Cedar Hill (Texas) High cornerback Marcus Green was smiling from ear to ear when he picked up an Oklahoma offer last Monday.
He thought about committing but held off. The plan was to take an unofficial visit to campus May 31 and commit then. But when you know in your heart, why wait? Green committed to OU on Sunday afternoon.
“Me and my parents felt very comfortable making this decision,” Green said. “There was something in my heart telling me to do this.”
Green had developed a quick bond with OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, but the OU offer was only the start of the week for the 6-foot-1, 176-pound corner.
In the 48 hours after the OU offer, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Houston and North Carolina all entered the mix. But he still felt strongly about OU. More importantly, his parents felt strongly about the Sooners, and his mom had no issue with Green making the decision on Mother’s Day.
“When I got the offer, my parents were like ‘Go to OU,’ " Green said. “It’s still close to home, and they feel really good about what OU offers with football and academics.”
Green called Mike Stoops on Sunday and said Stoops told him the commitment made his day. As of early Sunday evening, Green said he hadn’t talked with OU head coach Bob Stoops yet.
Even though Green has yet to see the campus, he feels 100 percent solid with his commitment.
“When you know, you know,” Green said. “I had no reason to be hesitant about committing. I’m not taking any more visits. I’m done.”
Green is OU’s fifth overall commitment for the Class of 2014 and second on defense, joining strong safety Vontre McQuinnie (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster).
It has been a disturbing trend with OU and the loaded Texas high school defensive backs class with OU not playing a big factor, but Green could be the start of some positive momentum.
“An OU offer is the top of the line,” Green said. “You can’t beat that. I’m so motivated right now, and I’m just going to keep working hard.”
Green said academics played a big part, too. He is looking to major in health science and physical therapy and said OU has one of the best programs in that department.