Monday, April 4, 2011
Kyle Marrs aims to be next great OU OL
By Corey Long
HOUSTON -- Since 2005, Oklahoma has had seven offensive linemen selected in the NFL draft, including three going in the first round. That growing reputation of developing NFL-quality offensive lineman was one of the big reasons that San Antonio Brandeis' Kyle Marrs didn't need to wait much longer to pull the trigger.
"It's a great school for linemen because of the offense that they run," Marrs said. "They pass block, they run block, they do everything from a lot of different formations and they do everything quick. It's so balanced and efficient."
Marrs, who measured 6-foot-5 and 317 pounds for Sunday's Under Armour Combine, had offers from SMU, UCLA, Missouri, Stanford, Notre Dame, Michigan, Duke and Houston, among others, but Oklahoma was one of the first to offer Marrs and that stuck with him throughout the process. Shortly after national signing day, Marrs made his decision official.
"They showed a lot of early interest and faith by offering me so quickly," Marrs said. "It gave me the opportunity to visit the campus a few times and get comfortable with the surroundings. I went up there for the Florida State game and from that point on Oklahoma was above the competition."
The interaction with the Sooners coaching staff didn't hurt either.
"I love the coaches -- Coach [Bob] Stoops, Coach [James] Patton and Coach [Bruce] Kittle -- and they coach every aspect of the position," Marrs said.
Marrs, a ESPNU 150 Watch List member, understands he has a long way to go before he even thinks about a walk on the stage at Radio City Music Hall in late April. He isn't 17 yet and there are plenty of areas that need time to develop before the NFL is even an option.
"With any offensive lineman strength is such a major component and I think it's something that will improve for me as I get older," Marrs said.
Marrs says that the Sooners staff has projected him to be a right tackle but it's possible he could also slip into the guard position. There were some rumblings about becoming an early enrollee, but Marrs says he'll arrive in the summer of 2012, soon after his 18th birthday.
He is also part of the track team at Brandeis where he competes in the shot put and discus events.
Missouri and Notre Dame were his other top choices but distance played a factor in his final decision.
"Missouri is a 16-hour drive from San Antonio, that's too far for me," Marrs added. "Oklahoma is only eight hours away from home."
Marrs considers his strengths to be his technique, footwork and athleticism. While it wasn't necessarily the plan to make an early commitment, he is solid to Oklahoma.
He also plans to see the campus at least once over the summer and will attend a few games in the fall.
"[The early commitment] it wasn't a plan," he said. "My parents and I talked about it and I was going commit when I felt like it was time and when I visited Oklahoma I knew it was the place for me."
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.