NORMAN, Okla. -- When he signed with Oklahoma last February, offensive tackle Christian Daimler drew comparisons to departed Sooner Lane Johnson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. A raw yet athletic offensive lineman, Daimler probably won’t make an immediate impact for the Sooners. But he could end up being one of the hidden gems of the Class of 2013.
Before he arrived on campus earlier this month, Daimler talked with SoonerNation about his potential role, what he wants to improve and being compared to Johnson.
SoonerNation: How have things been going since signing day?
Christian Daimler: Everything has been going fine. I’m just spending a lot of time in the weight room to get where I need to be.
SN: Is there anything in particular you’ve been focusing on?
Daimler: I’ve worked a lot on my legs, a lot on my core. My overall body strength was something I really needed to work on. I’ve been hitting the weight room really hard to improve my body strength and be able to compete with everybody.
SN: Do you know who will be your roommate?
Daimler: I’ll be rooming with Matt Dimon.
SN: What have the coaches told you about your potential role this fall?
Daimler: I’m going to go into fall camp, compete with everyone else and see how things go. We’ll decide after fall camp whether I’m going to redshirt. It will be a good possibility that I do, though. If that’s the deal, I’ll work as hard as I can to do whatever I can to help the team and hopefully win a national championship.
SN: What’s it been like with the coaching changes and Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh coming in?
Daimler: It hasn’t been too drastic. Obviously not having [former offensive line] Coach [James] Patton there has been a little weird since he recruited me but Coach Bedenbaugh has been awesome. I kind of like how it’s going to be just one offensive line coach. I’m really looking forward to being with the entire offensive line and one offensive line coach.
SN: Was it frustrating to have things change in the middle of the recruiting process?
Daimler: It wasn’t real frustrating. I’d built a relationship with Coach [Bruce] Kittle and Coach Patton, and it was real odd right after I signed for them to be gone. But I’d built such a good relationship with so many other coaches on the coaching staff it wasn’t too drastic. I still felt Oklahoma was the place I wanted to be.
SN: What are you most excited about?
Daimler: Getting together with a team, building that bond that a team has and getting to know the older guys, though I know some already.
SN: What have you been told about summer workouts?
Daimler: I’ve been told, whatever I’m expecting, don’t be shocked if it’s worse. It’s going to be really tough and push you until you can’t push anymore. But they’re just doing it so you can be as good as you can and because you have potential. I know whatever they do is going to be what’s best for me so I’m going to work as hard as I can to do what they want me to do.
SN: When the coaches talked about you, they tended to bring up Lane Johnson. What was that like to be compared to him?
Daimler: That was pretty cool. I never got to meet Lane but watching his film, I can definitely see my name comparing to him and that’s a guy I can mold myself after to try to get to where he is. He’s put in a lot of hard work, and I’m willing to do the same to get to where he is.
SN: When you leave OU, what do you want your legacy to be?
Daimler: I want to be one of those offensive linemen from OU that everybody remembers. They’ve had such an awesome tradition with offensive tackles. I want to leave my mark and hopefully, one day, be able to continue on to the NFL. That’s my goal, and I’m going to do whatever possible to get to that. I want people to look back and say, 'That was a really good offensive lineman.'