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January 7, 2014

Sooners riding high; meanwhile, Browns court Stoops

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NEW ORLEANS —

“We’ll make a home for Blake one way or another,” Stoops said. “Whatever he wants to do. I hope he doesn’t want to transfer because he can play a lot of different ways. We’ll find out with him and if this is the course we go on how we can make that work for him.”

Stoops also said a position change — likely to tight end — was also a possibility.

“The guy is a great teammate, competitor and a big part of this team,” Stoops said. “Hopefully, we can make it work for him … We wanna make it work for him.”

One more message to the SEC: Since Stoops spent the last six months being grilled for his comments about the SEC, he took one final shot when asked about it Friday morning. He gloated a little, but it sounds like he’s ready for the discussion to end.

“I’ve watched Alabama run roughshod over the SEC for the past few years and we didn’t look overwhelmed,” he said. “I also watched (Texas) A&M and Missouri the last year or two and they didn’t look overwhelmed. They’ve been in the Big 12 for 100 years and they’ve been in there for two years and they look like they match up pretty well. Enough of that talk. That’s nonsense.”

Message to recruits: Coaches can’t hit the recruiting trail again until Jan. 12. Thursday’s victory gave OU lots to talk about it and the victory is already paying dividends. The Sooners’ 2015 class picked up its fourth commitment with Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton, who is one of highest rated defensive linemen in the 2015 class, announcing his commitment to OU.

Stoops is expecting some major commitments in the coming days.

“I think we are in great shape, from what we are hearing and the way we’ve been communicating with guys,” he said. “Hopefully that all comes to fruition in a few days.”

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