December 1, 2008

Oku excited by Vols' new direction

Lane Kiffin will become Tennessee's 21st head coach later today and Midwest City, Okla., tailback David Oku couldn't be happier. Tennessee hired the man that Oku was hoping for since Phillip Fulmer was fired almost a month ago.

"That's who I was pulling for," Oku said. "I feel real good about it. I'm just ready to get the show on the road."

The stories of Oku's possible de-commitment waivered, but he set the record straight via telephone Sunday night.

"Everything is good," Oku said. "I talked to coach Kiffin and he let me know what was going on. It's all good. I'm committed to Tennessee and it's exciting."

Oku not only talked to Kiffin once, but he talked to the new Vol head coach twice on Sunday. The excitement came clear across the phone as he talked about his chance to play for a former NFL head coach.

"I've talked with him twice today," Oku said. "We are on the same page and I like the type of offense that he runs. It's exciting to see what will take place and get it turned around."

Oku has also been active on the phone during the holiday weekend. He's talked with a couple of fellow Vol commitments as he tries to build a bond with his future teammate.

"I've talked to Je'Ron (Stokes) a little bit," Oku said. "I've been talking to Tajh (Boyd) the most. We were both kinda rooting for Lane Kiffin. I talked to him a little bit today and I know he's excited about it. We both are."

Oku ran for 326 yards and four touchdowns over the weekend in the Oklahoma state semifinals. He'll play for a state championship this week and he's glad to have this behind him so he can focus on winning a ring.

"I've been dealing with football myself," Oku said. "I've got state finals this week and knowing this is over is good. I can focus on football now and not have to worry about any of that. It's just good."

In last weekend's blowout win, Oku carried the ball more than normal. This week he says that he needs to get in bed early and make sure he's is ready to go with a state championship on the line.

"I gotta rest up," Oku said. "I'm going to need to if I'm going to get that many carries again. We have other players also, but you never know when you might have to carry the load. I just want to be ready."

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