McCoy: "It was the best place for me"

See inside for five-star DT Gerald McCoy's thoughts on his commitment to Oklahoma. Pictured above: McCoy signs his letter of intent as his mother, Patricia, looks on. (Photo by Madison Belanger)

The Sooners reeled in the biggest catch to their 2006 recruiting class Wednesday morning when five-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed with Oklahoma before a rowdy group of fellow students in his high school gymnasium.

See below for McCoy's interview with contributor Mike DellaVecchio shortly after he signed on the dotted line with the Sooners.

MD: How was the recruiting process and are you glad it's over?

GK: I'm glad it's over. I didn't go to bed until 3:00 am.

MD: When did you finally make your decision?

GK: Well, the week after the All-American game, OU came in Monday and USC came in Tuesday. I made my decision Wednesday. I knew it was going to come down to them two so when they both came in, I listened to what they had to say and I prayed on it and my heart was leaning towards OU so that's what I went with. Then last night, I was thinking well, I don't know, so I talked to USC for three hours on the phone and then I was like, there was no doubt, I was ready for OU.

MD: What confirmed it for you?

GK: That's me, I'm OU. I love USC, don't get me wrong but I'm OU. If I would have gone somewhere else I would still represent OU.

MD: You played in the Army All-American game and went against Sam Young, who signed with Notre Dame and was considered the top offensive lineman in the country and you dominated him as you were in the backfield about 80 percent of the time. That had to confirm that you were the top defensive tackle in the country. How did that help you out as far as confidence?

GK: I don't really like to talk about myself because that is really like you can say its arrogant, but you know. I just went to the game, prayed to God that he let me do good and he let me do good.

MD: You talk to Tommie Harris a lot. Did he give you any advice as far as to which way to go in your decision?

GK: Tommie Harris told me, don't go to OU, don't go to USC, go to the best spot for you. He didn't force OU on me, he said to do whatever I got to do that is best for me, keep your head up and don't let this recruiting process get to me.

MD: Oklahoma's defense is going to be one of the best in the country next year. Are you excited about coming in and getting a chance to contribute right away?

GK: Oh yeah, I always love OU's defense because that is what made them great. That is the reason why I went to OU is because of their defense.

MD: Lastly, talk about Coach Shipp and your relationship with him.

GK: I've known Coach Shipp since I was a freshman. We have had a good relationship since I went to the OU camp as a freshman and me and Coach Shipp have just grown close. He gives me advice, he doesn't do anything illegally, he says what he can and what he is allowed to say, and he does it in his own way.

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