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Safety Erik Huhn comfortable with Sooners

5/8/2012

Safety Erik Huhn (Cibolo, Texas/Steele) knows where he thinks he can contribute in college. There isn’t a doubt in his mind that he was born to play safety.

The good thing for Oklahoma fans is that OU defensive coordinator and secondary coach Mike Stoops is in complete agreement with Huhn. Stoops was one of several defensive back coaches to visit Huhn in the last couple of weeks and the coach made it clear the Sooners see him as a safety.

“That made me feel really good,” Huhn said. “I’ve been playing safety my entire life. It’s what I know and what I’m comfortable with.”

Huhn, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, said some schools have recruited him as an outside linebacker.

Stoops' visit reassured Huhn that the Sooners belong on his short list. Huhn has been quiet about his recruitment and didn’t make a big deal about picking up the OU offer during its junior day in February. But don’t mistake his quiet demeanor as him not being interested. Huhn said he is very interested in the Sooners.

“I was real surprised when I got the offer, but after being there, I feel great about OU,” Huhn said. “The campus was beautiful. Everybody knows about their winning tradition.”

Huhn said he has been in frequent contact with Stoops since junior day, but he is not ready to make a decision anytime soon. He said he is not even ready to narrow down his list of favorites. He likes Baylor, TCU and Texas, and has offers from the Bears and and Horned Frogs. But he's still waiting for an offer from the Longhorns.

“[Not having an offer from Texas isn't] frustrating," he said. "I have a good relationship with Texas coach [Duane] Akina. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

Huhn showed his versatility during his junior season. He was already known as someone who can help out on run support, and he admits he likes to come down the line and hit. But Huhn can play a role in coverage as evidenced by his eight interceptions.

One thing Huhn said he has liked about Stoops is the straightforward approach, telling Huhn all he will get is an opportunity. What he does with that opportunity will be up to Huhn.

“He’s a really good coach. If I go there, he said I’m going to have to earn everything,” Huhn said. “It’s all going to be about how hard I work.”

Huhn said he would like to make his decision before the start of his senior season, but he has no official timetable. He also has offers from Purdue, Duke and recently picked up an offer from Northwestern.

“I’m taking a hard look at academics. Wherever I go for football, it’s going to be great,” Huhn said. “But I have to go a place I’m going to enjoy and get the best education I can for the next four or five years.”