Barresi: "I always wanted to play for OU"

Edmond North offensive tackle Ben Barresi talks about his fathers' influence on his decision and the chances that his twin brother, Joe, could join him in Norman.

Ben Barresi, a 6-foot-6, 282 pound offensive tackle from Edmond, OK (North HS), finally achieved one of his dreams Tuesday as he committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.

"I am very excited," said Barresi on Tuesday evening. "I have always wanted to play for OU for the right reasons. One of the big reasons was because of my father (John) who played at OU during the 1973 and 1974 seasons at defensive tackle. He has always told me that OU had a great impact on his life and that the tradition of OU football was something that he loved being a part of, and that I would appreciae it and love it as well.

"My dad always said that OU was a great school and that he still takes great pride in the fact that he played at OU. He said there was nothing like putting on that OU uniform and stepping on Owen Field at Memorial Stadium and playing for the Sooners. He also said that playing against Texas in the Cotton Bowl was a lifetime experience that I would never forget."

"I have been an OU fan since I was four or five years old," Barresi continued. "That had a lot to do with my decision, but I really just realized recently how much I wanted to play at OU. It wasn't until recently that I learned for myself how much of a great school OU was and how good of an offensive line coach Kevin Wilson is. He is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in country, and I realized recently that he will make me the best offensive lineman I can be. After thinking things over the last few days, I just realized that OU is where I always wanted to play and it was the best situation for me."

Barresi, who chose OU over OSU and LSU, knows that OU is still evaluating twin brother Joe Barresi. Joe is just now rounding into shape after shoulder surgery and he is beginning to come on just like Ben did this summer at various camps. Ben realizes that the brothers may have to split up, but he also knows that OU is still recruiting Joe and the twins still have a chance to play college football together.

"I am very hopeful that Joe and I get to play college football together at OU," said Ben Barresi. "That would make my life great and complete. Joe is my twin brother and I love him very much, but I can also says that he is every bit as good an athlete as I am. I think he will prove that this season. I don't know if he will go to OU even if they offer, but I know that is a possibility.

"I made this decision based on what I want to do and it has nothing to do with his decision. Joe may decide to not play at OU, and if that would be the case we would split up, but my dream is that we both play together. I hope things work out for Joe at OU."

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