Since position coach Jay Norvell arrived in Norman, the Sooners have been stockpiling talent at receiver. To complement bigger receivers like Trey Metoyer, Norvell signed inside playmaker Austin Bennett to OU's 2013 class.
As he prepared to arrive in Norman for summer workouts, Bennett checked with SoonerNation to talk about his future roommate, what he wants to major in and Texas making a run at him just before signing day:
SoonerNation: Who are you rooming with?
Austin Bennett: Keith Ford. We actually ended up becoming pretty good friends. We went on our official visit together. Went to a couple games together.
SN: What are you most looking forward to at OU?
Bennett: The experience of college. Getting on the field as quickly as possible, adjusting to the speed.
SN: What personal goals do you have?
Bennett: To try to earn a spot on the field and not be redshirted. If I do get redshirted, I’m not going to make a big deal about it, and [I will] take advantage of it. But short term, I want to help the team out as much as I can.
SN: What have the coaches told you about a potential role?
Bennett: Coaches have said my role is to be a slot receiver. Punt returner, kick returner, too. If my role is to play special teams, so be it.
OU has some good receivers. But I definitely think I have a shot to earn a position with my football knowledge. I think I can come in and make a big impact.
SN: What happened with Texas trying to get you to flip late?
Bennett: Well, a week to two weeks before signing day, they came to my school and told me they wanted a shot with me, that they had been looking at me my freshman year. Which was true, but they hadn’t really made a big impression on me. They haven’t produced a lot of great receivers in the last four, five years. Texas, it’s a great school to go to, but I chose Oklahoma over Texas.
SN: So you never gave it a second thought?
Bennett: I never thought about leaving Oklahoma. Once I make a commitment -- that’s where I wanted to be unless something major happened. Oklahoma is where I want to be.
SN: What are you planning to major in?
Bennett: Biology. I want to try to be a physical therapist.