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Texas defensive end latest Sooners pledge

Posted on: September 6, 2011 1:31 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 1:33 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Oklahoma has been the center of attention in the college football world this week, thanks to realignment and due to the Sooners' number one ranking in all of the polls. Fans of the team received news of a different kind on Monday night however, as Euless (Texas) defensive end Polo Manukainio committed to the school.

"For the past three months I had been going back and forth between OU, Baylor and Arkansas," Manukainiu told "Oklahoma is perfect because it's not that far from home but it really isn't that close either."

The 6-foot-6, 250-pound end also was considering Miami and Nebraska among his double-digit list of offers but liked the pitch from Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Brent Venables best.

"Coach Stoops said the same as Coach Venables," Manukainiu said. "He said that I'm physical enough and I've got the attitude and I'm humble enough to come in and play as a freshmen and get some playing time and he said that I have the academic knowledge to come and get though school and earn my degree. And also I could be lucky enough to go to the league with it and he believes I could do that."

Manukainiu is the 14th commitment for the Sooners in the class of 2012 and second at the defensive end position.

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