A frontrunner for Uko?

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look George Uko from Don Lugo High School in California. Check out what he has going on in this SI update.

Some view the recruiting process as one they would like to be done and over with and make a decision quickly. But some like to research all options and check out everything to make sure the final decision is one they can live with.

For Don Lugo (CA) defensive tackle George Uko, that seems to be the case.

"I'm enjoying the process, but it's all coming at me so fast. But, I am taking it in as it comes," Uko said. "It's getting really heavy now. I am up to eight offers so far."

An interesting note is that even though Uko's list of options are quite impressive, none have wowed him to the point of being named a favorite or top of list status. Since the interview, Oklahoma, Colorado, Washington, Tennessee, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and Oregon have all put names in the hat for the 6-foot-4, 295-pound top defensive tackle. 

He has yet to visit any, but has a couple lined up for next football season.

"I have not made any visits right now but I know that Tennessee and Oregon have mentioned that they would like me to take official visits," Uko said. "I don't know who else wants me to visit, but I'll look into all of the schools that have offered me. But right now, none of these schools stand out and I am open to them all."

His latest offer came from the Sooners. Uko explains how it all went down.

"Coach (Jackie) Shipp came by the school and talked with my coach. Of course, he did not talk to me but he told my coach that Oklahoma wanted to offer me a full ride," Uko said. "This was completely unexpected and not just the offer, but coming by the school. My coach told me that they are really excited about recruiting me."

Apparently, Uko's film was quite impressive so the Sooner coaches extended an offer. He finished with 89 tackles and five sacks. And as stated before, there are no favorites amongst the programs, but Uko does plan to give a good look to Oklahoma.

"I'm going to look into Oklahoma. I have heard that they have a great head coach (Bob Stoops)," Uko said. "And I also know that they are a winning program with plenty of tradition."

Oklahoma, like many other schools, is looking at Uko for the interior defensive tackle position. But, because of his height, there is a possibility for him to line up at other positions.

It does not matter to him.

"Oklahoma wants me to play a three technique, but I'm open to any positions to get on the field," Uko said. "I feel like my size and abilities are my biggest attributes. I can get into the backfield and am pretty good at clogging the hole."

Uko said that many of the PAC-10 schools are letting him know that playing early would be a likely option, but with the Big 12 and SEC, he is not sure if he could come in right away. He is open to playing as a freshman or red shirting.


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