It’s not like Oklahoma has never looked into Arkansas. There have been several prospects offered during the Bob Stoops era from the state. They simply never made it to Norman.
Until now with Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside cornerback Tre Norwood. The three-star prospect committed to the Sooners earlier this week and is geared up to make his official visit to Norman this weekend.
There was a feeling Norwood would wait until signing day to make the news official. That all changed in a hurry after a meeting with defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.
“The visit with Coach Cooks took it over the edge,” Norwood said. “He showed me everything OU has to offer me on and off the field. It’s going to be a lot closer to home so my family can see me play. He knows what it takes to get me to the next level.”
Nobody knew where the fourth defensive back commitment was going to come, simply knew that it was going to come. Cooks wasted little time in January, hitting the road and making offers. It seemed clear the first person to make the call was going to be next addition to SoonerSquad17.
It says a lot about Cooks and his ability to recruit because it’s not like this was a long process between OU and Norwood.
“They started talking to me about a week before the offer,” Norwood said. “I really wasn’t expecting OU to come in at all. I’m glad it happened.”
“As soon as they offered me, I knew I would have serious thoughts about going to OU. I’ve talked frequently with Coach Cooks, been talking to him like every day.”
Before that visit to Norman could occur, however, some things had to be done. First, Norwood had to decommit from Louisville. He did that earlier this month.
Then a trip to Notre Dame was put in place for last weekend. Norwood’s words make it seem like Notre Dame was terrible, but he said that couldn’t be further from the truth.
When Norwood said it was during his trip to South Bend was when he realized he wanted to be a Sooner, it’s not a negative toward the Irish. It’s simply a positive to the Sooners.
All the boxes have been checked, and it’s time to see the campus for the first time.
“Some people would say it’s hard to commit without visiting first, but I felt like I knew,” Norwood said. “I want to get a better all-around feel of the school. I know it’s a nice campus, but I want to comfortable with it and get to know the players and coaches better.”
It was an interesting senior season for Norwood, who played cornerback on one side of the ball and quarterback on the other. It has definitely given him a different perspective that he believes is going to be beneficial at the next level.
“It helped me with my ball skills,” Norwood said. “Being the quarterback, you have the ball in your hand the entire game. You have a feel for the game. I definitely think it’s going to help.”
Norwood said the last month has definitely seen a lot of twists and turns, but he couldn’t be happier with the end result.
“It’s a once in a lifetime experience,” Norwood said. “I’m glad it’s over. OU is where I want to go.”