When Oklahoma made the offer to Pittsburg (Kan.) High’s Trevor Kent on Wednesday evening, on first glance it looked like another possible tight end target for the Sooners in 2017.
Kent, ranked a three-star tight end by Scout, has some big-time offers at the position. But it didn’t take long after talking to him to realize the Sooners do not see him as the next Mark Andrews. Instead, the Sooners want him to be the next big thing at defensive end and to start the Calvin Thibodeaux era.
Kent said he is 6-foot-5 and 253 pounds right now and is healthy once again after injuring his ankle late in the football season. Coming off the surgery, Kent said he will not do any spring camps but will continue to make sure he’s 100 percent going forward.
OU, of course, loves to think of the state of Kansas as a home base and Kent is the first offer by the Sooners in the Sunflower State.
“I talked to OU last week,” Kent said. “I was talking with Coach (Cale) Gundy, and he told me to call him again. That’s when they made the offer.”
It wasn’t Gundy, though, as Kent said it was first-year defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux who reached out and made it official.
Kent said he didn’t have a lot of contact with Thibodeaux when Thibodeaux was coaching at Kansas, but it’s clear now Thibodeaux will be the No. 1 guy for the Sooners when it comes to Kent.
Kent said he didn’t grow up a huge OU fan, but he knows the presence of the crimson and cream. He said he has a lot of friends and a lot of people around his community that love the Sooners, and it’s clear the offer was not just another offer.
The position point would seem to be a deal-breaker one way or another, but it really didn’t feel that after talking to Kent. Tight end, defensive end, doesn’t sound like it will factor too much into his choice when it’s all said and done.
“It’s about half and half,” said Kent about schools offering for tight end or defensive end. “I’m going to be picking the school based on how I fit so I think I’ll know. It’s going to be the overall feeling of the school and the academics as well.”
Kent said he has only scratched the surface of his development, giving a rather uncommon answer about his high ceiling as the biggest strength of his game to with his physicality.
He has been busy on the visit circuit so expect Norman to be one of those destinations. He has visited Kansas State, Iowa State and Missouri with plans to visit KU this weekend and Northwestern in the near future.
Kent said he would like to visit OU either this month or in April but no visit date has been locked down just yet.
He injured his ankle in Week 9 of the season and said he knew right away something wasn’t right. He had surgery following the season, and although it was his first major injury in football, he said it hasn’t been tough for him to get back to the game.
His rehab has gone well, and he said it allowed him to work on his strength in other areas, especially when it comes to his upper body.
With a healthy ankle, the focus goes back on speed and footwork as his main goals of improvement heading into his senior season.
No decision seems imminent, but it’s clear Kent already has a good idea of what he’s looking for in his school of choice.
“It’s going to be about the academics and the culture,” Kent said. “When I say culture, I mean the players, the community and the coaches. I need to find the best fit for me.”
Kent is one of the first offers at defensive line by Thibodeaux, who was officially hired by the Sooners last week as their third defensive line coach in as many years.