McFarland commitment provides recruiting lift for Sooners

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

There was an interesting story in the New York Times about the commitment of heralded defensive tackle prospect Jamarkus McFarland of Lufkin, Texas. McFarland was ranked as the third-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation in the 2009 recruiting class by ESPN.com.

The Times' Thayer Evans has received incredible access to McFarland and his family. The story provides some interesting nuggets about his recruitment.

But my favorite part of the story came when he notified Oklahoma coaches at 12:01 a.m. on Christmas to tell them of his decision.

The story details how Oklahoma defensive line coach Jackie Shipp started screaming when he learned of McFarland's decision.

I guess you could call McFarland's commitment as the gift that keeps on giving -- at least for the next several seasons for the Sooners.

McFarland arrives at a position of strength for the Sooners with the return of starting sophomore defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the expected return of junior DeMarcus Granger from his injury next season.