RECRUITING: Sapulpa OL could make major impact

Sapulpa OL Carl Pendleton could have same impact current OU DL Tommie Harris had during his freshmen season. Where do the Sooners stand for one of the nation's best?

CARL PENDLETON, OT, 6Õ5, 255, 5.0, SAPULPA, OKLAHOMA:

Pendleton has been so impressive that the words have been heard that he is the offensive linemanÕs version of Tommie Harris. Wow! I really had a coach say that to me! Incredibly athletic and quick off the ball, Pendleton is a rare dominating lineman who loves playing on the offensive side of the ball, but he admits he is just like most and he really loves playing defensive end.

ÒI realize that my longevity is probably at offensive tackle, but my real love is at defensive end,Ó said Pendleton. ÒI really love mixing it up on defense and some schools are recruiting me just as a down lineman to come in and try to play on either side of the ball. However, more like me on offense and I realize that is probably where I will play in college.Ó

A three-year starter, Pendleton played offensive guard, tackle and defensive end. Last season Pendleton worked primarily at defensive end and this year Pendleton will mix it up at nose tackle, defensive end and offensive tackle.

Pendleton has great strength with a 405-pound bench, squats 550 and he finished third at heavyweight in Class 6A in wrestling this past year. However, Pendleton loves all aspects of high school life and he is the anchor on the schoolÕs nationally competitive cheerleading squad.

ÒWe went to Corpus Christie and finished third this past year,Ó said Pendleton. ÒI just thought it was interesting, but I never thought I would be a part of it. I watched the squad a couple of times and then was asked to give it a try. I didnÕt think I would have time, but they adjusted their workouts for me a little bit and when wrestling practice was over I would run over to cheerleading workouts and finish their practice. I really do enjoy it. Every Sunday I go to a stunting class to try to improve my skills. I am primarily the anchor on most of our skills, where I can use my strength, but I am improving my tumbling to the point I will start to be used in some other capacities as well. I just learned a standing-back-tuck and front-hand-spring recently and I am thrilled about it. Tumbling will also improve my athletic ability overall.Ó

Pendleton has been hearing from to many schools to count over the past month and he has offers OU, OSU and Arkansas.

ÒOU is looking the best to me right now and Stanford is pretty good right now also,Ó said Pendleton. ÒOklahoma has wonderful academics, a great program, great coaches and it is close to home. OU pretty much would set me up for life if I decided to go there. I am close to committing to OU, but I am not sure if I want to take any other visits just to see what is out there. I am real close to committing to OU and just concentrating on my senior year.Ó

Pendleton has already qualified.

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