Even though it's officially the dead period, things are hardly quiet for Midwest City (Okla.) Carl Albert running back David Oku.
The nation's No. 1 all-purpose back said things have gone from bad to worse with his decision. Despite being committed to Tennessee, the 5-foot-10, 186-pounder took official visits to Syracuse and Auburn recently.
"Everyone is trying to get me to pick already, but I'm not ready," Oku said. "All these coaches are making it worse by calling and trying to talk when I don't want to. This is a lot of pressure to put on one kid, and it doesn't help that I've got some family stuff going on, too."
It's gotten to the point that Oku said he wants the calls to stop.
"I'm not taking any calls," he said. "I just want the coaches to give me some space. Too much is going on for me right now."
Oku has said all along that he considers himself a Tennessee commitment, but he's backing away from that also.
"I'm not committed to anyone anymore," he said.
"I don't have any plans to sign on Wednesday. I don't know when a decision will be made. I just need some space and some time to think and sort things out. Hopefully the coaches will respect that and understand how difficult this has become for me."