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Fayetteville, Ga., native Jarrett Crittenton is one of the top junior college players in the country this season and currently claims to holds somewhere between 15 and 17 written scholarship offers. Clemson currently leads for the athletic defensive lineman, but Oklahoma is far from out of the race for his services.

Jarrett Crittenton, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound defensive end from North Dakota State in Wahpeton, N.D., currently holds offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Purdue, Mississippi State, Nebraska and about half a dozen more according to him in a conversation with Scout.com recently. We spoke to Crittenton about Oklahoma and recruiting in general and asked him what he feels he needs to work on moving to the next level.

"I think my strengths are my quickness and how effectively I use my hands, but I need to develop more moves this season because I typically just rip a lot on go inside/out on the offensive lineman," Crittenton said. "I think I could do a better job keeping my pad level low and knees bent and also need to work on my angles in pursuit this year."

"Out of all the offers I have right now I would say Clemson is my leader because I like the idea of playing in Death Valley, however the fact that it is close to home has absolutely nothing to do with it," Crittenton stated. "It doesn't matter to me where I play around the country as long as it fits me. I also really like Kansas State, Texas A&M and Arkansas."

With all of those offers on the table and without a visit to Norman in the books, we asked Crittenton just where the Sooners stood for his services. A young man that seemed quick to get to the point, Crittenton was very fast to answer that question.

"Oklahoma would round out my top five with those other schools I previously mentioned to you," Crittenton explained. "I want to take an unofficial visit there this summer and would like to see a game officially, but I may have my decision made by the end of the summer, so I don't know how that would work with each school. Academics will play a big role in my decision and I need to be somewhere that I am both comfortable with the team and the community surrounding it. I also need to know that I will have my fair chance to play and Oklahoma has told me I would."

"Coach (Chris) Wilson is my recruiter and he visited me this year and talked to me a lot about the past success they have had at Oklahoma," Crittenton added. "As he was talking I couldn't help but notice his Big Twelve Championship ring because the thing was full of diamonds and just really nice. I know they have a winning program and recently won a national championship which plays a big role. I watched Oklahoma play a few games this season and really liked watching Adrian Peterson. I watched the game that he broke his collarbone in this season and then saw their bowl game against Boise State which was a great game. Coach Wilson and I text back and forth a lot and he says they like me at defensive end and just want to get me on campus to see what they have to offer. Hopefully I will be able to visit by the end of the summer when I make my decision, but like I said, I don't know for sure yet."

North Dakota State College of Science Head Coach Chuck Parsons says :

I'd say that Jarrett is an intense player. He has a lot of range, capable of making plays that come to him and capable of making plays that go away from him. His motor doesn't stop and he plays with great leverage for such a big guy.

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