Junior college was the only option from Butler (Kan.) CC offensive lineman Quinn Mittermeier coming out of high school in Topeka, Kan.
No schools were coming to Topeka so despite being fully qualified, Mittermeier had to go the juco route, and it has paid off for him and for Oklahoma.
Mittermeier confirmed Saturday afternoon he has committed to the Sooners. And unlike most juco products, Mittermeier has plenty of time to get acclimated since he has four years to play three seasons’ worth of eligibility.
“Shoot, I don’t even know how I feel,” Mittermeier said. “I didn’t feel real happy because I’ve been so stressed, but I’m definitely excited about this opportunity.”
Two weeks ago it looked like Mittermeier was a slam dunk to head to Florida, but after his official visit to OU last week, things changed. Mittermeier certainly knew it.
In the end, it was down to OU and Florida. Mittermeier said it was the toughest decision of his life, but he said he knows he made the right one.
Mittermeier said OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh has been recruiting him since the winter. And things were going well until Mittermeier decided to be a Class of 2015 recruit instead of 2016. Then things escalated, and OU quickly became near the top of the list.
“It was so difficult,” Mittermeier said. “There were so many times when I was thinking about going back to my teammates that I came in with. But then I thought about my mom and how she has to pay for everything with school.
“Me not leaving would have been selfish.”
Mittermeier said he is 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, but he’s not really sure where he stands right now. He said OU hasn’t specified what position he will play, either guard or tackle, but he said he feels more comfortable at tackle.
With no recruiting attention coming out of high school, Mittermeier decided to head to Butler, a traditional juco powerhouse. Safe to say that transition worked out for Mittermeier and now has definitely worked out for the Sooners.
“I love being on the island and going one-on-one, especially when you win that battle,” Mittermeier said.
Mittermeier is Bedenbaugh’s second commit in 24 hours. Harrah (Okla.) High offensive lineman Logan Roberson committed to the Sooners for the 2016 class Friday evening.
Mittermeier said he will report to OU in July and is in great shape academically.