Weekend Recruiting Notebook

The latest on DT Brad Girtman, OL Ryan Schuler (pictured left), DT Xavier Lawson-Kennedy and DT Lawrence Dampeer

Houston, Texas defensive tackle Brad Girtman and his mom are admitting today that he has changed his commitment to Oklahoma State, but I don't feel this continuing saga is over.

The Girtman's admitted that Brad has always wanted to go to OU and they have backed off on their claim that OSU has better academics. However, what gives OSU the apparent edge is the fact that OSU has been recruiting Girtman since the summer and the Sooners didn't offer him until right before Christmas. The Girtman's figure that if OSU has been that loyal they need to be loyal to the Cowboys. You notice I keep saying 'the Girtman's' and not just Brad, and that is because Momma Girtman will have as much to do with this decision as Brad himself, and she admits that.

The Girtman's have not ruled out the Sooners because they have spent an hour on the phone with the OU coaches today and they will see Bobby Jack Wright tomorrow. You know that Bobby Jack Wright is not going to give up on Girtman and since the family wants to see him, then OU still has a remote chance.

At this point it is a longshot, but they continue to want to talk with the Sooners and since Brad himself admits to the Sooners that he has always wanted to be a Sooner, then the Sooners are not totally out of it.

South Dakota offensive lineman Ryan Schuler is very busy over the next few days as he will tag both the Iowa and Nebraska visit back-to-back. Oklahoma assistant coach Kevin Wilson followed the Iowa assistant on their home visits on Thursday and apparently Schuler is still giving every indication that he is going to OU.

According to his high school coach, Schuler laid out a game plan last week for his workouts and for his arrival in Norman in mid-July. Schuler told Coach Wilson during that week that he wanted to report at 275 to 280 pounds and build on his body from there with Coach Schmidt. He also told Coach Wilson that he realized that OU returned their starting offensive tackles, but he wanted to make sure that he would have a chance to compete for the job or at least the two-deep.

Wilson assured him that he would give him every opportunity to make the traveling squad and that all positions are open every year. That apparently was good enough for Schuler who, once again reiterated that he still wants to be a Sooner, despite the fact he is taking two visits.

I am one that always worries about an athlete who is still taking visits, but unless he has a 180 degree turn around in his thinking Schuler is still going to be a Sooner.

Florida has a huge need for defensive tackles and this week the Gators hosted the No. 3 rated defensive tackle in the country, Xavier Lawson-Kennedy.

"I enjoyed it... it was tight," said Lawson-Kennedy. "Max Starks was my host and he showed me a good time. Florida is a place where I can get early playing time and I like the coaches, especially Coach (Larry) Fedora. Distance is not a factor. When you really look at it, it is like all the other visits."

Lawson-Kennedy has already taken official visit to Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Next week, he takes his fifth and final visit to Miami (1-24).

"As it looks right now, I will make a decision on Signing Day. I am open."

And last but not least, there was no word Sunday on DeCatur, Illinois defensive tackle Lawrence Dampeer's visit went to Ohio State. It is belived that Dampeer did not arrive in Columbus until Saturday and will not return home until Monday evening. Stay tuned...

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