Lackawanna (PA.) CC OLB Kapri Doucet (6-1, 230, No. 78 JuCo)
The story: When Doucet picked Oklahoma, he became the second player from Lackawanna to join the Sooners, and two more teammates soon followed. After Dominique Alexander’s unexpected departure to the NFL, the signing of Doucet became a bigger priority to provide depth at linebacker. Doucet has the versatility to play on the inside and the outside.
When you first got the OU offer, did you think you’d sign?
Yes, that was my dream school. Considering that two of my favorite players went there, DeMarco Murray and AP, that was my school. That’s where I wanted to go. That’s where I ended up. That’s where God placed me.
What made it a dream school?
Just the tradition with Bob Stoops, the winning tradition they have, and all the great players that they produced. . . . There’s just a winning tradition there. It was very family-oriented with coach Stoops and coach Kish and the coaching staff there. That was something I was looking for in the recruiting process, somewhere I felt that I could be at home, and it was a school that really had all those aspects as far as being family-oriented and really taking care of the players.
What was you favorite part of the recruiting process as a whole?
Just getting up there and checking out the campus, the whole experience and seeing what it was like to be in Norman. That was big for me as far as seeing how the town was and how the people were. Getting around the players and just getting to know everybody.
What’s it like coming with the ‘Looney Tunes’ and the rest of the Lackawanna squad?
All of us are great players. It’s going to be a great experience to be able to continue my college career with three of them. It was a blessing for all of us to be able to come and play together again. We all know each other. We are all real close and tight.
Did all of you talk about going somewhere together?
No, it’s just the way that God had it planned that we all ended up in the same place.
Do you have an assigned roommate yet?
I’m pretty sure I’ll probably be with Emmanuel Beal or somebody.
What was the toughest part of the recruiting process?
I would say the toughest part was probably picking a school and making the right decision. That was probably the toughest part. There were so many great schools and so many great opportunities, but as far as making sure I made the right decision for my future, that was probably the biggest thing. It was hard picking a school between Arkansas, Louisville and Missouri and Oklahoma. It was hard to pick.
What are you looking forward to the most next year?
Knocking people out. That’s my biggest thing: Getting to the ball and being able to show what I can bring to the table. I feel like I bring a lot of energy. I’m not your normal linebacker. I’ve got a lot of speed and athleticism, and I’m able to cover. I’m able to do more than one thing. I’m really like a safety playing linebacker really. I can bring a lot to the table and help the team out a whole lot. I just can’t wait to put the pads on.
Eric Striker fit that kind of role last year, what’s it like following him?
Eric Striker is a great player, but I feel like we are totally different. I’m totally different from him. I feel like he was a great player. He had a great career at Oklahoma. He left his mark. I feel like now that he’s gone it’s time for us to come in and step up and also the players that are there. We just have to come in ready to play and get the plays down and get the new terminology down to make a big impact. They left on a good note. They did what they did. Now, it’s time for us to come in and do what we do and finish the whole thing.
Outside of football, what is most exciting about OU?
Probably getting with Schimitty – the strength and conditioning coach. That’s my biggest thing: Getting with him my body right and making sure I’m healthy and I’m able to compete at my highest level and be the best that I can be.
Which assistant coach had the most influence on you picking OU?
It would probably be between coach Kish and coach Walker. He really sat me down. He was a former player. Considering that he went there, he knows a lot of the ins and outs of the university. He just kept it real with me from the jump and told me what I needed to know and stuff like that. He was a big part of me coming in and attending Oklahoma.
If you weren’t going to OU, where do you think you would have ended up?
Probably West Virginia. I would have gone to West Virginia, probably because it was closer to home and I probably would have gone in there and played right away. That was a major factor for me. A couple of my teammates went there as well. That would have been a great situation for me as far as going in and playing right away, being close to home and also being able to play with two of my teammates also.