Savage quietly making solid impression

He wasn't the most hyped commit. He wasn't the most hyped juco signee, but offensive guard Dionte Savage is proving to be a solid addition to OU.

It's tough to say anybody who is a legit 6-foot-5 and 339 pounds can do anything in a quiet way. But that has been the case so far for Oklahoma junior offensive guard Dionte Savage.

The Sooners loaded up with several junior college prospects for the 2013 class but not much was made of the addition of Savage.

Originally committed to Baylor, Savage switched his commitment late in January but there weren't a lot of fist pumps or celebrations.

Maybe there will be now. Through the first two weeks of camp, Savage is standing out not only for his size but for his ability on the field.

"He's going to be great," defensive tackle Chuka Ndulue said. "I've never seen a person so big in my life move that fast. He's huge. He has gorilla arms so if he grabs you, that's a wrap. You're not going anywhere."

Savage grew up in Flint, Mich., before finding a home at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz. Noted as one of the best jucos in the country, Arizona Western was also the home of OU senior running back Damien Williams before he became a Sooner.

The transition for Williams to the big time didn't prove to be too difficult thanks in part to the quality experience he had at Arizona Western. OU fans can hope the same for Savage.

When it came to talking about the juco signees, most were quick to point out offensive tackle Josiah St. John and defensive tackle Quincy Russell. Most were quick to point that duo out even more since both didn't arrive to campus until August.

Savage arrived on time, no issues. He has quietly gone about his business, and the rest of the offensive line is noticing.

"He's a hard worker," senior guard Bronson Irwin said. "He has to learn the system and adapt to some things, but he's out there working hard and looking good. You guys have seen him – his stature is impressive."

Impressive stature notwithstanding, it's going to be tough for Savage to crack the interior lineup. With proven starters like Irwin and Adam Shead back to go with Nila Kasitati and Austin Woods, among others, Savage has an uphill climb.

But OU coach Bob Stoops has talked about how pleased he has been with Savage and his attitude. And those that are playing against him the most, aren't backing down on the praise for Savage.

"He has that body that if you try to beat him inside, there's still about a quarter of his body in front of you," Ndulue said. "And if you try to beat him outside, his whole body just… you have to get his hands off of you and just run away from him."

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