Sunday, January 13, 2013
Three-star commit comfortable with OU
By Bob Przybylo
There was a different feeling for three-star offensive tackle Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) walking around the Oklahoma campus this weekend.
It wasn’t his first time, but it was a much better time. Daimler made an unofficial visit with his father during the summer where Daimler admitted he fell in love with the Sooners.
Three-star offensive tackle Christian Daimler enjoyed his official visit to Oklahoma.
The offer, though, didn’t come during the summer. The offer came last month and the commitment shortly followed, flipping from Arizona State to OU on Dec. 19.
Daimler, who is 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, took his official visit to OU this weekend and now knows he has made the right choice.
“I was extremely impressed,” Daimler said. “Everything they had to offer was everything that I expected. Just getting a chance to interact with all the coaches and players and getting to know them better was my favorite part.”
Daimler walked the campus in the summer hoping it would be his home. He walked the campus this weekend knowing it’s his home.
He was hosted by redshirt freshman offensive lineman Kyle Marrs, who gave Daimler a clear-cut message: be ready to work.
“That’s a big thing with OU,” Daimler said. “If you come in and do what they ask, you’re going to become the best player you can possibly be.”
Daimler said he didn’t have specific questions for the coaching staff, but he did enjoy getting to know all of them a lot better.
OU offensive guards and center coach James Patton told Daimler the Sooners would revisit Daimler following his senior season. Patton and OU lived up to their word, and Daimler said that trust he feels with OU has never been duplicated.
“The biggest deciding factor for me was the honesty of all the coaches,” Daimler said. “They’re not promising me a starting spot. They’re saying everything is a competition. If I earn the right to play, then I’m going to play.”
One of Daimler’s favorite parts of the visit was viewing all the OU championships and putting on the No. 74 Sooners jersey and taking a picture with coach Bob Stoops.
“What a feeling,” Daimler said. “You know, like, this is really going to happen. It was so cool to put that jersey on.
“And I felt like part of the team. I’m not even on campus yet, but the players and coaches were treating me like one of the guys. I can’t wait.”
Daimler is one of two OU offensive tackle commits. The Sooners are still hoping to add at least one more for the 2013 class.