Recruiting: Top Oklahoma OL visits Norman

Union, Okla. four-star offensive lineman Matt Romine talks about his official visit to Norman and future visit plans.

Matt Romine, OT, 6-6, 270, UNION, OKLAHOMA:

JH: You have to be heartbroken that you lost to Muskogee in the first round of the playoffs?

MR: "Yeah, it was a great game but tough a loss [20-18] because we gave it everything that we had. There were a lot of things that happened in that game and we just came up short. It is very sad that it ends my high school career. We came back and played so hard, but it is very disappointing and something that all of us seniors will have to live with. Now it is time to move on."

JH: Coming off that game, you took your official visit to OU. How did it go?

MR: "The visit went great other than that (loss to Muskogee) was in the back of my mind the whole time. I got to see what I wanted to see on an official visit and that is why I took it. I got to sit in on meetings and got to eat with the team. That is what I wanted to experience and why I took an official visit.

"I did get to see some things that I didn't know about like the Bud Dorm. I had never had the opportunity to go in there and see a room. I thought they had a great setup there. I really enjoyed getting a chance to see behind the scenes of the program, which is something that I had not been able to do before."

JH: What did you see or learn about the football part of that maybe you didn't now before?

MR: "I like the way that Coach (James) Patton interacts with his players, but I had seen that before going to practice. It was mainly the fact that I got to see how he and his players interact before, during and after a game. I like how he interacts with his players."

JH: You have been to Oklahoma so many times, did this visit enhance the Sooners chances of signing you?

MR: "I would say it improved it. I got a better feel for the place."

JH: What did you think of the game itself?

MR: "I thought it was a great game. I liked the atmosphere and it was senior night, so I think that added to the game atmosphere. Then the game was played at night and I think that added to it. I think that you have a better atmosphere when the game is at night."

JH: Where does your recruitment stand now that you have visited Oklahoma and Notre Dame?

MR: "I am still kind of looking at taking those last two officials. It is still Miami, Tennessee and Florida along with OU, Notre Dame and Michigan. Now that my season is over, I am going to start concentrating on recruiting and just re-evaluate things. I am probably going to visit Tennessee for sure, but I don't have a date. I will just have to see how things go."

JH: Do you have a leader at this time?

MR: "I don't have a leader. I still like Oklahoma and Notre Dame. They might still be a little ahead of the pack. I still have all my options open and I am still evaluating everything. I have not ruled out anybody."

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