March 27, 2008
Texas TE ready to see Norman
Oklahoma as of yet has been hesitant about their tight end offers but more and more names are beginning to rise to the forefront. One that is in the immediate spotlight, due to a visit to Norman in a little over a week, is Klein (Texas) Oak star Jordan Najvar. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound tight end says he doesn't yet hold an offer but the Sooners are apparently closing in on the possibility.
After watching some film the Sooners apparently just want to see Najvar in person.
"I've been talking to Kevin Wilson and James Patton for about three months. Right when basketball season was over when they got my highlights and game film," Najvar said. "Coach Wilson said he just wants to see me in person and see my actual size and then they can offer.
"I've actually grown since the measurements that are up on Rivals. I'm going to come up on April 5 and have a look around."
Najvar says that most around him have grown up fans of either Texas or Texas A&M, but that hasn't stopped him from learning a lot about the Sooners, in fact he gave a brief history lesson on what has taken place in Norman since Bob Stoops' arrival.
"This will be my first time to even be in Oklahoma, basically everyone around here is Longhorn or A&M but I don't really have a school I root for," he said. "I know a lot, I know they put a lot of players in the NFL draft and scouts are always there.
"I know the last 10 years they've won the Big 12 like six times, and Texas, Kansas State, and Colorado were the only ones to win it instead. They've also been in the BCS the last five years in a row I believe."
While Najvar's facts may have been a bit off, it's clear his interest in the Sooners is definite.
Oklahoma's interest in him seems to bear the same type of resolve as Patton saw Najvar last year while evaluating players like teammate Desean Hales. That interest was followed up with some talks with Wilson about just where Najvar might fit into Oklahoma's scheme.
He says his favorite things about those talks has been the Sooners straight forward attitude.
"Coach Patton is the recruiter for my area, so I talked to him at the beginning. Coach Wilson is the TEs coach and O-coordinator and we've worked on getting that relationship going. He tells me straight up what they are looking for. I know he is telling the truth, he isn't two-faced," he said.
With all the interest from Oklahoma that doesn't mean the Sooners are quite on top of things at this point. With offers from the likes of Arizona, Arkansas, and Nebraska Najvar admits two schools have given him quite a bit of faith in their interest in him.
"Arkansas and Arizona were the first two to offer me and that tells me that they have a lot of faith in me," he said. "Then I visited Georgia last weekend and they are coming down this spring and want to look at me a little bit more.
"Auburn has also been recruiting me hard. Virginia just wants to see me in person. They were going to offer, but something got mixed up but they should offer soon. Texas Tech, and Florida are two other schools I'm interested in."
Najvar is clearly heavily involved in his recruiting already but unlike some that's not due to enjoyment, he is actually trying to get the decision off of his mind.
"I enjoy it a lot, but it's not something I want to deal with during my senior year. I plan on deciding this summer if I find the right fit. I'd like to get it right out of the way so I can focus on us winning the state championship," he said.
"Last year we set a school record with 10 wins, we got upset in the second round, this year we return 13 starters, and have some key sophomores that will be starters. We lose a few big playmakers but I know that our team and the way the coaches coach us, we're not going to take anything for granted."
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