Rockdale, Texas is not foreign ground to the Oklahoma Sooners, who recruited two 2012 prospects that were on the Tigers 2011 squad. Daniel Brooks signed with the Sooners to play running back while top linebacker prospect, Derek David saw his recruitment get derailed by off the field issues.
Derek's little brother, James David is a talented linebacker himself that stands at 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds already going into his junior season. The 2014 prospect is already hearing from Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech while also holding one offer so far.
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That offer came from Oklahoma and linebackers coach, Tim Kish a few weeks back, which had David excited.
"The linebackers coach called me one day at school and he told me," David said about Kish offering him a scholarship to OU. "I was excited about Oklahoma. I like that school a bunch."
Back on July 23 David took a visit to Oklahoma along with his coach and one of his friends to get an up close look at the Sooners. David liked what he saw while in Norman and talked about what it is that stands out to him about Oklahoma after taking a visit.
"They pick the best players and they want to win games; I don't want to lose or nothing. The coaches seem cool and their weight room and all of that is nice. They help players get better and that's what I like," he replied.
David's visit to Norman allowed him to get some face time with coach Kish, which allowed him to learn more about the former Arizona coach.
"He is serious about his job. He wants to make his linebackers the best in college football and try to get them to the next level. He keeps up with our grades and stuff and I like that," he stated.
As a sophomore David finished the year with 118-tackles which resulted in him receiving attention from some of the top programs in the country. This upcoming season David is hoping his hard work off the field will help him to earn even more attention.
"I'm looking forward to more colleges looking at me. I have been working on my linebacker skills this summer and I am ready to get on the field and see if I have gotten any better since last year," David answered.
David is well aware of the opportunity he could have at the next level and is focused on doing better than he has been on the academic side of things. Good thing is he has two more years to go before he graduates which gives him a lot of time.
"These next two years I am going to try and pick it up and makes A's and B's and no C's. Right now, I'm just working on doing better," he said about his efforts in the classroom.
The race for David may just be getting under way but the Sooners have started off on the right foot in his recruitment and currently sit up at the top of his list he says.