Bob Stoops added another in-state prospect to his 2013 recruiting class on Saturday. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The newest Sooners will be making the transition from defense to offense in college.
The newest trend in recruiting may be prospects announcing their commitment via Twitter, but Tulsa (OK) Union defensive end/offensive tackle Dalton Rodriguez opted to make his decision publicly. At a Super Cuts. Not the most likely venue, but, in any case, Rodriguez gave his pledge to the Oklahoma Sooners early Saturday afternoon.
Unranked by 247Sports, Rodriguez is a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout and is one of the top several players in the state of Oklahoma in the 2013 class. He held offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas Tech, and Tulsa. Following the Friday commitment of another Tulsa standout, Stanvon Taylor, Bob Stoops and his staff are doing a much better job in this cycle of keeping the top Oklahoma talent in-state.
Considered a strongside defensive end by the services, the 6-6, 250-pound Rodriguez also plays inside at defensive tackle at times for state power Union, which has won five straight championships. Most of his highlight reel consists of crashing down from the backside unblocked on running plays or shooting gaps inside, so it's difficult to get a true sense of whether Rodriguez has much in the way of a pass-rushing arsenal. He does, however, move well for a player of his size.
At times, he can also collapse the pocket with his bullrush by overpowering opposing offensive lineman, but the concern with any defensive end of his height is that he can easily lose leverage to allowing his pad level to get high.
When Rodriguez gets to college, however, he will be making the transition to offensive tackle. Since he doesn't have any film at the position, it's difficult to project him there, but it does appear that he has the raw athleticism to play the position. If there's a concern, it's that he needs to add a fairly substantial amount of weight before he's ready to play the position, so it's probably best to consider him a long-term prospect at the position.
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