Now, as Habern enters his redshirt freshman season as the penciled-in starter for Bob Stoops and the Sooners, Norman has attracted yet another blue-chip recruit at center, as Rockwall-Heath's Austin Woods orally committed on Wednesday to play for Oklahoma, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2010 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 3.
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The Rockwall-Heath junior stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs in at 290, nearly identical specs to those of Habern, who was a U.S. Army All-American after a dominant career at the TAPPS level.
Woods is just a four-star recruit at the moment, but he should see his stock climb even more, if that's really possible, with a good senior season. As of now, Woods is the fourth-ranked center in the country according to Rivals.com.
Woods is one of a few returning big names for Rockwall-Heath, who lost a big number of stud players from last season, highlighted by running back Kendial Lawrence (Missouri), that led the Hawks to a breakout season last year. Without the blue-chipper in the backfield, Woods and his linemates up front will be counted on heavily to keep the Hawks' attack going this season.
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