Bomar says football is still his first love

Grand Prairie QB Rhett Bomar talks about playing pro baseball, Marcus Walker's commitment and the recruiting battles between OU and UT.

Rhett Bomar, QB, 6-3, 195, 4.5 Grand Prairie, Texas:

JH: Rhett, you have not even stepped on the field yet and already you are getting a first-hand look at the passion of Oklahoma football. Whether it is fans or the media, the fact that you said you would listen to baseball scouts has drawn tremendous interest. How do you feel about the great passion of Oklahoma football now?

RB: "I guess you could say there is a passion for it. When fans get all riled up about a recruit, not even a guy on their varsity yet, because they think that he is considering not playing for him. It is interesting when they really don't know that for sure, and yet there is so much talk about it."

JH: You and I talked about this issue months ago and you said at that time that you would listen to what baseball has to say, but that football was your first love. Is it safe to say that football is still your first love?

RB: "Yeah, you are safe in saying that, but it is nothing new. You and I have talked about this before, there is nothing new about it. This is nothing new for us, because we have always known that I would probably get drafted, and really all we are doing is keeping our options open and waiting to see what happens with the draft. We really don't like talking about all this baseball stuff, because it is old news really."

JH: Can you give me a number or tell me what it would take for you to play baseball instead of playing quarterback for the Sooners?

RB: "No, I really can't give you a number, and I don't want to do that, because I don't want to limit us in any way. I just want to go out and play my senior season and see what happens. The draft is not until June anyway, and there is so much time before then. All we have done is talk to a few scouts, and outside of that I don't know anything about it. I don't have a number and my family won't even talk about it until we are drafted and we know what our situation is."

JH: Is your passion still for football at this time?

RB: "My passion is still football and that has always been the case. I like baseball and all we are doing is keeping our options open. People are over-reacting a little bit. It would take a lot for me to give up football, but it just makes sense for us to keep our options open to see what happens. I don't really know what to say about the baseball stuff at this time, because it is so far away."

JH: Do you still plan to be in Norman by June 1 to get ready for your freshman season?

RB: "That is my plan right now."

JH: What did you think of the commitment of Marcus Walker today?

RB: "That is good for us, because he is a great player and a great guy. I got to know him a little bit down in San Antonio and it is great that OU continues to get commitments from great players on both sides of the ball."

JH: What did you think of the article in the Dallas Morning News about the recruiting battle between OU and Texas?

RB: "I thought it was a good article and gave a true impression of what is going on in recruiting between the two schools. They interviewed a number of good players from both schools and I thought it was interesting. I thought the article was interesting, but I say that knowing that probably a Texas fan wouldn't feel that way."

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