Posted by Bryan Fischer
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is a former assistant at Florida and still spends some of his time in the state at a beach house he owns along the coast. His younger brother Mark is an assistant at Florida State and is one of several coaches responsible for recruiting the state. Bob recently received a verbal commitment and one wonders if he made a call or sent a text message to his brother because he ended up pulling tight end Laith Harlow out of Mark's own backyard of Tallahassee (Fla.).
There's no wondering about a call from Harlow however, as he informed the Sooner coaching staff Tuesday evening and made his commitment to the program official.
"I actually talked to coach Stoops," Harlow told SoonerScoop.com. "He was very excited we were just talking about me committing. He was really glad to make me a Sooner and he feels like I do everything that I'm suppose to and he also said I'm the type of player that they needed at Oklahoma. So you know I'm very grateful for being that guy that's for them. I want to take it in and just get better everyday from here on out."
The 6-foot-5, 240 pound Harlow is one of the top tight ends in the country and is part of a strong class of tight ends out of Florida this year. He held offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Miami and UCLA among others but it was the one from Oklahoma that Harlow felt was special.
"With everybody getting offers from all around the country it's hard to take it in but when you get that one offer-the one that feels different than any 30 you have or however many you have-as soon as you get that feeling it's time to go. You can't sleep on it," Harlow said. "This year they only have what 12 offers to give and they are only offering one tight end and if you don't jump on it then it might then become to late so I kind of took it as that."
The Sooner's pitch to Harlow included going to the Oklahoma journalism and communications school, one of the best in the country, because he would like to get into sports journalism after his playing days are over. Although he hasn't visited Norman unofficially yet, a trip to campus is in the cards sometime this summer.
Harlow is the sixth commitment for what will be a small Oklahoma class of 2012. He is also the fifth commitment on the offensive side of the ball and should be a nice target once he steps on the field for the bevy of quarterbacks looking to replace starter Landry Jones in a few years.