Sooners open Kareem Orr's eyes

Following his decommitment from Louisville, Kareem Orr has plenty of options, including the Sooners.

Chattanooga (Tenn.) Notre Dame cornerback Kareem Orr entered his official visit to Oklahoma committed to Louisville. He left Norman by returning to the open market but not quite committing to the Sooners.

Orr, a three-star cornerback, announced Sunday afternoon he was no longer pledged to the Cardinals. OU fans had reason to be excited, but the truth is a lot of schools are coming to knock on Orr’s door.

Since Sunday, he has been offered by Mississippi State and Clemson, but OU has positioned itself well after a great official visit.

“I got a chance to see the athletic center, and it was really nice,” Orr said. “The campus and facilities were beautiful.”

Orr was hosted by sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez. After the trip, Orr tweeted about how much he appreciated what Sanchez did for him on the visit. Simply put, Sanchez gave Orr the truth in terms of the OU secondary.

“He told me that if I work hard, you have a chance to come in early and play,” Orr said. “He said the spot is waiting for me.”

For the second straight big visit weekend, Sanchez had to host a recruit following a tough loss. And the loss to Oklahoma State was clearly tougher for some of the players to get over than the other two home losses during the season.

Orr said he definitely noticed the difference.

“The players were down at times, for sure,” Orr said. “It did affect the energy of the visit. We still went out and had fun.”

The visit gave Orr a chance to talk with OU coach Bob Stoops and cornerbacks coach Bobby Jack Wright a lot more about what they see for his potential future at OU. What Orr was happy about was how he said his high school runs the same coverages as OU but just uses different terms.

“I was really happy about when they were talking about where I would fit in with the defense,” Orr said. “I definitely think I could help.”

Orr moved from safety to cornerback this season, and it has made a world of a difference for him on the recruiting trail. Offers are starting to pile up, which is one reason why a commitment never really entered his mind last weekend.

“I’m very high on OU, but I want to see and hear what other schools say, too,” Orr said. “It was tough (to decommit), but in the long run, I got to do what’s best for me.”

Arizona State is another school to watch regarding Orr. OU is definitely making him a priority going forward, but it’s too early to say the Sooners are in the driver’s seat to land the three-star corner.


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