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Friday, December 28, 2012
ESPN 300 DE Dimon '100 percent with OU'

By Bob Przybylo

Four-star defensive end Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) has been a firm Oklahoma commit since he pledged to the Sooners in mid-March.

He has never given an indication about things between him and the Sooners going south. For that reason, the last week has been perplexing to Dimon, who is ranked No. 284 in the ESPN 300.

Dimon helped Katy win the state championship last weekend, being named the Defensive MVP of the championship in the process. He thought he would be bombarded with people asking him about the championship. Instead, most of the attention was on Texas and the surprising rumors that he was thinking about looking at the Longhorns.

“I really don’t know how it all started,” Dimon said on Thursday night. “I had a couple of reporters texting me about Texas being interested.

“I never said I was interested in Texas. What I said was how can I not be interested if they did want to look at me? Out of respect, I would have to listen. I don’t want to burn any bridges.”

Dimon has thought about answering some of the questions on Twitter, letting people know he is still solid with the Sooners. But he’s opting to just ignore it and to start getting ready for heading to Norman in the summer.

Make no mistake about it, though, he is all about the Sooners.

“My family has read a lot of the things that have been said in the last week, but I don’t want to get into that stuff,” Dimon said. “I’m 100 percent with OU. I would feel wrong switching this close to signing day.

“I have spent like $800 worth or something like that on OU clothes. I’m so happy to be able to get a chance to play at OU.”

And OU is happy to get Dimon on campus. Dimon was among the first defensive end offers by the Sooners, and OU was clearly in the lead after his visit for junior day before nabbing his commitment 10 days later.

OU defensive ends coach Bobby Jack Wright was impressed with Dimon then and nothing has changed nearly 10 months later.

Dimon, who is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, was a force for Katy, accumulating 15 sacks and 33 tackles for loss.

His most memorable play, however, wasn’t a sack or tackle. It was an interception returned for a touchdown against Cibolo (Texas) Steele in the semifinals.

On the play, Dimon batted the pass and caught it before heading into the end zone.

“I got off the ball really well,” Dimon said. “They tried to cut me, which I liked and saw him throwing the bubble screen. I knew I was going to bat it down.

“It hit my palm, looked up and caught it. Then I was trying to get to the promised land. Used a stiff arm to show my running back ability. And then I got there. I had no idea what to do when I got to the end zone. I probably looked like an idiot, but I don’t care.”

Dimon made his official visit to OU in September so there was some speculation that maybe he was looking elsewhere.

But he said he has been talking to Wright on a weekly basis and a visit to Katy earlier this month erased any doubt Dimon might have had.

“They’re recruiting me as a defensive end. They’ve mentioned it that several times,” said Dimon, who is ranked No. 24 at defensive end and is one of three OU defensive end commits for the 2013 class. “I talked with them for a good hour. They talked about what they’re going to do with me. I’m pretty excited.

“I always enjoy talking with them. I don’t want to say too much, but there are good plans. I just have to work hard enough.”