As one of the nation's most highly touted prep running backs, Lawton (Okla.) Eisenhower's D.J. Wolfe is rather popular these days.
Last night, the six-foot, 195-pounder with 4.4 speed attended the Capitol Hill-Lawton MacArthur game with Sooner offensive tackle Jammal Brown, a friend of Wolfe's.
Afterwards, Wolfe who verbally committed to Oklahoma in March, downplayed the magnitude of the outing to Cameron Stadium during an interview with OUInsider.com.
"It was cool," said a confident, yet soft-spoken Wolfe, who rushed for 1,334 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. "We just chilled."
Tonight, Lawton Eisenhower (2-1) hosts Edmond Santa Fe (2-1) in a pivotal District 6A-1 showdown, which Wolfe will play in, despite sitting out all of this week's practices with a deep thigh bruise.
"It's the game of the week," said Wolfe. "I wouldn't miss it for anything."
This season, Wolfe has rushed for 535 yards and three touchdowns on 71 carries. He's also caught two passes for 58 yards and a TD. He chose Oklahoma over Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.
OUInsider.com: You enjoy hanging with Jammal last night?
Wolfe: "Yeah, he was being his usual self, clowning and showing off his (national championship) ring. I told him that he needs to stay for next year, so we can add to it."
OUInsider.com: Does that mean he's thinking about declaring for the NFL Draft after this season?
Wolfe: "I don't know. I hope he doesn't. It might take some persuasion to keep him around."
OUInsider.com: With all of the talk surrounding Adrian Peterson's renewed interest in Oklahoma, how firm is your verbal commitment to the Sooners?
Wolfe: "It's 100 percent solid. There's no doubts, unless something drastic happens, but I can't even tell you what that'd be."
OUInsider.com: What are your thoughts on Peterson?
Wolfe: "We've met twice and both times he was cool. We're both top five running backs nationally, so if we're in same backfield with the (nation's) number one quarterback (Rhett Bomar), nobody will know who to key on. We talked about that a little and I think right about now, he's really liking us (Oklahoma)."
OUInsider.com: Does the possibility of Peterson attending Oklahoma bother you?
Wolfe: "No, not at all. They (OU's coaches) already asked me about it and I told them that I didn't care, because I want to better the team. A team player doesn't worry about stuff like that."
OUInsider.com: Earlier, you alluded to Grand Prairie, Texas quarterback Rhett Bomar, who has also committed to Oklahoma. How do you feel about playing with him in the future?
Wolfe: "I love it, I absolutely love it. I've heard some great things about him, so I want to experience that (playing with him) firsthand and be part of it."
OUInsider.com: Are there any undecided recruits you would like to see choose Oklahoma?
Wolfe: "Yeah, Peyton Hillis. The likes of Quentin Chaney, Herman Johnson and Fred Davis would be real nice too. Those guys need to make commitments (to Oklahoma)."
OUInsider.com: How was your unofficial visit to the UCLA game last weekend?
Wolfe: "It was nice. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and all the recruits. Watching OU beat a quality opponent like UCLA was exciting. That stuck out the most."
OUInsider.com: Tonight, you face Edmond Santa Fe, which features Reggie Smith, a close friend of yours and one of the state's top junior football recruits. What are your thoughts on him?
Wolfe: "He's a real good athlete for his age. He just does some remarkable things."
OUInsider.com: In your opinion, how interested is he in Oklahoma?
Wolfe: "Let's put it this way, hopefully, he'll join me in Sooner country. We've talked about it (Smith going to Oklahoma) a little. I think there's a good chance (he'll choose Oklahoma)."
OUInsider.com: You committed to Oklahoma in March. What prompted your early decision?
Wolfe: "I didn't want the colleges calling me and stuff like that to affect my playing time, so I committed early, because I felt like OU was the place for me."
OUInsider.com: Have you always been an Oklahoma fan?
Wolfe: "Somewhat, yeah. When I was real young, I liked Florida State, but OU really got my attention when they hired Coach Stoops. That's when I saw a big turnaround in the team."
OUInsider.com: Are you pleased with your performance so far this season?
Wolfe: "Kind of. I want average at least 8.5 yards per carry, which I did last season, but that hasn't happened yet. That's one of my goals (this season)."
OUInsider.com: Any final words for OUInsider.com's subscribers?
Wolfe: "Yeah, tell them thanks for following me and all the good things they've said. I read the (message) boards and appreciate that. I can't wait to get to OU in January and show them what I can do. Time is passing by fast."
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