Oklahoma Sooners Rack Up Three New Commitments for 2012 Class

By Luke McConnell

The Oklahoma Sooners are making a late push for star talent in their 2012 class.

Monday, two more players committed to join the Sooners in Norman in the fall of 2012.

Tight end Sam Grant, a native of North Royalton, Ohio, committed to the Sooners Monday morning in a surprise move. Many thought Grant would sign with Michigan, where one of his high school teammates will be going to school. However, Grant made the switch, becoming the fourth new tight end the Sooners will add to their 2012 roster.

Also committing to the Sooners on Monday was Zach Sanchez, a wide receiver/cornerback from Keller, Texas. Sanchez had 13 receiving touchdowns and nine interceptions for his high school team last season. Sanchez had originally been committed to Baylor, but always expressed an interest in the Sooners. Sanchez said he has been an OU for most of his life, and was disappointed when he didn’t receive an offer from the Sooners.

However, the arrival of Mike Stoops in Norman also brought an offer for Sanchez, and he jumped at the chance.

On Sunday, the Sooners received a commitment from junior college offensive tackle, Will Latu. Latu had been very high on Utah, but the Sooners eventually won out for the highly sought-after prospect. Latu will be a big boost for an offensive line that returns three starters and many more with plentiful game experience.

There are still several prospects who have Oklahoma high on their list of potential schools, so OU may be adding several other recruits in addition to those already committed to the program.

Monday night, in an interview with KREF 1400-AM in Norman, Sanchez let slip that junior college wide receiver Courtney Gardner will be committing to OU as well. A commitment from Gardner would be huge for the Sooners, who have focused a lot on receivers in this year’s class.

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