Why UT over OU? Tully Janszen explains

<B>Tully</B> <B>Janszen</B>, the Horns' latest football commit, told <I>IT</I> this morning that his summer visit to the Forty Acres convinced him that Austin is where he wants to play his college ball. </P>

"I liked OU but I didn't feel comfortable around the players," Janszen said. "I liked the (Oklahoma) coaches, but at UT, the coaches took me in and treated me like part of the family. They are genuine, hometown guys. And when I went out to eat with the players, they didn't act like football players but like normal guys. I liked the fact that they didn't have a big ego about playing football at Texas. I just liked the way everybody was down there."

Janszen said that on his unofficial visit to Norman earlier this summer, he didn't get a chance to meet any players he'd be playing with, while at Texas, he did get that opportunity. That certainly could have been a factor in UT's favor, but according to the 6-4, 245-pound DL, the Longhorn coaches, particularly head coach Mack Brown, represented the biggest and deciding factor.

"My first impression of coach Brown was after the Spring Game," Janszen said. "Coach (Hardee) McCrary introduced me to coach Brown, and he was the nicest, most humble coach I've ever met. If I had seen him on the street, I wouldn't have known he's a football coach by the way he presented himself." While Brown and the Janszen family stood talking on the Royal-Memorial grass that spring afternoon, the Texas head coach said, "I know this isn't the normal time or place for this, but we want you to come play football here." Yesterday, Janszen accepted that offer, in the process turning down both OU and A&M.

Janszen said another consideration that pointed in favor of Texas was his post-football career opportunities. The newest Longhorn commit said he'd like to own a ranch, or work as a big-game outfitter or in wildlife management after his gridiron days end, career paths that could benefit from UT connections.

Janszen told IT his current weight is 245 pounds and his most recent 40 time is a 4.78 run at Keller High. The senior said he will mainly play inside on the DL this fall for the Indians (plus a bit on offense at TE/H-back), but that he currently prefers to play outside. The Horns recruited him as a DL, Janszen said, and he could get a look at either DT or DE once in Austin.

And about wakeboarding? "That's my summer hobby," Janszen said. "I snowboard in the winter and wakeboard in the summer. I do it to get away from everything, including the pressure of football, and to be a normal kid again." As his unofficial visit to Austin showed, he can play football (on one of the biggest national stages) and still be a normal college kid. And it doesn't hurt that a great wakeboarding lake (Lake Austin) is about five minutes from the UT campus.

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