Houston (Texas) George Bush offensive tackle Russell Okung knew early on that his team would not be making the playoffs, so he's been putting a high priority on recruiting ever since the last game of the season took place this past week.
Losing several games on the year, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Okung had to go out as a senior with only a one win under his belt during his final season of high school football. He admits it opens up some time, but still is very disappointing.
"I guess it helps out so I can concentrate on recruiting, but I still wanted to go to the playoffs," Okung said. "We just got outplayed. It's that simple."
Okung is trying to get his five official visits lined up. He's not planning on narrowing it down extensively, but rather just setting up trips as they become available.
The No. 90 rated prospect in the state of Texas has some schools on that list that he is thinking about a little harder than others.
"Right now, I'm thinking a lot about LSU, Oklahoma because they just offered, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M," Okung said. "I'm just still trying to make sure I know enough about each school to decide whether or not to visit."
He admits that he was trying to make it to some college football games for those official visits, but with the season winding down, that may not take place.
"I'll be getting things working here soon because I want to have things all settled before Signing Day," Okung, the No. 45 rated offensive tackle in the country, said. "When I think I'm ready, I'll decide."