Monday, February 11, 2013
OU signee unfazed by coaching move
By Bob Przybylo
Oklahoma didn’t sign any interior offensive linemen for its 2013 recruiting class, so the departure of former line coach to James Patton to Indiana on Monday didn’t resonate in a huge way among incoming recruits.
But three-star offensive tackle Christian Daimler (Houston/Stratford) was a Patton recruit from the beginning. Daimler signed with OU last week and said Monday afternoon he didn’t see the move coming but also said there were signs something was about to go down.
Patton was the first coach from any program to contact Daimler almost a year ago. Daimler got to know the rest of the OU coaches at the satellite camp in the Houston area in June, where he met offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle for the first time.
Though Daimler interacted with Patton the most, Kittle started to play more and more of a role as time went on.
Daimler committed to OU in December. Shortly after that, that’s when things really changed. He was now talking to Kittle three times a week and had slowly started to lose that personal contact with Patton.
“I heard some rumors a couple of weeks ago, but those got shut down,” Daimler said. “It’s a weird situation with him recruiting me the entire time. It happens and you have to be ready.”
The biggest indicator happened on national signing day. When Daimler was talking to the OU coaches after his national letter of intent was received, he didn’t talk to Patton at all. He said he spoke to several other Sooners coaches, but not Patton.
Daimler, who is 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, flipped to OU from Arizona State but that didn’t stop his recruitment. Texas A&M pursued Daimler hard in January. Had Daimler known Patton was going to leave, he said it wouldn’t have changed his recruitment.
“No, I don’t think that would have been a factor,” Daimler said. “I’m committed to OU and not Coach Patton. I’m going to OU to win championships. Coach Patton has been a great friend, and I wish him luck.”
Daimler said Patton let him know Monday morning via a direct message on Twitter that he was leaving OU.
Daimler is the only high school offensive lineman signed by the Sooners for the 2013 class. He said he talked to Kish on Sunday night, but Kish didn’t say anything about Patton’s pending departure.
“That makes sense, though; I guess he didn’t want me to put it on Twitter or anything like that,” Daimler said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I hear from Coach Stoops tonight to explain everything, even though he really doesn’t need to.
“It’s a business. Coach Stoops is going to do whatever is necessary to win football games. If this is what he thinks will help, then that’s what he’s going to do.”