RECRUITING: Southlake kicker accepts OU's offer

Southlake, Texas kicker Garrett Hartley says getting to play for Oklahoma will be a dream come true


The Oklahoma Sooners must feel what many felt in the state of Texas when they offered and received a commitment from Garrett Hartley. Oklahoma feels they will sign a big-time kicking prospect in Hartley, and the coveted kicker is equally excited about becoming a Sooner.

"It is really cool that I get a chance to play football at OU," said Hartley. "I went to their camp on Sunday and when I got there I found out that I was the only kicker there out of 450 kids at that session. I went over to the indoor facility with one of the coaches and they filmed me. I kicked about 100 to 150 footballs that evening off the ground and then I did a couple of kickoffs and trick kicks. I guess that night they gave that tape to Coach (Bob) Stoops and he must have liked what he watched.

"The next day he took me over to the indoor facility and watched me kick and put me through some of the same drills," Hartley continued. "It was great because as I was kicking the Oklahoma Sooner football team walked into the facility and that was such a rush. It sounded like a Hornets nest in their, and as I was kicking if I hit one good you could hear some good comments from the guys.

"I got very lucky later because Uwe Von Schamann was a kicking instructor at the camp and I had a great opportunity to talk to him for a few minutes. He gave me a few pointers on kicking the ball off the ground, which is different than using the tee in high school."
Hartley hit 87 of his 88 PATs and he was 15 of 17 on FGs with a long 46-yards (season long) as a junior., which is his regular season long. In pre-game, Hartley has hit field goals as long as 70-yards. On kickoffs, Hartley had 85-percent of his kicks land as touchbacks from the 40-yard line.

During his workout at the Sooner indoor facility he was still reaching the end zone, or driving the ball through the endzone from the 35-yard line. Hartley has been the starting kicker at Southlake Carroll for the past two years, and played was key to their Class 5A State Championship and 16-0 finish last season.

Hartley was the goal keeper last year for his high school soccer team, but he will concentrate on football only this season.

"I received a number of scholarship offers from schools outside of the Big 12, but I wanted to stay in the Big 12. Getting an offer from OU is a dream come true," said Hartley. "I grew up an Oklahoma fan and getting a chance to kick for them, is like I said, a dream come true."

Hartley has qualified.

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