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J.J. Gustafson adds OU offer at junior day

2/5/2012

Offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson (Dallas/Jesuit) didn’t expect to receive an offer at Oklahoma’s junior day on Saturday, but it falls in line with how the last few weeks have gone for the 2013 prospect.

Gustafson finished the 2011 season with a lone offer from SMU. That is not the case anymore as Gustafson’s OU offer was his seventh in the last three weeks.

“My head coach gave me the feeling that it might be coming, but it was still a relief,” Gustafson said. “I’ve always been interested in OU. They’ve had a great tradition since as long as I can remember.

“OU first started showing interest in me probably around spring ball of last year so we’ve been keeping in touch ever since.”

What impressed Gustafson the most was the attitude of Oklahoma offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle.

Though he did talk about football with the coaches, it wasn’t the only thing they talked about.

“I thought both of them were really nice and genuine guys,” Gustafson said. “I probably talked to Coach Kittle just a little bit more because we had a good lunch. They’re concerned with me as a person, which means a lot.”

And they didn’t try to pressure him to commit, he said In fact, that was the theme of the weekend as OU made several offers but didn’t try to force the hand of any commit.

If OU had done so with Gustafson, it would have been a disappointment, he said. Not only because of the pressure but because of the fact that he said he wouldn’t been ready to make any kind of decision.

“I’m so new to this recruiting thing and still trying to figure it out,” Gustafson said. “I’ve heard from kids that coaches try to pressure you. OU didn’t do that. They were laid back, and I definitely respect the coaching staff for that.”

The trip wasn’t Gustafson’s first time on campus as he had made an unofficial visit to OU in November.

“This was a lot different and a lot better,” Gustafson said. “There was more of a personal connection this time around. It was a smaller group, too, it was a close-knit feeling.”

Gustafson attended Baylor’s junior day last weekend and said he hopes to attend the junior days for Arkansas and Oklahoma State in the next couple of weeks. He said, however, he doesn’t have any favorites as he hasn’t done enough research on the schools to make that type of decision.

He did say, though, that distance won’t be a major concern.

“It will play a little bit of a role, but once I find the place I feel is home, I don’t think it’s going to matter where it is,” Gustafson said.

Not only was teammate Jake Oliver, a wide receiver with an OU offer, at junior day but so was offensive tackle Kent Perkins (Dallas/Lake Highlands). The teams are in the same district.

“I know Kent really well. I’ve gotten to be good buddies with him. He’s a cool guy,” Gustafson said.

Gustafson also has offers from Purdue, Clemson, Baylor, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.