The third time was the charm. Three-star cornerback Lamar Robbins (Miami/Southridge) had been on two previous official visits only to see the school he was visiting get wiped out.
It happened the first time at Purdue when Michigan rolled the Boilermakers. Then it happened last month when Kansas State blew out West Virginia.
And when Oklahoma State took a 14-0 lead on Oklahoma on Saturday, Robbins thought it was going to happen again. The Sooners made sure it didn’t happen one more time, coming from behind for a thrilling 51-48 overtime victory against their Bedlam rival.
“The win. The win stood out. Finally,” Robbins said. “It was definitely important to me to see them come back and show the heart that they did.”
Strangely enough, had Robbins visited OU when he first intended, he wouldn’t have seen a victory. Robbins was originally scheduled to visit last month for OU’s home game against Notre Dame. A last-minute high school game schedule change forced him to stay home and not see the Irish win at Owen Field.
Robbins had been told a lot about Oklahoma, but what he was told was wrong, said Robbins.
“It was a lot more than what people say it is,” Robbins said. “They told me Oklahoma is in the middle of nowhere. That was a lie. It was a great time and a great experience.”
But not enough of a great experience to commit. Robbins said he thought about committing to OU on the visit, but he wants to take a little more time to think about things.
One thing he is considering is taking more visits. With three official visits in the books, Robbins can take two more to different schools, although he is not sure which ones they would be at this point.
Robbins was initially hosted by OU safety Tony Jefferson. But with Jefferson’s mother in town, Robbins didn’t spend as much time with Jefferson as he did with another member of the Cali Trio, wide receiver Kenny Stills.
“The way Tony carries himself, he definitely has a lot of swagger,” Robbins said. “And Kenny, man, everybody wanted Kenny’s autograph Saturday night. People were asking, ‘Kenny, can you sign my ball?’ It was constant. OU loves Kenny.”
Another person OU loves is coach Bob Stoops. Robbins said it stood out just how much support Stoops has from the community.
“He was a real cool dude,” Robbins said. “The city loves him. OU loves him. The fans, the players -- everybody loves Bob Stoops.”
Robbins said he watched film with OU defensive backs coach Mike Stoops and Stoops said he sees Robbins fitting in at cornerback.
It helped that Robbins was visiting the campus with teammate Jamal Carter, a Miami (Fla.) commit, and Miami Central safety Ahmad Thomas, an OU commit. Robbins said knowing OU is looking at kids from Florida lets him an opportunity would be there for him with the Sooners.
Robbins has been high on OU for a long time but said no decision would ever be made until he saw the campus. Now, after seeing the campus and spending time with Mike and Bob Stoops, Robbins knows OU will be in the running until the end.
When will the end be? He’s not sure.
“I don’t want to commit then go against my word and sign somewhere else,” Robbins said. “I’ve seen that happen before. I’m not going to be that guy. I loved OU. I loved seeing the crowd be hype like that and the team fight back and win. But I won’t commit anywhere until I’m 100 percent sure.”