RECRUITING: Top OL liked what he saw in Norman

Sapulpa, OK giant Carl Pendleton talks about his visit to OU's summer football camp


JH: How did the OU camp go for you?

CP: I really enjoyed it. It was great and everything, but I expected it to be. I got a chance to get to know my potential position coaches and I also learned a few things that will help my with my senior season.

JH: How did you feel about actually getting a chance to work with the OU assistant coaches?

CP: It was great. There is a difference from high school coaches and college coaches. It is a totally different deal. Nothing against the high school coaches, but the OU collegiate coaches have won one national championships and they know the very best techniques. The high school coaches also learn from them just like I do. The fact that I had an opportunity to work with the OU coaches will be a tremendous benefit for my career. The high school coaches that I work with are great and I will also benefit from working with them, but this opportunity to work with the OU coaches will be a tremendous plus for me.

JH: What positions did you practice at during the camp?

CP: I worked on the offense line, defensive tackle and defensive end. It was great to get some one-on-one work with some of the other top lineman there at camp. It was a great experience to go up against Brian Zimpel (Broken Arrow), Ray Stephens (Norman) and Chad Evans (Tulsa Washington) and see how my skills compare to what they have. I feel I did real well.

JH: Who was the most impressive athlete, besides yourself, that you saw during the camp?

CP: I would have to say that Robert Meachum was the most impressive athlete at the camp. His speed was incredible. Courtney Tennial of Glenpool was also impressive. I used to go to school with Courtney and played football with him until I transferred to Sapulpa in the eight grade. He was even better than I remember.

JH: Did you commit to OU or come close to committing?

CP: No, I didnít commit to OU, but they are still my solid leader. I went to the camp wanting to get an understanding what the coaching staff was all about, and I came away very impressed with the OU coaching staff. They are very personable guys and work hard at their profession. They are guys that love to work with young people and that is something that I was looking for. I have not totally made a decision yet, but I definitely havenít ruled OU out. In fact, I am leaning even more so to OU after the camp.

JH: Are you going to any more camps this summer?

CP: I am going to go to a lineman camp at Owasso, but this is the only collegiate camp that I am going to.

JH: Are you still planning to take recruiting visits?

CP: I still plan on taking a couple of visits, because I am still undecided. I took an unofficial visit to OSU recently and was impressed with their football program. I understand they are in the process of upgrading their facilities, which is a plus for OSU. I am also talking to Stanford and Notre Dame.

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