Oklahoma’s class for 2023 has taken shape rapidly in recent weeks, and the Sooners have landed almost half of the class in the last two weeks. And on Sunday, they added to their highest-ranked defensive commitment to date in the form of North Kansas City, Mo. Rivals 250 defensive end Adepoju Adebawore (Ad-uh-BAR-ay).
For the nation’s No. 116 player, and No. 8 on the weak defensive side, it seems that the decision to choose Oklahoma had been the most likely option since his first visit to Norman on March 25.
“After my first unofficial March, I would not say I knew it, but it was definitely the school I leaned most towards,” said Adebawore. It was not like “I’m definitely going here”, but after the official visit it really sealed the agreement that my parents could come with me down there this time – to be able to see everything.
“I just had to make sure to take my time and really think about it and dwell on it before I made it official, but I still knew it.”
Missouri’s No. 8 overall prospect, and the second state product promising with Sooners this weekend – after Cayden Green on Friday – says that even though he is aware of Oklahoma’s visiting policy with commitments to him, it was always just a question of “why wait”?
It’s a feeling that was repeated by his future coach, Miguel Chavis.
“With (Chavis) he already knew I wanted to go, already. He was trying to figure out ‘if you already know, what’s stopping you?'” He recalled.
For Adebawore, who also made official visits to Northwestern and Missouri, if it were not for the Sooners, not only would his decision have been much more difficult, but it would have come later in the year.
“A wide range of things (went into my choice), so many different things that fit what I do, what my family is about. I remember going through the process and before I took any visits there, I remember that I thought “this is going to be a difficult decision, many this is going to be very tough.” And to be honest, Oklahoma made that decision a lot easier.
“If I were not going to Oklahoma, I would probably pay more visits.”
Even if it’s not exactly that Brent VenablesNo committed players who take official visitor policy are meant to create it is a school that he admits he would have liked to have seen. But in the end, it would be an empty visit in Adebawore’s eyes.
“I’ve never been to LSU, but it’s one of the things I’ve asked enough questions. I know it’s not going to change my decision because of the questions I asked,” he explained.
“I mean, I knew the (LSU) official was going to be fine, if I go down there it’s going to be fine, but I know deep down where I want to be.”
The winger says his decision really came to Missouri, Northwestern and LSU along with the Sooners. Even USC was interested in Adebawore, but he says the Trojans were “on the other side of the planet, and that plays a role”.
Adebawore is ready to have his commitment in the rearview mirror and see the phone ring a little less, but he knows that this will not alleviate all his recruitment calls. And to a certain extent, he embraces that reality.
“Overall, I’m definitely done. I mean, if other coaches want to talk to me, I’m not going to say ‘no, leave me alone.’ “I’m leaving Venables. I want to make sure I have something to fall back on,” said Adebawore.
“(But), I’m going to keep telling them I’m engaged.”
And although Adebawore is ready to be a committed player, he will not be the type to chase too many recruits to join him. There’s one he’s quite familiar with that he’s already started working on.
Definitely, I’m really already started to, not necessarily make it public, but to send text messages (Hill) personally. When I talk about adding him, I’m not a big guy on social media, you have to build your brand and do all this. I made an Instagram this year because I hear you want to build your brand and do all this.