Favors keeping an open mind

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at safety Rashod Favors from Fort Worth Dunbar. Check out what he had to say in this SI update.

In the Lone Star State, there are quite a few talented players at the safety position. Seven of them have already committed to select colleges. But one in particular has made it clear that he plans to check out as many options as possible before making his choice.

In fact, all of this attention has come to Fort Worth Dunbar's Rashod Favors so quickly that he has yet to weigh the pros and cons of the schools that have extended him an offer.

"I knew that I had the ability to play on the college level, but I did not think it would be like this," Favors said in a recent interview. "I have 15-20 offers right now and it is exciting. I am going to get started on doing my research on the schools and make a decision after my senior football season."

As it stands, some of the nation's top football programs have extended him an offer. TCU, Nebraska, Stanford, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Tennessee, and Minnesota are some of the schools looking for him to sign in 2010.

The Horned Frog program is the only place Favors has visited to date, but there are a few places he has lined up for the spring and summer.

"I want to make some spring practices and games," Favors said. "Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M are some of the schools I want to check out."

With the camp circuit, Favors does not have any lined up, but does plan to attend a few combines in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. 

When it comes down to choosing or researching different programs, Favors wants a family, home-felt atmosphere and a tenacious defensive squad.

He spoke on one place in particular that had at least one of those characteristics.

"I like a defense that gets after the ball and Oklahoma has that," Favors said. "But as I look over all of the schools, I have to see what Oklahoma offers that the others don't."

Favors has spoken to two coaches on the Sooner staff since the process, assistant coaches Cale Gundy and Jay Norvell.

"The last time I talked with coach Norvell was in February. He was telling me that he wanted to see me at OU," Favors said. "They tell me that I will fit into their defensive scheme well and that I was the type of player they are looking for."

From his (Favors') description, he sees himself as a "playmaker on defense who is a go-to guy when a play is to be made." He said that if he is not making it the play, he is right there near the pile ready for action. 

And while he plays the safety position at Dunbar, he will play a little different technique if Oklahoma is his school of choice.

"They want me to play that new hybrid position. I wouldn't be a safety or a linebacker, but kind of play both," Favors said. "It would depend on the defense where I line up, but I'm sure I could play that position."

Favors said tat he wants to make his way to Norman in April for a practice. He said he might also try and be in town for the spring game on April 11. He recorded 60 tackles and four pass break-ups as a junior.


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