Post-Visit: Carpenter Down to Two?

JuCo offensive lineman James Carpenter as in town to watch the Sooners take out Texas Tech 65-21 and he offered up this report after leaving Norman…

James Carpenter, 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive lineman from Coffeyville C.C. in Kansas was one of the top prospects in town this weekend for an official visit and he had a great time taking in the whole "Sooner Magic" experience.

"It was good," Carpenter began. "The game was crazy. It was real good. All of the coaches was good. The facilities were good…"

The fact that the Sooners have been able to have some success with JuCo lineman like Phil Loadholt and Brandon Walker really grabbed his attention. Carpenter

"I definitely like that they have had some success with JuCo linemen," Carpenter agreed. "Brandon Walker went to Coffeyville. That is another thing right there. He said it is a lot different (going to school at OU) then Coffeyville."

Carpenter originally from Hephzibah High in Georgia originally made a commitment to play for Iowa State coming out of high school, but a good year at Coffeyville has allowed him to gain much more attention.

Schools like Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Kansas, South Carolina, and Oklahoma State have all stepped up with scholarship offers following his 2008 All-Conference performance.

He has now been on official visits to OU, Texas Tech, Alabama, and Iowa State, but he says it will most likely come down to a battle between two schools and both are ranked among the nation's elite.

"Alabama and OU they are close," Carpenter said when asked about a favorite. "I just want to talk to my family about it and everything.

"And then I will make my decision."

Carpenter is originally down south, so in the end would picking a school in SEC country make more sense?

"Probably," Carpenter said as he thought aloud. "I don't know…"


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