After picking up 2013 defensive tackle Quincy Russell earlier in the afternoon, Oklahoma added a commitment from his teammate later Wednesday night in offensive tackle Josiah St. John. The 6'6" 295 pound three star prospect was reportedly down to OU and Kansas, but wound up choosing the Sooners in a Lebron-esque announcement via his Twitter account.
I made my decision I'm deciding to take my talents to Oklahoma Univeristy #BoomerSooner— josiah st. john (@BigStJo) December 20, 2012
Much like his teammate and now fellow Sooner commit, St. John fills a major need in this Oklahoma 2013 class as he becomes the Sooners first offensive tackle commitment.
St. John took an official visit to Norman during the weekend of the Notre Dame game and while he came away impressed with the atmosphere, none of the recruiting services could really get a feel for where he was leaning. Unlike a lot of junior college players, St. John doesn't appear to be overly concerned with immediate playing time. He has three years to play two, which essentially means he could use a redshirt year if need be.
He may not have that luxury however as the Sooners appear to be fine at the two starter positions with Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams returning, but Oklahoma has developed this system where they are regularly rotating multiple linemen in throughout the game. Which is something the OU coaches likely used to sell on St. John still seeing significant time even if he didn't necessarily win a starting job.
St. John is still a bit raw as a prospect and can have a tendency to play a bit too high at times. However even at 6'6" 295 pounds, he's the kind of athletic offensive lineman Oklahoma typically covets as he shows the ability to quickly get to the second level of a defense.
St. John held offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and West Virginia among others.
Welcome to Sooner Nation, Josiah!