Oklahoma has picked up their 19th verbal commitment in the 2013 class, and their second of the weekend, as Citrus Hill (CA) wide receiver KJ Young has confirmed he committed to the Sooners. Young, like now fellow OU commit Charles Walker, was in Norman this weekend and reportedly loved everything about the trip. Also like Walker, many were predicting going into the weekend that both would not likely get out of town before committing.
Despite his excitement, initially Young was hesitant to commit but as he told ESPN's Sooner Nation he knew Oklahoma was the place he wanted to be.
"I know this is where I want to go," Young said. "I didn't need to wait."
The original plan for Young following his trip to Norman was to take a trip to Iowa State next weekend and potentially even one more after that if time allowed, but evidently he saw enough this weekend to change those plans.
The similarities between Oklahoma's two newest commitments continue to the fact both were severely underrated until their senior film started to make the rounds. Young switched from an outside receiver to the slot prior to the start of his senior season and if said senior film is any kind of indication, it's safe to say the move was a positive one.
As demonstrated in the film, Young has some ridiculous ball skills repeatedly making the difficult catch appear routine. Probably doesn't have elite speed, but he's so smooth in and out of his cuts it almost doesn't matter. Has exceptional body control and is stronger than most guys his size as you see him run through a lot of arm tackles.
Young is a perfect fit for this Oklahoma offense, even when you consider the expected changes coming as Landry Jones (very likely) passes the torch to Blake Bell. And with Jalen Saunders coming back for his senior year, Young could possibly redshirt and learn under both he and Sterling Shepard before being ready to contribute in 2014.
However things may eventually play out, you can rest assured the Oklahoma coaches are convinced they plucked two underrated diamonds from the rough this weekend in Young and Walker.
Welcome to Sooner Nation, KJ!