Haywood Makes His Case for Offer

At Sooners Illustrated, we look to bring you the most up-to-date information on Sooner prospects and commits. Today, we got the chance to talk with tight end Austin Haywood from Southmoore, OK after receiving some surprising news.

As far as Southmoore (OK) tight end/defensive end Austin Haywood was concerned, this past Saturday he and teammate Kendal Thompson (quarterback, 2011) were just going to watch a football game at Oklahoma

But one call changed the dynamic of the entire trip.

"The (Sooner) coaches ask me to come up to the game a little early. When we got there we were with coach (Bob) Stoops for a little while," Haywood said. "Once he (Stoops) finished with us, we were informed that we had both been offered by Oklahoma. I was surprised."

So it seems that the recent success – five touchdowns in Southmoore recent win – and his game play on his senior film has landed him an opportunity to stay in state and play. So now, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Haywood has to decide what is going to be best for him.

In a recent update on Sooners Illustrated, Haywood admitted that there were several schools that he was considering. Baylor, Arizona, Colorado State, Kansas and Louisville are only a few of the schools in the mix.

With the Oklahoma offer in place, is that still the case?

"Yes, I am still open. I have the same feelings that we talked about last time," Haywood said. "I love the fact that I got the offer, but I need to talk things over with my family."

Word from the staff is that the written offer is on its way. Both Haywood and Thompson got the chance to see Stoops up close and personal.


"I'm not going to lie, I was kind of nervous when I was there with him," Haywood said. "But, I could see myself playing there for a coach like him."

This past weekend, in addition to the Southmoore boys' attendance, Oklahoma also had several other visitors in attendance. Some on officials, others just taking in the game. Haywood, though the experience was enjoyable, missed a good portion of the Sooners' match up against Kansas State.

"I thought it was a good game. But I ended up leaving early," Haywood said. "I thought it was going to a blow out and I left at halftime. While I was there, I did think that the play calling was good."

Haywood was not clear on when a decision was going to take place, but stay tuned to Scout.com for the latest.

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