Tyreece Lott's OU commitment is a textbook example of how recruiting works in this brave new world of college athletics. Lott, a defensive lineman from Ardmore, long seemed like a logical fit for the OU class. But with the caliber of player the Sooners were raking in last fall, it was hard to say if OU would have a place for him.
Of course the Sooners ultimately did, and they finally offered the talented 3-star in December. But he visited and then committed to TCU just days later.
Turns out that commit was more of a pinky promise than a hard yes, and some persistent work from the OU staff won Lott over when he finally flipped last week. He's a great get at a position of real need for the Sooners, capable of playing multiple positions and a safe bet to see the field in 2017.
Lott has surprising speed and athleticism for a guy his size, and his high school tape shows him running down dudes from behind on a regular basis. His initial burst off the line of scrimmage leaves a little to be desired, but he's already capable of getting around lazy guards and blowing up plays. Calvin Thibodeaux will need to work fast with all his new players, but there's real reason to be optimistic about this unit going forward.
Lott is no Jacob Phillips, but it was nice to be on the other side of a late flip last week.