- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
Dallas Jesuit inside linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni has heard plenty about the game-day experience at Texas A&M's Kyle Field. So along with a teammate, Dallas Jesuit offensive tackle and Texas A&M commitment J.J. Gustafson, Mastrogiovanni decided to experience it for himself to see if it lived up to the hype.
"I think it did," said Mastrogiovanni, an Oklahoma commitment. "I've heard so much about how loyal the fans are to their team and that proved to be true. When it became obvious that LSU was going to get the win there in the last couple of minutes, I didn't notice any of the fans leaving, which was pretty cool. They proved themselves to be really loyal team so I found that to be a pretty special quality, what the fans did to the players."
The ESPN 300 linebacker, who is ranked seventh at his position nationally, has been committed to Oklahoma since June. That hasn't kept the Aggies coaches from reaching out to him and inviting him to games. Texas A&M receivers coach David Beaty, linebackers coach Matt Wallerstedt and special teams coordinator Brian Polian have all been in contact with the four-star prospect, but he said he still has his heart set on Oklahoma right now.
"Yeah, their coaches still talk to me some and keep in touch but I'm really confident that OU is the place for me," Mastrogiovanni said. "Signing day is a long ways away but as of right now I'm really sold on being a Sooner."
The trio of Aggies coaches has made a positive impression on him, however.
"I really like all those guys a lot, honestly," he said.
A week before his unofficial trip to College Station, Texas, Mastrogiovanni got the chance to take in the Red River Rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas at the Cotton Bowl. He said he will try to return to Norman, Okla., for the Baylor game and he certainly plans on attending Bedlam when the Sooners host Oklahoma State. He won't be able to take in the Sooners game against Notre Dame this coming Saturday because it's his high school's homecoming.
Whether he'll take official visits to any school other than OU isn't determined yet, though he said he'd prefer not to do so.
"I felt like I owed it to J.J. and the (Texas A&M) coaches to come out to at least one game and check it out because I've heard so much about how amazing the game day atmosphere is at Kyle Field," Mastrogiovanni said. "So I felt like I owed it to J.J. and the coaches to make it out to at least one game. It's obviously a really special place and I had a really good time, but as of right now, I'm really sold on OU. I'll continue talking to the coaches and that kind of thing but as of right now I'm really solid on Oklahoma."
8dSam Khan Jr.