Punter gets Commitment out of the "Way"

Bob Stoops and the Sooners landed a tremendous kicking prospect in the 2007 class in Heritage Hall's national record holder Jimmy Stevens, and today it has been discovered that they have bolstered the unit again by adding the region's top punter.

Tress Way, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound kicker/punter from Union High in Tulsa, Okla., has made a commitment to sign with the Oklahoma Sooners on National Letter of Intent Day 2008.

Way, who just recently picked up the offer from OU, explained to Scout.com the feeling he got when this childhood favorite informed him that they did indeed see him fitting in perfectly in Norman.

"I was pretty psyched, it was really great, and I was really excited," Way informed of his feelings. "I was really stunned, because I did not figure they would offer me, but it was really great."

"My whole family has always been fans of OU, and we always thought it would be cool to play there. I just never thought that it would actually happen, but it was great (that it did)."

This is the second consecutive year that the Sooner's have offered an in-state kicker, and the staff seems to have planned to use them in tandem after they are both integrated in to the system.

"Coach Stoops told me that I will be coming in as punter and a kick-off specialist," Way said. "We will see how it (Kickoff) goes from the 30 yard line, but I consistently put it out from the 35 or 40 in high school."

Way's Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs by the Muskogee Roughers last season on a windy night in South Tulsa. Way is eager to get back out on the field and kick the ball in big game situations.

"We are excited to get back out there," Way explained. "There is nothing I love more than playing in front of a bunch of fans. That is what makes a game fun to me."

"I am ready to play in the Cotton Bowl. I am used to kicking against Jenks and that is a big game, but I wonder what it will be like to do an opening kickoff in the Cotton Bowl."

In addition to being the state's top kicker, Way is also considered as one of the top prep baseball players in the Tulsa-Metro area.

Way is the first player from the "Sooner State" who has received and accepted a scholarship to sign with Oklahoma in the 2008 recruiting class.

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