Welcome to OU: Gabriel Campbell

Signee Q&A series continues with Gabriel Campbell, a heck of a steal by OU from the state of Mississippi.

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 defensive lineman Gabriel Campbell.

Yazoo City (Miss.) High DE Gabriel Campbell (6-6, 265, No. 32 DE)

The story: When the offer was made, seemed like a longshot for OU to be able to get Campbell out of Mississippi, especially when both in-state schools pursued him aggressively. But OU kept putting in the work, got him to visit and landed his commitment. Campbell gave OU zero reasons to worry heading down the stretch for signing day.

When you received the OU offer, did you really think you would sign with the Sooners?

I did not know at all that it would happen that way. I didn’t know until it hit me that one night.

When did you know in your heart OU was the place for you?

The night I committed to them. I knew. When I committed, it was like I was signing. I wasn’t going to change my mind.

You took your official visit for Bedlam. You ended up being the only signee to be uncommitted for the official visit and see OU lose. Did that matter?

It didn’t. I don’t think it would have made a difference at all if OU had won. It didn’t change my thinking at all. One game was not going to make me think it was the wrong choice. Even if they had lost every game, it was where I felt at home and comfortable.

What’s your jersey number going to be and who is your roommate?

My number is going to be 46, and I don’t know who my roommate is going to be. I couldn’t make the spring game to decide that. I’m an easy guy to get along with, though, so I’m not worried. I wore 46 in high school. My favorite number is 14, but I can’t wear that.

What was the toughest part of the recruiting process for you?

Everything was a breeze to me. A lot of guys were stressed out about everything. I knew the decision was mine. I’ll go where I want to go. I’ll weigh the options and make the choice. There was nothing tough about it.

What’s the No. 1 thing you’re looking forward to at OU?

I’m looking forward to learning. New coach (Diron Reynolds) and learning on the field and in the classroom. I love knowledge, love learning.

Any idea what your major is going to be?

I’m set on criminal justice. I would like to be a police officer or work in law enforcement.

Bob Stoops obviously plays a big role in recruiting, but who was the assistant coach most influential in your decision?

That’s easy – Coach (Jerry) Montgomery. That was my boy. He was my guy. I’m proud of him, though. I would have left, too, if that was my situation. He kept up with me so much, more than any other coach.

What have been your first impressions with Reynolds?

I’ve been talking to him recently. I like him, sounds like a good coach. He has that NFL experience, and that’s where we all want to go. I’m one of those guys who can read people. I got really good vibes off from the first time I talked to him.

Did you have any idea who he was before he was hired?

I didn’t. I went on Twitter and started looking for him. He coached for the Vikings and Dolphins and other places. I know he’s going to have a lot to show us.

Outside of football, what are you most excited about at OU?

I’m excited to go to college. Really. I was planning on going into the military. I was actually playing baseball and then one thing led to another and here I am. I was going to join the Navy and wanted to be a Navy SEAL.

If it wasn’t OU, what school would it have been?

I don’t know. It might have been Ole Miss. I can’t know unless I can go back in time.

Some signees have already developed a great bond. Have you done that with anybody?

I haven’t met a single signee or nothing. When I was on my visit, I didn’t know who was committed to OU. It was like walking with a blindfold on. I keep up with a few of them on Twitter. But like I said, I’m an easy-going guy. I’m not worried.


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