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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Sooner Snapshot: OL Dionte Savage

By Brandon Chatmon

SoonerNation takes a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.

Vitals: Guard Dionte Savage (Flint, Mich./Arizona Western) | 6-foot-5, 340 pounds

Committed: Feb. 3, 2013

ESPN.com grade: 73

Picked OU over: Baylor, Texas Tech, Syracuse and others.

State of the position: The Sooners have plenty of depth along the offensive interior. Yet OU watched injuries cripple its depth in 2012 and there’s never too much competition at any position. Savage could have a tough journey to playing time but it appears nobody’s job is safe along the offensive line outside of All-Big 12 center Gabe Ikard.

Pros: “Savage is a big bodied guard with a fitting name for play in the trenches. He is a massive presence inside in both height and bulk and while the big man has shown some improved flexibility and pad level.” -- ESPN Scouting Report

Cons: “Savage is quite simply a big dude who has some limitations, but has also shown improvement during his time as a junior college player and is a better FBS prospect at this stage as a result.” -- ESPN Scouting Report

Similar to/potential role: Adam Shead. Savage is a guy who excels as a run blocker and could provide depth and be a mainstay in OU’s short yardage and goal line packages.

Expected impact: 2013. OU didn’t recruit Savage to watch from the sideline. He should compete for a starting job and, at the very least, provide quality depth and competition at guard while being a insurance policy if some of the injured Sooners at the position fail to return to good health.