“Sold out for 14 years. More than 88,000 people. It really doesn’t get any better than that,” Savage said.
Savage committed to Baylor two weeks ago but admitted earlier in the week he almost wished he hadn’t. His trip to Waco, Texas, was his first official visit, and he said he had no idea what other opportunities were going to be coming his way.
The OU opportunity, though, was far from guaranteed. Savage, who is 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, had not heard from any of the Sooners coaches until OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel called him Tuesday.
A point of concern for Savage is the depth chart. He doesn’t have a redshirt season left. He must play his two years. OU has a lot of depth in the interior, but there have been some injuries to Tyler Evans and Adam Shead that helped open the door for Savage.
It’s a door Savage expects to bust open.
“I’m not afraid of a little competition,” Savage said. “OU doesn’t know if they’re going to be ready. I know I will be.”
Savage took trips to Kansas and Texas Tech after his Baylor visit but said he knew immediately it was down to Baylor and OU once he stepped on OU’s campus Friday.
It was the first time he got to meet OU offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle, but it was head coach Bob Stoops who stood out the most.
“He’s a cool guy,” Savage said. “The thing with Coach Stoops is I believe him when he says something. There’s nothing shaky or funny about him.”
One person Savage was familiar with was running back Damien Williams. Williams also attended Arizona Western and was Savage’s host for the weekend.
Williams told Savage a lot of good things about why OU should be his choice. And the more he talked to Williams, the more Savage said he started to get a lot more comfortable with the thought of blocking for him once again.
“He kept telling me why he likes OU and why it was the right choice for him,” Savage said.
Savage is OU’s 23rd commit of its 2013 class and second of the weekend, joining fellow official visitor cornerback Dakota Austin (Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster).