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Erik Swenson to Oklahoma: Sooners Land 4-Star OT Prospect

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2016

On Saturday, Erik Swenson, the No. 29 offensive tackle in the 2016 class, announced he will play football next season for the Oklahoma Sooners.

The 6'7", 285-pound Downers Grove, Illinois, native is the fifth-best prospect in his state, per 247Sports. He originally committed to the Michigan Wolverines in 2013 but claimed the school pulled his scholarship offer in January without giving a reason, per Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com.

Based on a quote provided by Brandon Justice of MaizeNBrew.com, Swenson seems to be at ease with his decision to attend Oklahoma:

The Sooners moved into the top 25 of 247Sports' team rankings and now have eight 3- and 4-star commitments. Here are some highlights from Swenson's junior season, when he averaged 17.5 pancake blocks per game and yielded zero sacks, per Hudl.com:

Oklahoma offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh is looking forward to having Swenson on the roster:

Swenson should have an opportunity to fight for playing time early. The Sooners offensive line was a mess at the start of last year, using a different starting five in each of the first four games of the season, per Guerin Emig of the Tulsa World. After a loss to the Texas Longhorns, head coach Bob Stoops found a lineup that worked, which included two freshmen: Orlando Brown and Dru Samia.

The Sooners lost center Ty Darlington and guard Nila Kasitati to graduation, though, so there will be another shake-up next year.

Based on recent performance and high recruiting rankings this year, the Sooners and Wolverines should both be successful in the near future. If they happen to meet in a bowl game or the College Football Playoff over the next three or four years, Swenson will have a great opportunity to show Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh what he missed.


All rankings per 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

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