They’re no longer commits. They’re no longer signees. They are now freshmen at Oklahoma, and Sooners Illustrated caught up with the majority of the 2015 class one last time before they arrived on campus.
Up next is Under Armour All-American kicker Austin Seibert.
Belleville (Ill.) West K Austin Seibert (5-10, 200, 3-star prospect)
The story: OU made it a priority to find a kicker for the 2015 class, but it turns out it might have found the complete package in kicker and punter with Seibert. The Sooners narrowed down their focus to a couple, but once the offer was made, Seibert was honest about the process. Once he returned to OU in May, his recruitment was over and OU had its kicker.
When you received the OU offer, did you really think you would sign with the Sooners?
I did. I knew that’s where I wanted to since I had visited for junior day.
When did you know in your heart OU was the place for you?
The moment I stepped on the campus and onto the field. I got that feeling that I knew I could play there.
What’s your jersey number and who is your roommate?
No. 43 will be my jersey and Dalton Wood is my roommate. We call him Slash because he can do so much. I’ve had No. 43 since I was a freshman in high school. It wouldn’t have been a big deal to change it. (Editor’s note: This interview was conducted before it was revealed Wood still has not stayed at OU yet)
What was the toughest part of the recruiting process?
I don’t know – I thought it was all fun. I didn’t really dislike any of it. I guess the drives to the university were long. There’s one that stands out where my mom got pulled out for doing 90 (miles per hour) in a 75 (speed limit). But she got off with a warning.
The No. 1 thing you’re looking forward to at OU?
Besides summer school, the conditioning. That might sound weird to say, but I want to see how much that helps me with my game. The weightlifting part for a kicker is a little different. The running is the same as anybody else. It’s all about explosive movements as a kicker – that’s what you work on.
Any idea what your major is going to be?
They have a good sports management there. I’m going to go into business. I’d like to get into sports business and take other business classes and broaden my range. I want to learn about investments and stuff like that.
Bob Stoops obviously plays a big role in recruiting, but who was the assistant coach most influential in your decision?
Coach (Jay) Boulware. That’s an easy one.
You like his “Legatron” nickname?
I do. I like it a lot. I’ll take any nickname. That’s fine with me.
Outside of football, what are you excited about at OU?
I guess the freedom that comes with being in college. The chance to learn and meet all these new people. Learning and maturing about how to use your freedom and your time and make sure you take advantage of it.
If it wasn’t OU, what school would it have been?
You created a nice name for yourself on Twitter with clever quips about Texas and things of that nature. Is that just your personality?
Yea, that’s who I am. I’ve always wanted to get my name known. I like spicing myself up because I’m confident in my abilities. I like the attention but not too much. I want people to know I can back it up on the field, too.
Are you worried about being that far from home here going forward?
Not really. I did a soccer camp at Notre Dame – that was week-long thing. I got in trouble for not calling home, but I’m not worried. It’s not too bad. I’ll have time to see my family and my parents will try to make as many games as possible.