Sooners get need, want in commits

In college football recruiting, there are necessities and there are luxuries. Oklahoma picked up one of each Sunday.

The Sooners first addressed a need by getting a commitment from defensive end Dwayne Orso Jr. (Birmingham, Ala./Homewood). Orso, a 6-foot-5, 251-pound end, flipped his commitment to Oklahoma after pledging to Western Kentucky in September.

Orso, recruited to Oklahoma by defensive lineman coach Jerry Montgomery, also had offers from UAB, Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee. Orso’s commitment is huge for Oklahoma, as he is the first defensive end commit and only the second defensive lineman commit for the Sooners’ 2014 class.

While Oklahoma is looking for more defensive linemen, it has done a solid job in recruiting tight ends. The Sooners managed to add depth to the position by picking up junior college tight end Isaac Ijalana (Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College). A 6-5, 255-pound blocking tight end, Ijalana chose the Sooners over offers from Illinois, Bowling Green and other schools.

Ijalana was recruited to Oklahoma by tight ends coach Jay Boulware. Ijalana is the younger brother of Ben Ijalana, a left tackle for the New York Jets.

Oklahoma already had two ESPN 300 tight ends committed in blocker Carson Meier (Tulsa, Okla./Union) and flex Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), as well as three-star athlete Dimitri Flowers (San Antonio/Churchill), who could be used similarly to how multipurpose standout Trey Millard was used prior to a season-ending knee injury.

Oklahoma also has juco tight end Jean Sifrin (Torrance, Calif./El Camino College), who has formally committed but is awaiting academic clearance to enroll, according to ESPN’s Blair Angulo. Coach Bob Stoops will have a myriad of options at the position next season and should benefit with a good number of returning offensive starters back from this year.

With the two new pledges, Oklahoma is now at 18 commitments for the 2014 class.