The paperwork is all in, and one of OU's latest commits is officially heading to Norman this summer. Tre Norwood is a 3-star corner from Fort Smith, Arkansas who was committed to Louisville until a few weeks ago. Now he'll be donning a different red and white on Saturdays.
Many observers saw smoke when Notre Dame offered Norwood in January and, sure enough, he decomitted from Louisville the next day. But the Irish faithful were left surprised when their former staffer Kerry Cooks got him to OU in another masterful recruiting job.
Norwood's road won't be easy, as he's the lowest-ranked DB in OU's 2017 class. But stars don't matter once you hit campus. It's tempting to think that the Sooners finally figured out their cornerback situation down the stretch last year, but I think it's fair to say that Jordan Parker was a few more missed tackles, and Jordan Thomas a few more misjudgements, away from riding the pine. Oklahoma desperately needs depth on the edges.
Norwood's high school coach shared Mike Stoops's affinity for big cushions and containment play, so he should figure out the scheme fairly quickly. He's got a long way to go with tackling and tends to take risks that might not work out so well at the next level, but that's nothing Mike's shouting can't fix.
It's not often that the Sooners grab an elite Arkansas guy, despite the fact that they are, you know, pretty much right next door. Here's hoping the Sooners can make the entire SEC conference regret missing out on this guy.