Things have been building up between Erik Magnuson and Oklahoma and finally the Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon offensive tackle has received an offer from the Sooners.
It's a big deal to Magnuson, a mean and fierce 6-foot-6, 275-pound prospect, because not only is Oklahoma another national program recruiting him but former La Costa Canyon teammate Kenny Stills plays in Norman and that could be a factor when decision time comes.
"That's a big-time offer," Magnuson said. "I'm really excited. I had a feeling I was going to get that offer because I've been talking to them a lot. It's definitely a big-time offer. They came out Monday and I talked to them today on the phone.
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"They knew how I played and then they just wanted to see me in person. They wanted to see if I could move so they came out and said I passed all the things they wanted to see. They liked me a lot. Having Kenny out there is a big plus because I have a friend out there."
Oklahoma assistant coach Bruce Kittle has been mostly involved with Magnuson, who will compete in the Palo Alto NIKE Camp in two weekends. During that trip, he's going to tour Cal and Stanford.
The Sooners now move way up on Magnuson's list but it's still too early for him to make any decisions. Magnuson said he wants to take official visits and now that Oklahoma has offered one could very well be to Norman.
"They're definitely up there not only because Kenny is out there but because they're a good football program, too," Magnuson said. "Having a friend out there definitely helps but even if Kenny wasn't out there it would still be a big offer."
Magnuson's plan is to take official visits to schools far from home. He said Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami and Oklahoma are definitely places he'd like to see.
So far, Arizona, Boise State, Cincinnati, Colorado, Colorado State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State have offered.