Oku Clarifies Status

Apparently reports of David Oku's de-commitment from his pledge to Tennessee were greatly exaggerated, according to a story posted by the Knoxville News Sentinel, which contacted Oku for confirmation and got clarification — sort of.

Oku didn't deny the statements attributed to him in a story by an online recruiting service that was picked up by several sources, but insisted they did not signal a change of his committed status. He further underscored his strong preference not play for a team that runs a spread offense in the story written by Dave Hooker. Something that has been speculated on as part of the Vols ongoing coaching search. However there hasn't been any kind of indication from UT's administration that a spread offense was a requirement for the job.

Obviously it's still up in the air, as it is with most of Tennessee's pledged prospects until a coach is in place and they've had a face to face. Ideally said coach will have some of his staff available to aid in the shoring up of commitments as well as the sewing up of what could be a solid, if not stellar, recruiting class. It all depends on timing and the recruiting prowess of the coach hired.

Losing David Oku would be particularly damaging to a team looking to up its offensive octane following a season in which the offense has never found itself. With Oku back in the Tennessee fold the commitments are at 17.

Rated a five-star running back by Scout.com, Oku, of Carl Albert High School in Midwest, Okla., is the highest ranked prospect on UT's commitment list. He plans to enroll in college in January.

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