NORMAN, Okla. — Defensive end Dwayne Orso was taken by complete surprise when OU recently offered him, and it was enough to get him to switch his commitment from Western Kentucky to the Sooners this weekend after an official visit.
“Oklahoma is a pretty good school,” said Orso, a 6-foot-6, 255-pounder from Homewood HS in Birmingham, Ala. “I watched a couple of their games and they are a great team. I like their program, and it is one of the best in the country. Coach [Jerry] Montgomery said that they were going to start slanting their defensive ends on every play and that is what we do at my school. We are slanting on just about every play. I like that because I like what we are doing here.”
Orso, who falls into the category of some of the recent “diamond in the rough” type players the Sooners have turned into great ones at OU, is currently ranked as the No. 60 weak side defensive end and 38th ranked player in the state of Alabama.
He owns a 0.8059 rating in the 247 Composite and 84 in the 247 Sports rankings.
In addition to OU and Western Kentucky, Orso also held offers from UAB, Georgia State and Arkansas State, though a number of other BCS programs were beginning to show interest.