In what could prove to be the first of at least a couple commitments coming out of the weekend, as first reported by The Football Brainiacs Oklahoma has added their sixteenth verbal commitment in this 2014 class. 6'6" 254 pound defensive end Dwayne Orso (VIDEO) out of Homewood, Alabama was in Norman this weekend on an official visit and evidently saw enough to switch his commitment from Western Kentucky to the Sooners.
As you can tell from his listed height and weight, Orso is a massive kid not just for his age but his position as well. He's much bigger than almost any defensive end OU has recruited in years past, but projects as an ideal fit if the Sooners continue to implement the three man defensive line we've seen this season.
Many might look at Orso's offer list or pick up on his now previous commitment to Western Kentucky mentioned above and scoff at whether or not this news is any kind of a big deal.
If you're one of those people to watch all the film of Orso that you can find. There are a variety of reasons why kids get overlooked by recruiting services and obviously not every two-star kid (like Orso is per Rivals) turns out to be drastically underrated. But for a kid his size, Orso's athleticism certainly stands out on film almost immediately.
Here is some more from they guys at Football Brainiacs on what Oklahoma is getting in Orso:
Football guys know everyone claims to be 6'5 but there is a big difference between 6'4 and 6'5. Dwayne is one of those rare 6'5 guys and he's "slim" even at 255 lbs. In other words there is no telling right now just how big he can be. Oklahoma is currently looking at him as a 4i DEnd but Dwayne's coach admitted that he might very well grown into a nose guard. He's that big. He has a huge frame - big feet, big hands, long body. Homewood Alabama High School, Dwayne's High School, is home to another great lineman; star offensive lineman Jordan Sims. Jordan boasts offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Oklahoma and the list goes on and on. And let's just say that the matchups between Dwayne and Jordan are competitive! In other words Dwayne can, and does, go up against the best and he can handle business.
I could go on and on about how guys as big as Dwayne don't grow on trees and how guys as big as Dwayne that can move like him are even more rare but I've probably covered that ground in my previous post. What you really need to understand is that in terms of his skills, strength, quickness, hand usage, etc. he's still only scratching the surface. Dwayne grew up more of a basketball guy but he's dead set on football now. Again, that should remind OU fans of Charles Tapper.
If there is any downside to today's news, it's that word of Orso's commitment will only draw the attention of schools around the country, most notably those in SEC territory where Orso resides. If they turn the heat up, as some expect them to do, it could be difficult to keep him committed, but at this point there is no reason to think that is a likelihood. Simply stating the reality of the situation as it stands today.
As mentioned in the open, Orso becomes Oklahoma's 16th verbal commitment in this 2014 class. He is OU's seventh commit on the defensive side of the ball and their first defensive end commit.