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Bergan standout Kade McIntyre commits to Oklahoma

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Bergan's Kade McIntyre tackles Norfolk Catholic quarterback Carter Janssen for a sack in the first half of Bergan's 49-20 win over Norfolk Catholic in the Class C-2 State Championship game Tuesday at Memorial Stadium. 

Bergan standout Kade McIntyre announced his commitment to the University of Oklahoma Monday.

“Getting my process over and knowing I’m at the right place that feels like home, I’ve been at peace with my decision, so I’ve been able to chill out with my family today and enjoy it,” McIntyre said.

No one might be more excited than his younger brother Koby, who proudly displays his Sooner fandom with a well-worn pair of Oklahoma sneakers.

Koby was one of the first to know that Kade was calling in his commitment to Sooners head coach Brent Venables Monday morning.

“My mom (Lori McIntyre) told him I had a call with coach Venables and she asked him ‘why do you think that?’,” Kade said. “He sits there for a second then starts crying because he was so excited and everything, so yeah, he’s pumped.”

The 6’4”, 205 pound senior-to-be’s recruiting skyrocketed in the spring with a flurry of offers starting with Kansas State, Iowa, Minnesota. Tennessee, Oklahoma and Nebraska jumped into the fray later in the spring with the Sooner’s May 29 offer ultimately winning out.

“The official visit, that set it off for me,” McIntyre said. “I went there, the facilities were great, everything was great, but what set it apart from everything in my mind was just the people from top to bottom were fantastic, just so personal and welcoming. It felt like home for me.”

He also had offers from North Dakota State, South Dakota and Wyoming, where his older brother Koa is set to play this coming fall.

McIntyre, ranked as a three star prospect by 247Sports, had a breakout junior season on the defensive side of the ball, racking up 63 tackles—10 for a loss and a team-leading six sack.

Offensively, he hauled in 37 receptions for 873 yards and 14 touchdowns, all team-leading marks for the 13-0 Knights, who won the Class C-2 state championship.

The Sooners gave McIntyre the option to choose which side of the ball he wanted to start his college career on after recruiting him as both a linebacker and a tight end.

Hauling in touchdowns won out.

“I’d like start off my career at tight end and they are really flexible with positions so and I can start my career off at tight end and if they think I’ll do better at linebacker, they’ll switch me over,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre isn’t afraid of the challenge of going from Class C-2 to the Big 12 and eventually the SEC when Oklahoma makes the move to the powerhouse football conference.

“That doesn’t scare me at all, I take it as another thing to make me work even harder and separate myself from those guys,” McIntyre said.


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