Recruiting: Madu staying home

Norman, Okla. running back Mossis Madu talks about why he chose the Sooners over UCLA.

Mossis Madu, ATH, 6-0, 190, 4.5, NORMAN, OKLAHOMA:

JH: When I talked to you on Sunday you didn't sound like you were close to committing, but then yesterday you decided to make your move. What forced that change?

MM: "When I talked to you on Sunday I didn't know where I was going, but we (family) knew that their (OU) scholarship situation was getting tighter and tighter around me so I needed to make a decision if I was going to decide with OU. I liked UCLA a lot, but I knew that I had a great university right in my hometown. I decided why go halfway across the country when I can go to a great school and football program five minutes from home?"

JH: Was it a hard decision for you?

MM: "Yes, it was a hard decision for me. It was the hardest decision that I have ever made in my life. I know a lot of recruits say that, but in my case that is the truth. It was really, really hard. There is always that little voice in my head that is saying what if, what if?

JH: How do you think you are going to be used at OU next year?

MM: "I know I am going to be used on special teams. I am going to return punts and kickoffs. They have told me that I will also be used at tailback, but with Adrian coming back I don't how much time I will get there. They said they might use me at slot-back or wide receiver."

JH: Did you return punts and kicks this year?

MM: "Yes, I returned both punts and kick returns this year, and I catch punts well. I got four kicks to return this year and I took two past the 50-yard line and one past our opponents 40. I only had a couple of chances on punt returns. Last year (junior season) I had a 95-yard punt return and a kick-return of 70-yards. I had to run up and catch it on the run."

JH: Are you definitely an offensive player?

MM: "Yes, I am an offensive player. Tailback is where my heart is."

JH: Do you feel your skills fit in with what OU ask their running backs to do?

MM: "Yes, I am an all-down running back and I think I will be a good fit."


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