Throughout the recruiting process, all Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook talked about was playing one year at his school before heading to the NFL.
But just moments after the Sooners 37-17 loss to No. 1 Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl, Westbrook was singing a different tune.
His first season in Norman is in the books, and he’s ready for season No. 2. He’s ready to become the leaders for OU’s receivers.
With Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal both departing, the door is open for any number of receivers to make a splash for the Sooners. Westbrook wants people to know, though, there is one spot they don’t have to worry about.
“I learned a lot from them,” Westbrook said. “I learned about leadership and about how to prepare and how to work. I’m very excited about what’s to come.”
After a banner spring and summer, a lot was expected of Westbrook who did fare well in his first year with the Sooners.
He was second on the team with 46 catches and 743 yards. He averaged 16 yards per catch and had four touchdowns.
The dilemma has always been a family one for Westbrook. With a couple of young kids, he’s looking to provide for his family as fast as possible.
He said this season taught him a lot. It remains tough for him to be away from his children, but he knows staying in Norman in the long run is going to be the best course of action for himself and for his ability to provide for his kids.
Cornerback Zack Sanchez appears to be the only early entry for the Sooners. The three-year starter announced Friday morning he is declaring for the NFL Draft.