guys all did their best to put it behind them. I couldn’t tell they were focused on the game when I was with them.”

Dalton said his opinion of OU remains very high, but he’s just not quite ready to end his recruitment. He did like meeting with Stoops for the first time.

“Everything that I was really wondering about was answered, but he’s a great guy,” Dalton said. “He’s cool. I could tell he’s a coach that really loves winning and developing his players.”

Though Kentucky has been mentioned, Dalton said he’s not sure who the final two visits would be at this point. It’s obvious the Sooners need at least another cornerback for the class, and Dalton could definitely end up being that guy when signing day comes around.

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