Where does Oklahoma stand with Uko?

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with George Uko from Don Lugo High School in California.

After the Rising Stars Camp at USC, Don Lugo (CA) defensive tackle George Uko said that recruiting has picked up quite a bit. Not so much in the way of more offers, because his most recent offer is from the Trojans, but in the attention he is receiving from media outlets and college recruiters calling.

"Ever since I went to the (Rising Stars) camp, my phone has not stopped ringing," Uko said. "I guess that means that I am moving up in the ranks I guess. But there have been a lot of requests for interviews lately and that is OK."

It's clear that the added attention is not what drives the 6-foot-4, 293-pound Uko to success. What he is trying to do is find the right place for him to play college football and get an education.

Aside from the USC visit, Uko has made the trip to Oregon and has taken in practices at UCLA and USC on more than one occasion. The Scout.com No. 7 ranked defensive tackle has more than his fair share of options, but claims no favorites and appears to be open to every school that has offered him. 

But there are a few schools that may be out of the pack.

"I am open to everybody. It does not matter where the school is as long as it is the best fit for me and my family agrees," Uko said. "But I have decided that Oregon, USC, and Tennessee will be three of my five official visits. Oklahoma may get one as well, but I'm not too sure about my other two visits."

With that said, where do things stand with the Sooners?

"Oklahoma is still up there. It is a school that I would like to visit," Uko said.

Uko said that it is assistant coach Jackie Shipp who is recruiting him. The Don Lugo star said that he has not talked with the Sooner coaching staff for a little while, but has kept email communication over the past few weeks.

"Coach (Jackie) Shipp and I have emailed a few times, but that's about it," Uko said. "I want to get more information on Oklahoma. One of the things, other than playing in the national championship game, I like about Oklahoma is the winning mentality that goes on there. They have a nice tradition and I feel like coach Shipp is a nice guy."

Uko had 89 tackles and five sacks last season.


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