"No Reason to Wait"

With a verbal commitment behind him, North Mesquite offensive lineman Josh Aladenoye seems to be pleased with the school that he decided on. Now that a few weeks have passed, Sooners Illustrated has decided to follow up with the Texas prep lineman and see what is the latest and what ultimately led to the commitment.

It seems as though North Mesquite (TX) offensive lineman Josh Aladenoye was waiting for that one particular offer. And once it came, he wasted no time making the call.

"I was offered on Sunday and I committed on like Wednesday," Aladenoye said of his commitment to Oklahoma. "It only took me a few days or so. I just really wanted to commit to OU. I didn't think there was any reason to wait and I didn't want to leave OU waiting."

So the 6-foot-6, 340-pound Aladenoye decided to make the call to coach Bob Stoops. And even though it seems like the Sooner coach was taking a little time off, when Aladenoye was on the other line, it seems as though this was a call that Stoops wanted to take.

"He was so excited. And he was actually on vacation in Florida," Aladenoye said. "I was excited to make the call and he was excited also. I'm glad I made the commitment because right now I am only one of two who are committed to OU in my (2009) class. Because soon after I committed, Tyler Evans did also."

Aladenoye said that he also made calls to coach Brent Venables and coach James Patton as well.

Now that Aladenoye looks back on his decision, he is more than certain he made the right call.

"I know for a fact that I made the right decision," Aladenoye said. "I know that I will come in and play for a great coach with Bob Stoops. He (Stoops) does a great job getting the guys ready to compete and win. I look forward to winning and competing for national championships. And that is what I know I want to do."

In the end, Aladenoye chose the Sooners over other programs like Texas Tech, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Oklahoma State, and Arkansas. Early on, his only offer for some time was from Cowboys.

But during the off-season, Aladenoye saw his stocks rise after several stellar performances at combines.

"People started noticing me after I did well in competitions. I even won MVP at one of them," Aladenoye said. "At first it was just the Oklahoma State offer, but then I started hearing from a lot more schools. I ended up with a total of nine offers."

Now that the big decision is behind him, what is the feeling and does he feel like he made the right choice?

"Right now I am so relieved that this (recruiting) is over. It was enjoyable and I am excited about the outcome," Aladenoye said. "I am committed to OU only and I don't see that changing in the future."

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