Not everybody Oklahoma offers in person ends up being a Sooner, obviously. But the act of doing it in person can sometimes resonate a lot more than just a simple phone call.
One of those examples is with Austin (Texas) Westlake offensive tackle Stephan Zabie. Slowly climbing up the rankings charts, Zabie is still a novice in terms of learning the game.
His first year of football was last year, but he put on a show at the Opening regional in Houston last weekend and has seen a number of programs offer since then.
OU won’t because the Sooners were ahead of the curve, offering Zabie in person when he visited campus last month for the first spring practice.
“They had been talking to me for a long time and had always been on me,” Zabie said. “I knew OU was going to offer. It was like, finally. It meant a lot to me to know they see that type of potential in me and were ready to offer me in person.”
Zabie said he enjoyed his first visit to Norman, saying the football tradition and the fact it’s a college town are a couple of things that stood out.
Another one is offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Zabie said Bedenbaugh is a great guy and that they try to talk at least once a day.
Zabie’s quarterback is Sam Ehlinger, committed to Texas, but the Longhorns aren’t the school OU is having to contend with right now.
No, it’s Texas A&M. Zabie was back in College Station last weekend for A&M’s Friday Night Lights event where the Aggies bring a number of top recruits for a showcase evening.
Zabie is hopeful he can make it back to Norman for the spring game, and you know SoonerSquad17 will out in full force to try to have enter the fold.
One commit, in particular.
“It’s definitely something the way the class is coming together,” Zabie said. “One of my friends, Charleston Rambo, yea, he committed. He has been messing with about that stuff here lately. It’s hard to say no.”
Rambo committed two weeks ago and will be back in Norman for the spring game. It’s not a guarantee Zabie will commit in the near future to either OU or A&M, but he was pretty quick to say he has zero visits planned going forward.
Zabie was named one of the top five offensive linemen at The Opening last weekend, and he deserved. He more than held his own during the 1-on-1 portion of the event and has come a long way in such a short time in terms of learning the game and utilizing his talent.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, he still has room to grow and weight to put on so it’s easy to see why OU, Bedenbaugh are so excited about Zabie brings to the table.