Some 2,000 miles later and just eight days removed from his inaugural Oklahoma-Texas game, Trinity Christian (Fla.) Academy safety Brett Bowers is still abuzz from the Red River Shootout.
"What an unbelievable atmosphere," said Bowers, who committed to OU in May and attended the game with 15 family members. "It was kind of like Florida-Georgia, only better. It was really awesome."
During his trip to Dallas, Bowers also met fellow Sooner commitment Rhett Bomar and watched the highly touted quarterback play against Irving High the night before Oklahoma-Texas.
"He's really cool," said Bowers, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, who also considered Arkansas, Alabama and Virginia Tech before picking the Sooners. "He's the only player his team really has, so he has to do a lot on his own."
This season, Bowers has registered 60 tackles, eight pass deflections and two forced fumbles for top-ranked Trinity Christian (6-0), which last year won Florida's Class A football championship.
"Nobody really throws much to my side," said Bowers, who is also averaging 20 yards per kick return and 17.4 yards per punt return this season. "It seems like teams are usually real run-oriented against (me)."
Despite his OU commitment, Bowers said he's still receiving calls from Florida, Arkansas, Kansas State, Texas A&M and many other Big 12 schools. However, he insists that won't change his decision to attend Oklahoma.
"I'm firm and strong on OU," said Bowers, who plans to officially visit Oklahoma on Nov. 8 for the Texas A&M game. "My commitment is 100 percent."
Because of Oklahoma's coaching staff and the Sooners' annual hunt for college football's national championship, Bowers said he's excited about his future in Norman.
"OU's defense is incredible," said Bowers, who owns a 3.2 GPA. "I can't wait to play in the secondary, because those guys blitz so much and make such big plays."
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