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Monday, November 19, 2012
Jesse Brubaker talks Tulsa pledge

By Damon Sayles


SMU has lost its second commitment since the weekend, this one coming in 6-foot-4, 260-pound Jesse Brubaker (Wylie, Texas/Wylie East), who switched his pledge to Tulsa following an official visit.

Brubaker, a tight end and defensive lineman for Wylie East, took the visit to Tulsa and said the experience was more than enough to make him want to switch from SMU. Brubaker has been a Tulsa fan for quite some time, and the Golden Hurricane’s 23-21 victory over Central Florida to clinch the Conference USA West Division title served as icing on the cake for him.

“I’ve been a fan of Tulsa since they contacted me in the spring,” said Brubaker, who was recruited by Tulsa secondary coach Jess Loepp. “I had liked everything about them, and I was [at Tulsa] the whole weekend. I had a great time there.

“I really like all the coaches, every one of them. When I had the chance to talk to the players, they were all down-to-earth players.”

Brubaker said he has no ill feelings toward SMU and thanked the coaching staff for recruiting him. He said playing at Tulsa “was a better opportunity.” Brubaker’s caught 32 passes for 405 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end this season, but he is expected to play on the defensive line for the Golden Hurricane.

“I’ll play D-tackle,” Brubaker said. “They never had film to watch of me before, because I’d never played defense until this year. When they got the film, they liked it.

“I just think it will be more beneficial for me at Tulsa. I think that’ll be real cool to see how it goes.”