Recruiting: Lineman switches commitment

Enid, Okla. offensive lineman Kody Cooke talks about his commitment to Oklahoma.

Kody Cooke, OL, 6'5, 290, 5.4, ENID, OKLAHOMA:

JH: You have been committed to Texas Tech since the summer, so tell me the reasoning behind your latest decision to be an Oklahoma Sooner instead?

KC: "I was committed to Texas Tech, but for this past month OU has been on me pretty hard. Actually, they have been on me since I was a sophomore. OU offered me about a month a go, but we all decided to keep it quiet. Since I had committed to Texas Tech, I really needed to think things over and I wanted to do it on my own. So, nothing was said.

"I told my dad this week that I wanted to go to OU and see the game and talk to Coach (James) Patton and Coach (Bob) Stoops, and see what they have to say and where I fit in. At the game, I just loved it and realized that Oklahoma was where I wanted to play. It's the school that I have always loved and was the school that I wanted to play for."

JH: Have you told Texas Tech the news?

KC: "I told Texas Tech tonight. Going into it, I was dreading it because they have been so good to me. It was really tough, but I did it. It didn't slide the way I wanted it to because Coach (Seth) Littrell was angry with my decision. I knew that is what I needed to do and I had to do it this way. So, I had to do it."

JH: Is this actually a case of you finally getting a chance to go where you wanted to because OU finally offered you? If you had been offered by OU in the summer, you would've committed to OU back then isn't that correct?

KC: "Oh, definitely. The situation that I looked at before I committed to Texas Tech was that I wanted to go to two camps this summer. I decided to go to Texas Tech and OU and Tech offered pretty quick after camp. OU didn't have any scholarships at the time, because they were only going to take three offensive linemen and I didn't feel I could pass up on a scholarship from Tech.

"Then about a month ago, coach Patton called and talked to my coach. Then I got a scholarship offer in the mail recently, and that is when I decided to go and talk to coach Stoops at the game."

JH: Are you going to be a guard or tackle at the next level?

KC: "A lot of people have me as a guard, but talking to OU last night they think I am a guard who can move into being a tackle. I am pretty rangy and I have long arms, so I think I could play offensive tackle."

JH: Haven't you always played tackle?

KC: "I have been a tackle my whole high school career and I enjoy playing tackle. It is probably one of the hardest positions to play on the field, because you have to defend against rush ends and stuff. But I will play wherever they want me to play. I want to help the team anyway that I can."

JH: What do you bench and squat? And did Enid High keep grades for offensive linemen last year?

KC: "Last year I graded out at 88 percent. I can bench 320 and squat 450. I also had a 23-inch vertical."

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