It took a lot longer than most expected. There were a few bumps in the road, but in the end, Collinsville (Okla.) High linebacker Levi Draper is committed to Oklahoma.
Draper, a Scout 100 prospect for the 2017 class ranked No. 3 at outside linebacker No. 80 overall, picked the Sooners just hours after a thrilling Class 5A state championship game.
The No. 1-ranked prospect in the state grew up a huge OU fan with memorabilia all over his house. But strangely enough, it was Bedlam rival Oklahoma State who offered first.
The Sooners didn’t get into the mix until the summer. By that time, schools like Clemson, Florida State and Alabama, among numerous others, had already entered the mix.
Draper committed to the Cowboys back in July, and it seemed to wake the Sooners up. Defensive coach Mike Stoops and Tim Kish recruited Draper even harder following his pledge to the Pokes. Stoops and Kish were both in attendance Saturday as Collinsville lost a memorable 31-28 contest to Altus for the gold ball.
OU was able to get Draper back on campus earlier this season, and Draper also took another visit to Alabama as his recruitment never slowed down for a second.
Draper announced his decommitment from the Cowboys on Thursday evening with most predicting the Sooners were going to be the choice.
Adding Draper means OU is 3-for-3 in terms of commitments in the Scout 300. Draper joins fellow Scout 100 quarterback Chris Robison from Mesquite (Texas) Horn and Scout 300 safety Robert Barnes from Southlake (Texas) Carroll.
Draper is OU’s fourth commitment in the last eight days. Two for the 2016 class, one for 2018 and now another addition for the 2017 class.