Less than an hour before jotting his name on a piece of paper that would alter his life, Orlando Brown and his mother pulled into the parking lot at Sugarloaf Mills Mall just outside Atlanta. "Buy an Oklahoma hat," Brown's high school coach had told him in a frantic phone call around 8 the night before, so the 6'8", 365-pound senior hurried into the first sporting goods store he saw and plopped down $25 for a crimson Sooners cap with the "OU" logo stitched in white. Brown had never visited Oklahoma, had never met then-head coach Bob Stoops. But after Tennessee rescinded its scholarship offer 72 hours before national signing day—an unforeseen gut-punch that left the Vols-committed Brown bawling in his coach's office—it was the Sooners who trusted the word of Brown's mentors and made room for the offensive lineman in their 2014 recruiting class. Riding shotgun as his mom rushed him from the mall to his ceremony at Peachtree Ridge High School, Brown could finally relax. Angst and tension had given way to relief and excitement. Brown entered the gymnasium, walked past a gaggle of TV cameras and reporters and sat behind a table alongside his other college-bound teammates. As the student body applauded, Brown slipped on his new cap and inked his letter of intent less than five minutes after it had shot out of the athletic department fax machine.
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