October 22, 2009
Is There Reason to Worry About Finch?
At the time of Roy Finch's commitment, prior to the start of Oklahoma's 2009 football season, the four-star running back no bones about the reality that he might start looking around. So as Oklahoma's season has slipped early on people have become greatly concerned about the commitment of the 5-foot-8, 170-pound back with amazing open-field moves.
Those concerns only grew when the Niceville, Fla. standout recently reiterated the possibility of a visit to Stanford this winter.
The nation's No. 83 overall prospect says there isn't much reason for Sooner fans to be concerned.
"There are a couple of schools that are still trying to recruit me real hard and my parents told me to keep my options open. I tell everyone that I am committed to Oklahoma. I just try and go to different scenery but Oklahoma is where I want to be," Finch said.
And any concerns they may have right to, have nothing to do with the team's slow start to the year.
"A lot of people have been saying that Oklahoma is falling off. They are 3-3 but I know what they have there in place and they are just going through a down season right now," he explained. "They are going to go out and play hard every week, they are going to rebound from this season."
While Finch says his commitment is strong he isn't wavering on the reality that he'll probably take at least one official visit. In fact now it seems another school has jumped into the race to try and pay for some airfare for Finch.
"Me and my parents talked about it and we're going to try and get out to Stanford and me and my uncle are going to try and go to Georgia Tech," he explained.
So what does the Sooner coaching staff, including position coach Cale Gundy, think of Finch's wandering eye?
"They have been cool with it, they just told me to be honest and be up front, and to let them know what is going on. If I do decide to take visits," he said.
With all of the chaos surrounding Finch's apparent wandering eye it was lost by several that he suffered a concussion early in Niceville's season. Finch says he has completely recovered from the issue and is enjoying a strong senior season.
In fact his entire team has been playing at an incredible level, a level that has seen them grab the state's top ranking. A ranking they'll be trying to hold onto against rival Fort Walton Beach.
"I've been good, the injury was a while ago, and I'm healthy and back with the team practicing. Right now we're 6-0, we play Fort Walton Beach which is a rivalry game, we're trying to get ready for the rest of the season," Finch explained. "We're having a real great season, we're never settling, we want to be a great team, not just a good team.
"We want to win big games, and win those close ones, prepare and do the little things for the coaches."
Early in the season Finch's team took out perennial Florida powerhouse Tallahassee Lincoln and while Niceville is always a well-regarded program around the state he admits that the top spot in the state is unfamiliar territory.
"Niceville, year in and year out we're always competitive in the playoffs but we've never had the No. 1 ranking. The last time that we got close to the state championship was the 2005 year, they didn't get all the way but they did get pretty close," he said. "But we're just trying to stay focused on the next game."
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