Even though Bob Stoops has been trying his best to ease the minds of the Sooner nation with all the positive comments about OU's offensive line, depth is still an issue.
Converted TE Eric Mensic, and the seemed exodus of the injury bug will provide some relief this season.
But that will only cover 2010, with Eric Mensic, Cory Brandon, Tavaris Jefferies, and Brian Lepak graduating after this season. All of which are projected to either start, or gain significant playing time.
So what about the void to come?
Recent commits like Bronson Irwin, and Stephen Good among others are expected to hold down the interior of the line for the next few seasons, which allowed the OU offensive staff to focus in on finding the "Book-ends" to anchor future lines.
Though OU has not over looked going after interior recruits like OG Jamelle Naff, and JUCO OG Jacob Fahrenkrug, it's the OT spots that will be in dire straights without being replenished in the 2011 class.
So this off-season, the Oklahoma coaching staff set a goal of recruiting atleast three Offensive Tackles to help fill said void to come.
Homegrown prospect Dylan Dismuke (Duncan HS) Duncan, OK, was the first Tackle to choose the Sooners, committing on June 8th.
Though the decision by the 6'6", 292lbs. kid was no big surprise. Dismuke is a life-long Sooner fan and has always dreamed of donning a Crimson and Cream jersey one day, so he chose OU over teams like Alabama and Texas.
Watching his highlights you can see why he had all the big schools interested in his services. His drive off the ball is amazing due to his natural stength. Although his feet are unpolished they are still pretty good.
The knock on Dismuke is his hands and technique. He tends to rely a little to much on his raw power and can let defenders get into his pads, a big no-no at the collegiate level.
Nothing that OU's offensive line coach James Patton can't fix with time though.
Two days after Dismuke commitment, the Sooners picked up a second OT on June 10th at the end of their two one-day camps, when the massive prospect Derek Farniok (Washington HS) Sioux Falls, SD.
Standing at an astounding 6'9" and tipping the scales at 315lbs. Farniok will remind many Sooner fans of now Minnesota Viking Phil Loadholt, who stands at 6'9" and is around 350lbs.
Like Loadholt(who was a runner-up Mr.Basketball in Colorado, something that helped prepare Phil's footwork for the OT spot) footwork with size is what sets Farniok apart from others.
But his size was secondary to pedigree with Farniok.
With his Father being a former lineman at Cloud State, his Uncle a former lineman at South Dakota State, and his older brother Tom Farniok now on the O-line at Iowa State (who was also recruited by OU), playing the OT position looks like it might be part of Farniok's DNA.
Both of these commits look to be future starters at the crucial offensive tackle spot for Oklahoma.
While Dismuke may take a few years to get a solid hold on the tackle position, the OU coaching staff are optimistic Farniok can step right up next year and compete for a starting role.
With two of the three seemingly locked up, Stoops still has at least one more scholarship for an OT, and it looks like that full-ride may go to Brey Cook (Har-Ber HS) Sringdale, AR.
Word has leaked that Cook is leaning heavily towards the Sooners, but may still end up going to Arkansas in the end. But his decision may not come for some time.
Though it's still very early in the process, if all stays to form, it appears that Oklahoma is well on the way to righting the ship of a depleted offensive line and continuing the outstanding offensive run of the Bob Stoops era.
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