RECRUITING: Sugar Bowl a factor for Okam

Could OU could be in better shape for Dallas defensive tackle Franklin Okam than most expect?

SAN ANTONIO—Dallas defensive tackle Franklin Okam talks about his top three schools, his two remaining official visits and the effect of bowl games on his commitment during an exclusive interview on the eve of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Game. What schools are you still considering?

Okam: "Texas, Oklahoma and Florida." Do you have any official visits left?

Okam: "Yes, I'm going to Florida, but my last visit will be to Oklahoma on Jan. 23." Do you have a leader?

Okam: "Not really. It's kind of still open for those three (schools). After a lot of recruiting and you finally get your choices narrowed, you want to look at each school equally, so I'm not leaning anywhere." Do you see that changing anytime soon?

Okam: "Maybe after this championship game (the Sugar Bowl). Bowl games are a big deal (to me). I saw the Texas-Washington State game and they (Texas) didn't do so well. Florida also didn't win their game (vs. Iowa). I want to be on a team that is winning national championships, not just bowl titles." What interests you most in Oklahoma?

Okam: "They take some of the not highly recruited guys and turn them into All-Americans. To me that means they have great coaches." What will factor will influence your commitment the most?

Okam: "Comfort level. I want to go somewhere that I can be comfortable at for the next four or five years and have a chance at a national championship." When do you plan to make your commitment?

Okam: "Realistically, probably the week before signing day, but I didn't want to rush something like this. This isn't just a decision for the next four or five years, but really for the next 40 or 50 years, so I want to choose the right school." Last question, who will win the Sugar Bowl?

Okam: "It'll be a close one, but I have to give it to OU 27-21. I think OU's defense makes a big stop when it counts in the fourth quarter."

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