Westbrook happy to have Baxter at OU

Dede Westbrook sees a lot of himself in Jarvis Baxter, and that's a good thing for OU fans.

Everybody knew Oklahoma was dipping into the junior college waters at wide receiver with Dede Westbrook, but there was a surprise that came to Norman in late July.

Juco receiver Jarvis Baxter announced he was going to be an invited walk-on for the Sooners. Originally signed with South Florida, Baxter has already found his home in Norman.

“Jarvis is a longtime friend,” Westbrook said. “Things didn’t go right with him with USF. I just said we would love to have you here. Got in touch with Coach (Lincoln) Riley and convinced him he should come.”

Westbrook said it was easy to convince Riley to take a chance on Baxter, ranked No. 43 in the Scout juco 100 last year. Baxter did qualify academically, but not all of his summer credits could be counted toward his required hours for South Florida.

Westbrook remembers Baxter well as it was Baxter who caught the game-winning touchdown when Blinn played Trinity Valley last season.

So what can OU fans expect of someone like Baxter?

“Jarvis is the splitting image of me,” Westbrook said. “The only difference that separates us two is the speed. I might be a little faster than he is.”

Westbrook added that if you ask Baxter the same question, Baxter, ever the competitor, would probably say he is faster than Westbrook.

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