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It wasn't all negative for OU this weekend, evidenced by the visit for Gabriel Campbell.

The third time was indeed the charm for Oklahoma and Yazoo City (Miss.) High defensive end Gabriel Campbell.

The high three-star prospect had been hoping to visit Norman on a couple of other occasions during the season but finally made the trip to OU last weekend.

It was well worth it.

“Shoot, I liked all of it,” said Campbell about his favorite part of the visit. “It was wonderful. The thought of committing did cross my mind.”

No idea if Campbell would have committed if the Sooners had been able to finish Oklahoma State, but it’s clear OU has made a significant impression.

Campbell said he would like to visit Kentucky this weekend, and then he could be ready to decide. In-state schools Mississippi State and Ole Miss are squarely in the mix even though OU is the only official visit he has taken.

He was hosted on the first night by freshman Tito Windham, which made sense since Windham is the lone Sooner from Mississippi.

“He said he loves it,” Campbell said. “He said it has been a real easy transition for him and said Norman has been simple. He said you have to be looking for trouble to find it.”

The tone was vastly different after OU’s upset loss, and Campbell got the lay of the land from departing defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue. Based on personalities and positions, this was a perfect match.

“Chuka was amazing,” Campbell said. “He’s a really good person. You could tell he was kind of down about the game, but he kept telling me how much he loved playing there. They treat their football players real well.”

Campbell has been a heavily sought after recruit by defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. For reasons Campbell still hasn’t really explained, OU has always been his dream school. Following the visit, nothing has changed in that regard.

“I’m so glad I got to get up there and see the campus,” Campbell said. “I loved getting the experience of a college atmosphere. The football facilities are beautiful, and I was excited to see the pictures of the renovations they’re going to do.”

Campbell said he just feels like he has to give Kentucky a fair shot. If he knows after that visit, he won’t take long to decide. But he said it could take a while, not naming a date. It’s something he’ll think long and hard about. When he’s ready, he’s ready.

What impressed Campbell regarding OU coach Bob Stoops was that his door is always open, figuratively and literally.

“I was glad I got to talk to Coach Stoops,” Campbell said. “He’s a real good guy. He’s real laid back. His door is always open. I hadn’t seen that before. He said to get in touch whenever I need to, that meant a lot.”

Campbell fits the mold of exactly what OU and Montgomery are looking for with defensive ends in the system. No doubt he’ll continue to be a high priority for the Sooners even if the pledge didn’t come during his time in Norman.

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