Each week, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo | 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
Committed: Dec. 12, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 76. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 59 defensive end, No. 149 in the Midlands region, No. 117 in Texas
Picked OU over… Oklahoma State, Utah, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Purdue and others.
State of the position: The Sooners have pretty good depth at the position but are always looking at pass-rushing difference-makers at defensive end. They don’t need anyone to come in and play right away, but the opportunity to earn playing time is wide open for any player who shows they can consistently get to the passer.
Pros: “He has the raw tools to be a productive pass-rusher with a solid combo of quickness and power, but needs polish and a plan. Okoronkwo has some limitations, but comes across as a high motor and strong kid. We feel he could benefit from a redshirt, but with a little time could develop into at least a quality contributor to a FBS level defensive line.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “A solid tackler who can be forced to reach and arm-tackle, and when he does get squared up he will wrap up, but can do a better job of keeping his feet and running through the tackle. You want to see a little more consistency from him, but he flashes a good initial burst off the ball.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Ronnell Lewis. That’s not to say that Okoronkwo is a physical freak the way Lewis was -- he is more a raw athletic talent who could develop into a versatile defensive end who can play a hybrid role for the Sooners.
Expected impact 2014. Okoronkwo could definitely use a redshirt season, but if he displays unique pass rushing ability as a true freshman, there’s no reason he can’t earn time on the field. Nonetheless, he could use a year of seasoning and time in the weight room.