It wouldn’t be fair to say Ardmore (Okla.) High defensive lineman Tyreece Lott had become bitter about the recruiting process, but he was starting to wonder if it ever was going to happen.
Lott, listed at 6-foot-3 and around 260 pounds, was hoping someone would take a chance on him. But as we entered November, he was still waiting.
Kansas came around. And you know the story in recruiting that once the first school makes the leap, look out for what’s coming next.
That has indeed been the case as Big 12 schools everywhere are noticing what Lott has done for Ardmore and that includes getting an offer from Oklahoma on Wednesday morning.
“This has been real exciting for me,” Lott said. “During the season, I thought I had big games but nothing was coming. I had no idea how things were going to go.”
OU was always there, lingering on the outside. Defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux wasn’t surprised about Lott’s development, but it has been a grind to get him to Norman.
Lott was supposed to be at OU’s home game against Baylor, but Lott said he didn’t have transportation to make the trip. Then Thibodeaux wanted Lott in town for Bedlam, but Lott had already agreed to visit TCU.
He will return to Fort Worth this weekend for an official visit, but the Sooners have stated their case. Tentative plans have Lott visiting OU the weekend of Jan. 20, followed by Oklahoma State the final weekend before signing day.
Lott made a lot of improvements as a senior, saying he was able to be a lot more versatile at the line and make things happen.
His versatility will be something to watch. Lott said he’s at 250 pounds right now. He didn’t beat around the bush. He knows to be a defensive end that he would need to add 20 pounds. To be a defensive tackle would mean 40 more pounds. He’s confident he can do either one of them.
Thibodeaux arrived at Ardmore on Wednesday, and after talking with Lott and his father, made the offer official.
Maybe it wasn’t a coincidence Lott’s father was involved.
“Growing up, I really didn’t care about any one particular school,” Lott said. “Now my dad? My dad likes OU so I just followed him. He’s really excited.”
With this newfound attention, it’s definitely quite a bit for Lott to take in. He understands it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so he’s not looking to make any rash decision.
What he does know is he likes the relationship he has been building with Thibodeaux.
“We have been able to grow a good relationship so far,” Lott said. “He wants me to come and play, and he’s going to challenge me. Nothing is going to be easy.”
Lott sounds like a recruit that’s excited and a bit overwhelmed all at the same time. Until you ask him what he’s looking for in a school. No hesitation in that answer.
“I’m visiting these schools to see which one makes me feel at home,” Lott said. “Which one makes me feel like family, like I’m in Ardmore, like it’s my mom and dad. That’s what I’m looking for.”