For the second consecutive weekend, Oklahoma only had one official visitor on campus. And for the second consecutive weekend, it was on the defensive line.
Ardmore (Okla.) High defensive lineman Tyreece Lott was in Norman this weekend, getting the full OU experience from defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux and his host, defensive tackle Marquise “Que” Overton.
Lott, a three-star lineman, committed to TCU back in December after back-to-back weekend trips to Fort Worth to see the Frogs. At the time, Lott said he was done with trips.
Maybe he was, maybe he meant it, but Thibodeaux didn’t close that door. Lott said even after the TCU pledge that Thibodeaux kept coming, kept recruiting. That dedication meant something to Lott in helping him choose to make the OU visit.
“The school was really nice and everything,” Lott said. “I had a good time with the coaches. The players had me excited about what’s going on.”
Lott has been a late bloomer on the recruiting scene with things picking up in the fall. OU was hopeful to get Lott on campus a couple of times during the 2016 season but things never panned out.
Despite the TCU commitment, Lott was honest in saying he thought about flipping his commitment to OU during the visit before deciding to wait, at least for now.
“I have to talk it over with my family,” Lott said. “I don’t know (when he’s going to make his choice).”
Lott had said before his TCU commitment that he wanted to visit TCU, OU and Oklahoma State. With TCU and OU visits in the books, Lott made it crystal clear there will not be a trip to Stillwater. This is purely a battle between the Sooners and the Horned Frogs.
But it is a battle.
“Both schools are really nice and everything,” Lott said. “They have a lot of the same stuff, the same qualities that I really like.”
So what’s going to set things apart? The ultimate deciding factor between the Sooners and Frogs? Lott is still figuring that one out.
“I don’t know,” Lott said. “I’m just looking for the best place for me.”
Lott would fill a pretty huge need for the Sooners on the defensive line. OU has two defensive linemen commits right now, but Thibodeaux is looking for at least two more and maybe even three depending on how things shake out.
OU hosted Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s Austin Faoliu last weekend. That trip seemed like OU did all it could and did everything right only to see Faoliu commit to Oregon late Saturday night at the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii.
Lott wasn’t a backup plan to Faoliu, not a guy OU only went after if Faoliu headed to Eugene. Thibodeaux has been there for a while, and Lott said when he knows, he’ll know. The plan is not signing day, just when Lott knows in his heart the choice is done.