Defensive end Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) felt different on his second trip to Oklahoma last weekend.
His first trek was for OU’s March 3 junior day, and he was still trying to figure out what college fit him best. Following his visit, he knew it was the Sooners but still wanted to wait.
Less than two weeks later, he committed to OU. Dimon was back on campus for OU’s Red-White spring game and any doubts he had about OU being the right spot for him are completely gone.
“It was great, (I) had a great time. I’m very happy with my decision,” Dimon said. “It was definitely different than the March visit. I felt a lot more comfortable and a lot more at home this time around.”
The No. 1 priority for Dimon on his visit was talking to OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright and getting to know him better. Dimon was able to get a lot of one-one-one time with his future position coach and was also able to see how the current OU defensive ends interacted with each other.
Dimon’s visit wasn’t without a scary moment as an EF-2 tornado hit the Norman, Okla., area late Friday afternoon.
Dimon said Wright told him to be safe but that most likely it would head north and hit the Moore area as that has usually been the case.
“I figured I would be OK so we went to the bookstore to do some shopping," Dimon said. "Then all these people started to come in, and they told us to head to the basement.
“Ever since I rode the tornado ride at Universal Studios, tornadoes have been my childhood fear. It was pretty scary, but I got through it.”
And the next day Dimon had to ask Wright what happened. Wright said Norman getting hit by a tornado once every 14 years isn’t too bad.
“It was good to be able to joke with coach like that and start really building that relationship,” Dimon said. “Once I learned everybody was OK, I thought it would be fine to give Coach Wright stuff. He didn’t care, either.”
Dimon said he watched Saturday’s scrimmage very intently and was impressed with the speed of the game. He said it was only his second college football experience and he will need to get accustomed to the pace.
He was also among the first people to learn about OU getting the commitment of defensive end D.J. Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton).
“I haven’t gotten to know him too personally at this point, but he seems like a great kid,” Dimon said. “Very humble, very respectful. Knowing that he’s going to be on my team and I’m going to be on his team is a good feeling.”
With spring football coming up, Dimon said he has been working on his speed. He doesn’t want to get too much bigger because he is afraid he will start to “move like a robot.”
“I’m trying to get more flexible and been working on my stretching,” Dimon said. “I can’t wait to be a Sooner, but I still have a senior season to finish.”