Recruiting: Sooners land Juco Giant

6-foot-9, 345-pound Junior College lineman commits to Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Sooners have earned a verbal from OT Phil Loadholt (6'8, 345) from Garden City Community College in Kansas Loadholt, who is orginially from Colorado and was going to sing with LSU, but he didn't have a class that the SEC needs so the Tigers couldn't sign him and now it appears that he is going to be a Sooner.

He has already graduated, but OU is full on scholarships so he is going to go back to Garden City and play football this year. He will have two years to play two when he gets to Norman.

Loadholt will come to Norman at semester and go through spring practice in 2007. He will be the biggest offensive lineman that the Sooners have ever signed.

See below for our interview with Loadholt Wednesday evening.

JH: Did you commit to OU today?

PL: "Yes, I have committed to Oklahoma. I got a friend up there that is playing already. D.J. Wolfe plays corner for them. I signed with LSU earlier this year, but I had some qualifying problems. Things didn't work out like they were supposed to and so I called Oklahoma. Then I went in for a visit recently and liked it. I got to meet some more of the players and I liked the coaches. So I thought Oklahoma would be a great place to play."

JH: How much did your friendship with D.J help you decide on OU?

PL: "I called him when I knew I wasn't eligible at LSU. I trust him and love him like a brother. I trust him and what he tells me and he says he loves it at Oklahoma. I would love to play with him and won't mind getting on a team with him, because I think we make a pretty good package."

JH: Where did you play your high school football?

PL: "I am originally from Fountain, Colo. which is right near Colorado Springs. I played my high school football at Fountain Fort Carson. I was a three-year starter in high school at tight end and earned first team all-state honors in high school. I was runner-up for Mr. Basketball in high school basketball and I had two offers for basketball from Colorado, Colorado State and Southern Illinois. A couple of junior colleges also offered me, but I think I am better at football. I started to play offensive tackle at Garden City and was named second team All-American this past year."

JH: Did you ever live in Oklahoma?

PL: "My father is in the military and I lived in Oklahoma a couple of years when I was younger. My dad was stationed in Lawton."

JH: When you lived in Oklahoma, did you watch the Sooners much?

PL: "I have been a Sooner fan for as long as I could remember. I have always loved Oklahoma."

JH: What kind of year did you have last season?

PL: "I had 93 pancake blocks last season."

JH: What other schools did you consider?

PL: "I also considered LSU and Kansas State. Besides Oklahoma, they were my main two schools. I also had offers from New Mexico and Kansas."

JH: Are you a better run blocker or pass blocker?

PL: "I think I am pretty good at both. I am a pretty aggressive pass blocker and I will get after a good DE."

JH: What kind of expectations do you have about playing at Oklahoma?

PL: "I have big expectations at Oklahoma. I want to be on a team that is going to compete for a national championship. I want to get in there for the spring and start competing for a starting spot, and then jump into the Big 12 and start competing for the Big 12 Championship."

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