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January 29, 2013

COLEMAN ON RECRUITING: Memorial's Romar headed to Oklahoma

PORT ARTHUR —



Matthew Romar has had a whirlwind senior season. He moved to defensive tackle, dominated up front for the Titans defense and has been in the midst of a recruiting struggle between some big time schools.

That struggle seems to have ended, as Romar committed to the University of Oklahoma on Monday, after a visit from Sooners head coach Bob Stoops. The 6-foot-3, 275 pound defender was in Norman, Okla. last weekend visiting the Sooners and the visit seems to have won him over.

The news of Romar’s commitment comes after a heated battle for his services picked up after the season. Romar’s top three schools heading into this week were Oklahoma, Texas Christian and Cincinnati. TCU was interested enough in the defensive tackle for head coach Gary Patterson to visit Memorial last week.

Romar was named to the Port Arthur News Super Team, was selected defensive MVP for District 21-5A and earned an honorable mention nod on the AP Class 5A All-State football team.

The bruising athlete had 48 tackles, including nine for a loss, with five sacks, one interception, one pass breakup and a forced fumble last season. He also scored eight rushing touchdowns on 12 carries and 55 yards.  For his Titan career, Romar had 12 rushing touchdowns, which ties him for sixth all-time in school history.

Romar becomes the 21st member of Oklahoma’s 2013 recruiting class. That includes nine other players from Texas and six defensive linemen. Romar played against one of his future teammates in Austin Bennett, a wide receiver from Memorial’s bidistrict opponent Manvel.

In going to Oklahoma, Romar follows in the footsteps of a couple of high profile Port Arthurans — Lincoln’s Joe Washington and Anthony Bryant — who starred for the Sooners during the Barry Switzer era.

Kingsbury, Tech visit Titans

In addition to Patterson and Stoops, another Big 12 head coach has made an appearance at Memorial recently. New Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has already visited the campus once and is scheduled to do so again this week in his pursuit of recently de-committed safety Jalen Barnes.

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