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June 13, 2012
'They've Done Everything But Offer'
There was quite a bit of talent on hand during the Sooners' summer camp a few weekends ago. Some of that talent were defensive backs from different classes like Steven Parker, a 2014 prospect out of Jenks, Okla. who already holds a Sooner offer. Another one was Desmond Cain, 2015 prospect out of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage School who seems destined to receive a Sooner off at some point down the road.
Oklahoma defensive coordinator/secondary coach, Mike Stoops was showing quite a bit of attention in both Parker and Cain during the camp. For the 2013 class though, the defensive back who was in attendance that had Stoops attention as well was Dakota Austin out of Lancaster, Texas. Stoops was working quite a bit with Austin on certain coverage techniques and displayed how passionate he is about the game which the 5-foot-11 and 167-pound corner liked.
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"We were just playing some off-techniques," Austin said. "He is real enthusiastic about what he does and that was making the camp more interesting. He is real passionate about it."
The Lancaster product gets the impression that Stoops wants to offer but has to get everyone on the staff on board as well.
"Well, from him I can tell he wants to offer but they got to come together as a coaching staff I guess," he stated.
Austin has plans to visit Nebraska, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech in the near future. At this time though Oklahoma and LSU, who has also been showing Austin interest are the two programs that have his attention. With an offer either team could be the team to beat.
Austin talked about what it is about each program that he likes.
Oklahoma - "I just like the tradition," Austin replied.
LSU - "That's just what kind of player I am; just a rugged kind of defensive back," he said.
Austin wasn't the only prospect from Lancaster in attendance. 2014 wide receiver prospect, Nick Alexander was also there as well and impressed the coaches enough to pick up an offer.
"He got better," he began. "I've known Nick since I was in eighth-grade. He's gotten a lot better. He has come a long way and I am proud of him. He's gotten a lot better."
There probably isn't any argument who the flashiest looking player at the camp was with it most likely being Austin who was sporting a San Diego Chargers helmet with a dark shield. What is funny about it all though is that the helmet still actually fits Austin from when he first wore it.
"That was actually my little league helmet," he replied.
Austin talked about returning to Norman at some point and it could be for the Notre Dame game during the season. Coach Stoops and the Sooners may decide to offer Austin by then but at this time have done everything but offer the talented prospect.
"As much interest (Oklahoma has shown) without an offer, they have done everything but offer," Austin stated.
From what the SoonerScoop staff saw at the camp out of Austin, it wouldn't be a surprise to hear of him receiving an offer in the near future.