Top Texas junior pulls the trigger

Oklahoma hasn't even closed the book on their 2007 recruiting class, and they've already landed their first prospect for the 2008 class. And it's a big one. Keller, Texas defensive end R.J. Washington, already considered one of the top juniors in the Lone Star state, talks about his commitment to Oklahoma.

R.J. Washington, DE, 6'4, 230, 4.6, KELLER (FOSSIL RIDGE HS), TEXAS:

JH: Have you decided to get recruiting over with before you senior year gets underway?

RJ: "Yes, I have committed to OU."

JH: Talk about that decision.

RJ: "I went to my grandparent's home for Thanksgiving and they convinced me to commit. They live about 20 minutes outside of Norman and I never get to see them as much as I used to. They were excited to hear that I liked OU so much. They wanted to see more of me and I wanted to go to OU, so I just decided to not wait. They are very important to me and OU had already offered me so I didn't see any reason to wait. Plus, my sister got a job transfer to Oklahoma and I will get to see her more."

JH: You were close to committing to OU the last time we talked. You have liked OU for a long time, haven't you?

RJ: "It is probably their great fan support and football environment. Plus, their coaches are the best. They haven't had the easiest season. First, Bomar gets into trouble, and then Adrian Peterson gets hurt along with a starting offensive tackle but they have continued to play well. Their coaches are great and I look forward to playing for them. OU is a special program that always plays hard and with pride, and that is how I like to play. I want to play for a team like that."

JH: How much of a factor was it that by the time you graduate from high school OU will have graduated five defensive ends?

RJ: "That is also a big factor. And the person that has my number is also graduating. I wear No. 11 and I want to keep wearing that number at OU."

JH: Now that your season is over what is your current weight? And are you healthy?

RJ: "I weigh 230 right now. For the most part, after a long season I feel pretty good."

JH: Are now shutting down your recruiting and your only visit is going to be to OU?

RJ: "I am still going to take some official visits, but they are probably not going to change anything. I will probably check out LSU, but to be honest I am not really sure about it. I haven't really thought about it."

JH: What did you think of Oklahoma's win over OSU and all the football over the weekend?

RJ: "I knew they were going to beat Oklahoma State. OU finds a way to win. I don't know how they do it, but they find a way to win. They have great players who play clutch, and that is another reason I like them. Then you take Texas — they don't have what OU has. How they lose to Kansas State, I can't figure out. Then to lose to Texas A&M at home is ridiculous. I thought they were going to beat Texas A&M, but man they just don't have it."

JH: Are you going into another sport or just workouts?

RJ: "No, I am going to go into my offseason and stay there. I used to play basketball, but I am not going to do that this year. Also, I pulled a ligament to my ankle and I am going to let that get well."

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