Still groggy from a Saturday morning slumber, Cameron Schacht minced few words during his exclusive interview with OUInsider.com, but his excitement heightened at the mention of Sooner football and hunting ("I've heard the deer up there are pretty good," said Schacht).
Last year, the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder didn't allow a sack all season and was a 7-5A First Team All-District selection. He was also named to the Dallas Morning News' All-Northwest Dallas Football Team.
Schacht's uncle, Robert Pearson, a former outside linebacker, played football at Kansas State (1991-1993), where he was coached by then Wildcat graduate assistant Brent Venables, now Oklahoma's co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
Schacht owns a 3.0 GPA and has already scored a 1060 on his SAT. He's undecided on his major, but plans to seek guidance from ‘football and girls.'
OUInsider.com: Congratulations on your verbal. Why did you decide to commit so early?
Schacht: "The biggest factor was that OU is so close to my house. It's a great college and making my decision now takes a lot of pressure off me later. This allows me to just focus on school and football."
OUInsider.com: Why did you pick the Sooners?
Schacht: "Who wouldn't want to go to OU? It's a great program with such unbelievable tradition. When you mention OU, you're talking about Wilkinson and Switzer, you really can't beat that."
OUInsider.com: Did you have scholarship offers from any other schools?
Schacht: "No, but Kansas State and Louisiana State were after me pretty heavy."
OUInsider.com: Besides location and tradition, what other factors contributed to your verbal commitment to Oklahoma?
Schacht: "The coaching staff. I really like them. They're young and upbeat. Those are the type of coaches I want to play for."
OUInsider.com: What are your greatest strengths on the football field?
Schacht: "I really don't know, probably pass blocking. I like to hit a lot and use my speed to dominate."
OUInsider.com: In what areas do you need improvement?
Schacht: "Definitely upper body strength. I need to get stronger, but I'm working on that. I'm in the weight room everyday, except Wednesdays, which are my days off."
OUInsider.com: Who do you compare yourself to as a football player?
Schacht: "Kyle Turley of the New Orleans Saints. He doesn't take crap from anyone. He likes getting after it and he's not afraid to get in your face, just like me."
OUInsider.com: You didn't play football until your freshman year. Why?
Schacht: "I didn't want to develop bad habits. It's been easier to start from scratch, instead of breaking bad habits."
OUInsider.com: What did your uncle tell you about playing for Coach Stoops and company?
Schacht: "He said I'm going to get yelled at a lot, which I don't mind. I need to hear that every once in awhile."
OUInsider.com: Any plans for this summer?
Schacht: "Not really. Just planing to work my ass off in the weight room."
OUInsider.com: Have you given any thought towards your freshman year at Oklahoma?
Schacht: "Yeah, I'll do whatever the coaches tell me. I'd rather redshirt, because I'm just not sure I'm ready to make that big of a jump in one year. I'd like to get in the system first to make sure I maximize my potential."
OUInsider.com: Any words for OU fans?
Schacht: "I'm really excited about becoming a Sooner. I can't wait to play college football, especially in Norman."
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