Finch ready for Sooner plans

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with running back Roy Finch from Niceville High School in Florida. He is the update.

It is clear that the size of the dog's heart is all that matters. And in the case with Niceville (FL) running back Roy Finch, it was obvious that more than 20 schools across the country saw past his 5-foot-7, 180-pound frame. 

Though there was an elaborate summer lined up in which Finch was going to try and make a number of visits, Finch recently shut it down by pledging to Oklahoma.

"I just glad it's over," Finch said about his commitment. "I'm excited to be a Sooner and ready to make an impact."

Finch had a little over 20 offers including programs like Florida State, Georgia, USF, North Carolina, and Stanford. But Friday night, Finch put the recruiting process to rest for the moment when he made that call.

It was a late night call and, according to Finch, Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy was taking care of prior family obligations.

"I called coach Gundy around 10:15 p.m. and I think he was coaching his daughter's softball game or something like that. I think he was in the middle of the game and just happened to pick up," Finch said. "He asked me how I was doing and then I told him that I wanted to be a Sooner. He told me that I made his day and that he was looking forward to working with me and sitting down and talking with my parents as well."

With that behind him, Finch talked to SI about what brought about the decision to want to play for the 2008 Big 12 champion Sooners.

"Oklahoma is just a perfect fit for me. Not only are the athletics great, but I want to major in journalism as well," Finch said. "I have family and friends there and some of my friends go to Oklahoma. As for the team, I fit well in the system and some of the things we do at my school, are things I would do at Oklahoma."

According to Finch, there is not really a definite position that he will claim once he gets on campus. 

"The coaches said that they may use me in the slot or out the backfield," Finch said. "They want to use my versatility. Sometimes I may even split out wide. The plan is to create mismatches so moving me around to different positions is the plan."

As stated earlier, the process is over, for now. And his initial plans as of now is that Oklahoma is the place where he wants to be. But there may be some unfinished business as far as visits are concerned. 

A few programs may still see him on campus over the next couple of months.

"I am confident in the decision I made and right I am a solid commitment," Finch said. "But I still want to get out to Georgia, Stanford, and probably North Carolina. But I am strong in my decision and stand by my commitment to Oklahoma."

He finished his junior season with over 1,200 yards rushing, around 300 yards receiving, and close to 400 yards on special teams. His touchdown count was 22 for the season.

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories