OU makes impression on Westbrook

OU was in the hunt for Dede Westbrook, and his official visit has done nothing to change that.

It was a junior college weekend for Oklahoma, and the Sooners were hoping to come away with a couple of commitments.

One happened Sunday with cornerback Will Johnson, but it’s going to be a waiting game for Brenham (Texas) Blinn CC wide receiver Dede Westbrook.

The offer came out of the blue last month, but it’s obvious how much OU wants Westbrook for the 2015 class. And following his official visit, it’s clear the Sooners are going to be there until the very end.

“I had a blast,” Westbrook said. “The players are amazing, especially Sterling Shepard. I liked everything and felt welcomed, like it was my home.”

Westbrook, a four-star prospect, picked the wrong game to attend as the rain made OU’s passing game virtually non-existent. He did see history with Samaje Perine’s performance, and he said he understands that’s how the game goes sometimes.

“When you have a running back like Samaje Perine, you have to get him the ball,” Westbrook said. “He was impressive.”

It looked like OU had closed the door on any new receiver offers until Westbrook sprung up in October. Following an incredibly impressive juco season, it’s obvious OU sees Westbrook as an answer at both receiver and punt returner.

Westbrook said he didn’t have any questions for Bob Stoops or Jay Norvell as his father asked all the pertinent questions. He did come away, however, with a newfound respect for Shepard.

“He is the coolest guy you’ll ever meet,” Westbrook said. “He told me if I come there, we’re bound to win the national championship next season.

“What I like is his game and the way he plays the game. He’s a 5-foot-10 guy, but he plays like he’s 6-3. And then I got to know his story and his life. He’s an incredible person.”

The visit has put OU in good standing with Westbrook, but he never intended to make a commitment last weekend. Visits to Utah and Oklahoma State are in the books, while visits to Texas Tech and West Virginia remain. His original trip to Morgantown had to be postponed.

As for this weekend, Westbrook is staying home to watch his younger brother play a high school playoff game.

He’ll get back to the recruiting game next week and said he is definitely going to make his decision next month. The first day for mid-year enrollees to sign is Dec. 17, and he intends to have it done before then.

Besides the schools he has visited, Kansas State is also in contention. Things couldn’t have gone better after the OU visit.

“I can definitely see myself playing there and seeing where I fit in,” Westbrook said. “I don’t have any concerns, but I still have more visits to take before I decide anything.”

Westbrook will have two years of eligibility left but has said in the past this is a pure business decision. Whatever school gives him the best chance to the NFL, he’s going to take to try to support his three kids.


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