January 31, 2012
Houston Hits Oklahoma Again
The Houston Cougars continued with their trend of plucking players from Oklahoma over the weekend when Lawton (OK) athlete Adrian McDonald after taking an official visit to the Cougars campus. CougarsDen caught up with McDonald shortly after he returned home from his visit and he talked about his first trip to the Bayou City.
"It was a good trip, I enjoyed it," said the 5-foot-10, 160 pound athlete. "I got to meet some of the players and hang out with them some. My player host was Spence (freshman Daniel Spencer). The campus is nice and I really like the facilities with the big weight room and the big area they have for academic help too."
McDonald was excited to not only know the connection to home from defensive backs coach Zac Spavial who is from Oklahoma as well but another recent addition to the staff as well.
"I dealt mostly with coach Spavital but I also got to meet the new strength and conditioning coach and he is from Oklahoma , coach Odom," he said of the recently appointed Brian Odom. "I think the receivers coach also has some connections to Oklahoma too."
Although he is listed as an athlete by Rivals and played quarterback mostly in high school his final destination for the Cougars may come on the defensive side of the ball.
"Coach Spav, he is the defensive backs coach and I think he wants me to play defensive back for him," said the Rivals three star prospect. "I've played both sides of the ball before and I can do some things with the ball in my hands so we'll see how it goes once I get down there."
McDonald had recently committed to Wyoming but started hearing from Houston shortly after and started the process that led to his switching commitments.
"I had originally started getting some offers and Wyoming was one of them," he said. "There is a player from a couple years back that is from Lawton that now plays for Wyoming (Sonny Puletasi who signed in 2010 with Wyoming) and coach Ray (Wyoming running backs coach Jason Ray) who recruited me for them is from Broken Arrow so there were some connections. Not long after I committed to Wyoming I started hearing from coach Spavital. I have family all over Texas including in Houston so that is good too. I went down there and it felt right so committed."
McDonald becomes the third players from the state og Oklahoma in as many signing classes for the Cougars. He joins freshman Rowdy Harper who is from Broken Arrow and signed with the 2010 class and Zach Johnson who is from Norman and signed with the 2011 class.
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