Recruiting: Frederick OL could commit soon

Frederick, Okla. OL Chris Messner says the Sooners have offered


Chris has always been thought of as a wonderful athlete in Oklahoma and that finally paid off last Tuesday, coming in the form of an offer from the Sooners. As of Thursday night, Messner says he hasn't accepted the offer, but he says that he expects to on Saturday.

"They offered me last Tuesday on the phone and Coach (Bob) Stoops said that I should talk it over with my parents and that they would talk it over with me on Saturday," said Messner. "I told him that the offer sounded good to me, but he thought it was best I really talked things over and then come up on Saturday to have my family talk to him."

Messner is a three-year starter at Frederick and has played DE, QB, RB, TE and LB. This year, Messner is working the unusual double of QB and DE. Last season Messner managed to get in on 69 tackles and 13 sacks, blocked two punts and one blocked field goal. This year Messner has blocked two more punts and returned one interception for a touchdown. In the last game against Linsday, Messner rushed for 127 yards out of the flexbone offense. He also added a two-point conversion.

Messner can bench 290 pounds and he squats 400, starts in hoops and is the starting first baseman in baseball.

Messner went to the OU, KSU and OSU camps this summer and felt he did well at all the camps. The Sooners have been talking to him all year, but the offer did catch him by surprise.

"Yes, it did take me by surprise," said Messner. "It was more a relief than anything. Now I don't have to worry about where my future is headed. I can just play ball and not worry about that stuff. I think I am going to commit on Saturday, because that is where I want to go. However, my family will talk with Coach Stoops and make sure everything is OK, but I can't imagine that anything would be wrong. I have always been a Sooner fan and I have always wanted to play at OU."

Messner has played all over for Frederick and has been an excellent skill player as well, however with his size and body type he is headed to the offensive line at OU.

"It is fine and dandy with me," said Messner. "I have played tight end so I am used to blocking on the line of scrimmage."

Messner has qualified.

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