Recruiting: Sooners land a sleeper

Lawton MacArthur defensive end Jordan Nix talks about his commitment to Oklahoma. Nix, who becomes the 21st signee of the 2007 class, was a high school teammate of February signee David Anderson. (Photo/Mike Mazzo)

In an interesting development, the Sooners are expected to sign 6-3, 255-pound defensive tackle Jordan Nix.

Nix, a high school teammate of fellow Sooner signee David Anderson, will become the 21st member of the 2007 class. As a senior, Nix recorded 59 tackles (21 unassisted), 5.5 sacks and six QB hurries.

"They were looking at him early and they kept an eye on him, because Jordan never gave up on qualifying," said Lawton Mac head coach Ernie Manning. "When he did qualify, things just worked out for him. When OU had an opening, they came and got him."

"They were recruiting me since the state championship game, but I didn't pass my ACT," Nix said. "When I qualified I called them and let them know. They called me back last week when one of their players quit and it was then that they started to recruit me again."

"I've always wanted to play at Oklahoma. I really didn't want to play football anymore if I wasn't going to play for OU, so I went back up there on Saturday and watched practice. I met with Coach Shipp and then Coach Stoops came up to to me and said they were going to have a meeting and talk. Then they called me on Monday and offered me a schilarphip. Of course, I accpeted.

"Like I said, I don't think I'd want to play football if it wasn't for OU. I was all set to go juco and play for NEO. This is a dream come true for me. My family and friends are happy, and I can't tell you how happy I am that I am going to be an Oklahoma Sooner."

So what kind of a player are the Sooners getting?

"He is is exactly what OU's is looking for in their down linemen," Manning said. "He is a guy with great feet and great quickness. Defensive tackles don't have to be great in the 40 to have great quickness and explosion, and that's exactly what Jordan has. His quickness rivals Jammal Brown."

Nix can bench 295 pounds, but says he has never tested his squat or vertical jump.

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