RECRUITING: Oklahoma RB narrows list

Glenpool, Okla. running says he's cut his list to three schools. Did OU make the cut?

COURTNEY TENNIAL, RB, 5'10, 208, 4.4, GLENPOOL, OKLAHOMA:

JH: What did you finish with statistically?br>
CT: "I finished the year with a little over 3,400 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns. For my career I finished with over 8,000 yards and 78 touchdowns."

JH: Were you a four-year starter?

CT: "I have been as starter since my freshman year."

JH: What was it like winning the state championship?

CT: "It was a perfect end for a senior season. Especially going undefeated and just accomplishing all of our goals. It was a like a movie, because our state semi-final game went down to the last minute against McGuinness and we came from behind to win the game. Nobody wanted to end the season on a bad note and we just didn't give up in the fourth quarter. I don't know if they thought they had it won in the fourth quarter or anything like that, but I just know that we were not going to give up and we did. I broke a 65-yard run to put us back into the game and we trailed 9-7. We then started passing the ball down field to win the game."

JH: How would you describe your running style?

CT: "I think I run powerful, but it is a powerful quickness type if I can say it that way. I can make people miss, but I don't juke people. I make cuts. I guess shuttle cuts to get by people. I think I can do well in any type of offense. In any offense I can find things that I can do that would be suited for me."

JH: Is it true that you clean the stadium after your games?

CT: "I work in the athletic office and that was one of our classes. So, as an assignment I had to refill the concession stand with candy and work on the stadium cleaning it up and things after the game."

JH: Do you play in the band at halftime as well?

CT: "I used to play the trombone in the band, but I have given that up."

JH: I understand you are an excellent student as well aren't you?

CT: "I have a 3.6 GPA."

JH: What is it like being a high school football hero in a small town?

CT: "It is pretty cool I guess. Glenpool is the only town I have ever known so I really like the town."

JH: What is going on in recruiting with you?

CT: "I am just kind of talking to people. I have kind of been narrowing it down between OU, Northwestern and Tennessee. I have already been to OU and I go to Northwestern on 17th and then Tennessee the week after that."

JH: What did you think of your visit to OU?

CT: "It was tight and I liked it a lot. I liked the guys and the coaches and I had a lot of fun. It is unbelievable what they have going on at OU. They went and won the Rose Bowl this year and they just have it going on. Quentin Griffin is a little different style of runner than I am, but I feel that once I get up on that level I can do what Quentin did. He is a great running back, but I have high expectations for myself as well. I definitely feel I can fit in up there."

JH: Do you have a leader at this point?

CT: "No, I don't have leader at this point. I actually grew up a Florida State fan so that really isn't a factor."

JH: What are some of the things that you are looking for in recruiting?

CT: "I will look at the coaches and how I blend in with the team. I also want to see how I get along with them. Most importantly, I will pick a school where I can get the best education."

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