Catching up with Stephen Good

Versatility is a huge plus along the offensive line at any level and Stephen Good is prepared to do it all if need be at Oklahoma. He has also spent plenty of time getting to know other members of the current Sooner incoming class and is already showing leadership abilities off the field.

Stephen Good, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Paris High School in Paris, Texas has continued to keep in contact with other recruits in his class since the spring game in April and is showing that the Oklahoma staff will have a true leader along the offensive line for four years in Norman.

"When I talked to Coach (James) Patton he said they are planning on playing me at left tackle which I am used to," Good said. "I will play wherever they want me to though and have tried to prepare for that. I played tackle and guard during the season so I could learn both positions and even took reps at center in practice so I could help out there if the team needs me to."

Since meeting the rest of the Sooner commitments at the spring game in April, Good has developed a close relationship with one player in particular in fellow offensive line recruit Britt Mitchell from Roscoe High School. He and Mitchell talk on a regular basis and even have plans in the works to get all the boys together for some fun.

"The last time I was on campus was at the spring game and there must have been between 40,000 and 50,000 people there," Good stated. "It was a very different experience for me because I am from a small town and Oklahoma has more people show up to their practices then we do to our games. Everywhere you go in Norman it is about Oklahoma football. Every license plate you see, every bumper sticker, Oklahoma football is really just the pride of that town and that really got to me."

"Britt Mitchell and I have been keeping in constant contact since the spring game because we really clicked right away," Good added. "He and I are trying to get all of the commitments together to go out and do something fun that we can bond over, but it is tough trying to think of something everyone would like. Britt and I are both into hunting and fishing, but obviously that isn't for everybody, so we're trying to think of something that would just be cool for everyone."

While talking with about his visits and the friendships he has developed since joining the Oklahoma family, Good reflected a bit on what made him choose Oklahoma over other programs in the end.

"I went down to Austin and it was just too big for me," Good explained. "When I got to Norman it felt just right and my mom liked it a lot too. I really clicked with the coaching staff pretty quick and have a good relationship with Coach (Chris) Wilson, Coach (James) Patton and Coach (Josh) Heupel. One memory that really stands out to me about the staff is when I messed up on a pass protection drill before any of the staff really knew me and one of the coaches got right in my face about it and showed how it was done. Those guys get in there and really work with you, not just tell you how to do it. I have also heard some very encouraging things about the strength and conditioning coach (Jerry) Schmidt. I've heard he is an intense guy that will really push you and that is what I want out of a coach. I want someone who is going to get every drop of potential out of me and make me better."

Good has already started working out with his offensive line teammates from Paris this spring and works out four or five days a week. Their workout consists of weight training, a series of long distance runs for stamina and then is capped off by a series of six to eight short distance sprints.

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