Oklahoma fans have every reason to be excited when a recruit commits to the Sooners. But there's always that uneasy feeling when a prospect does that without having ever seen the campus.
Such was the case with Gulfport (Miss.) Harrison Central three-star cornerback Tito Windham. Offered by OU in early May, Windham committed right then and there knowing full well he wouldn't be able to see the campus until his official visit.
The wait was worth it for Windham, who completed his official visit last weekend for OU's victory against West Virginia.
"It went real good," Windham said. "It was even better than I thought it would be. I love the fans. I loved the coaches. I felt like they loved me."
Windham is playing defensive back and quarterback for his high school team, but it's clear cornerback will be his position with the Sooners.
He was hosted by freshman defensive back Stanvon Taylor, who didn't beat around the bush when talking about OU.
"He was being real with me the whole time," Windham said. "He said they treat you like a king. It will always be like this. But you have to work for it. Nothing is given."
Windham and his father had no idea what to expect on the visit, but he said he was very impressed with Headington Hall. The OU residence hall opened in July and has quickly become something that has caught the eye of all recruits visiting.
Windham said it was great to go into OU coach Bob Stoops' office and see all the championships and rings.
"I was so shocked to see everything," Windham said. "I didn't know he had so many. All I kept thinking is how much I want to get one, too."
Windham said his father enjoyed the trip, and they were pleased with the answers to their questions they had for the coaches regarding his scholarship and early playing time and things of that nature.
Going into the visit, Windham knew he wanted to watch OU senior cornerback Aaron Colvin. That's where Windham hopes to make his imprint with the Sooners. But he couldn't help but be impressed with the game senior safety Gabe Lynn had.
"No. 9 had a great game," Windham said. "He was all over the place. He did real good. Watching that defense made me want to put on an OU jersey that day."
Windham will have to wait to put on the jersey, but OU fans can feel confident in knowing how solid Windham's commitment is to the Sooners.
Other schools are still in his ear, but this visit erased any doubts Windham might have had about OU. To be fair, though, Windham said he didn't have much doubt to begin with.
"This was real important to me," Windham said. "It's far away from here so it's not like I can just drive over or something. I had to check out everything. So far? I like everything I have seen."
So how does Windham know he is fully committed to OU?
"I even bought an OU backpack when I was there," he said. "I knew I'd have a good time. And I did."