After a long day of waiting patiently by the computer, paying attention to every last tweet, text and update from the University of Oklahoma, signing day came to a close.
Oklahoma ended up with 26 commits spread out in 11 different states. Six of the commits are JUCO transfers, the other nineteen are high school athletes, that will be making the trek to Norman during the Summer.
You may be looking at this and saying, didn’t she say 26… 6 JUCO’s and 19 HS players do not equal 26.
Let me introduce you to Laith Harlow.
Harlow, a TE out of Tallahassee, FL has been a long time commit of the Sooners. Rumors starting rolling that the reason that Harlow’s LOI was so late coming in yesterday was because they were discussing the possibility of a medical hardship. The medical hardship would not count against scholarships Oklahoma receives a year, which is 85. Though it would immediately take away his eligibility.
His LOI was faxed into to Norman, but his name was not on the official release from the school later on during the day. Stoops was also very careful to skirt the Harlow issue during his press conference yesterday.
Harlow is overcoming an extremely severe back injury, and had to have surgery. Some are saying that he will never play football again. By Stoops not pulling his scholarship offer, he would be allowing Harlow to attend the University of Oklahoma, still on scholarship and still able to be a member of the Sooner family.
Bob Stoops could have pulled the kids scholly, not have to worry about filing a medical hardship and get on with his day. Instead he is still giving the kid a chance. Pretty classy move considering that most head coaches would have just turned their head and forgotten about it.
He picked Oklahoma over Alabama last May, and I’m not sure he would be in the same situation if he would have rolled with the Tide.
Good luck to Harlow, and hopefully we will have good news of a recovery process soon.