Marcus Trice, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound cornerback from Mesquite High in Texas, was trying to keep his commitment under wraps until August 1st, but with seven-on-seven Nationals on the horizon he thought it would best serve the teams goals if he got his announcement out of the way right now.
"I actually committed the day after I got the offer," Trice explained.
There were many reasons why Trice rolled with OU.
"It is all about the program," Trice began. "They have always won games and compete for championships. It is a win-win situation. They are the Big 12 Champions and a BCS contender every year."
"They are needing DB's right now, and with a lot of hard work I can come in and play early. I feel with what I can bring to the table I can contribute. They are offering me the chance to play both sides of the ball and help out on special teams."
"Coach Venables will get me prepared to play NFL defense and the have an NFL style of offense," Trice continued. "They put guys in to the league, and with the systems that they are in they allow guys to show what they are best at. They put guys in the position to make plays and that is what I really love about OU"
The location also played a huge role in his final decision making process.
"It is about four hours away from St. Louis, which is my hometown. It is also about four hours away from Mesquite, Texas where I live at and a lot of my friends are."
Trice, who could actually play corner or receiver, is looking forward to working with and getting pointers from Bob Stoops if he ultimately winds up at corner.
"It is very exciting actually, because working with him will give me the chance to build a good relationship with the staff and most specifically with the head coach. I wanted to go somewhere that had a defensive minded coach."
"All throughout high school I have played for Coach Steve Halpin at Mesquite and they have coached that defense comes first and that is the way it is at OU. Defense wins championships and offense sells tickets."
Trice wanted to make sure to give some love to his close friends the Taylor's who have welcomed him in to their home and allowed him the opportunity to put himself in a great place as far as school and football are concerned.
"I would like to thank Darius and Darnell Taylor," Trice said. "They push me. I have always had a strong work ethic, but those guys have made me better. There is nobody in the nation that works harder than those guys. When I wanted to call it quits they pushed me and made me mentally tougher."
Trice finished his junior season (7-5) with 60 total tackles, 40 solos, 14 pass breakups and seven sacks. He says he can bench press 275-pounds, squat 445 and claims a 33-inch vertical jump.