Deliberance (or is it deliberate?)
Post No. 1,067
Hey everyone. Not much happening (yet) on a chilly February morning, so why not talk about football?
TB David Oku of suburban Oklahoma City still hasn't made a decision about where he'll play college ball next season. I thought my Gannett-mandated furlough could spark some profound moments of clarity for the young man. I was wrong.
He's still mulling offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Syracuse and now Ole Miss.
So what's his timetable? Oku isn't saying. The first major recruit to play The Waiting Game, Pennsylania quarterback Terrelle Pryor, made his decision in mid March last year. Could Oku go that long?
As Al Borges would say: "Oh, you bet."
Since an official Auburn depth chart hasn't been released since November, this list includes my best guesses as to what it'll look like in late August:
- Ben Tate, Sr.
- Mario Fannin, Jr.
- Onterio McCalebb, Fr. (from prep school)
- Eric Smith, Soph.
- Dontae Aycock, Fr.
- Brandon Jacobs, Fr.
Can Oku crack that rotation? He certainly could. He's a shifty tailback whose quickness could help him overcome his underdeveloped body. Oku is not ready to bang with SEC linebackers right now. The same was true for Carnell Williams in 2001, though, so being slight isn't a deal-breaker. Williams couldn't hide his love for high-speed collisions and missed parts of his first two seasons with injuries.
Oku looks like a different kind of back to me. He tends to elude.