Deer Creek senior offensive tackle Jacob Sexton grew up a Texas fan. When the 6-6, 285-pound, four-star recruit narrowed his recruiting list to five schools earlier this summer, the Longhorns were among his finalists.
In the end, however, a home run official visit to Oklahoma helped cement the idea that Norman was the right side of the Red River rivalry for him.
“It really came down to Texas and OU, depending on how each of those visits went,” claimed Sexton. “I really think it was just the relationships I felt and an overall gut feeling of the place. It’s just really where I felt like home was.”
“Every D-I school has a great weight room, a great training room and all those facilities and everything, added Sexton, who also considered Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Alabama. “It really came down to where I wanted to be and who I wanted to be around.”
Sexton silently committed to the Sooners a couple of weeks ago after taking his five official visits. He waited until the Fourth of July weekend to go public with his decision.
His commitment video, which shows him deciding between Texas and OU, received 122,000 views on Twitter the first four days it was released.
“It’s insane. It really is. To have 122,000 people watch your video is really cool,” Sexton said. “It’s really exciting to know that I can have that kind of exposure.”
“Once I decided that OU was the place, the video was kind of just showing everybody that even though I was a Texas fan growing up, it doesn’t mean I have to be one for life,” added Sexton. “Now I’m a Sooner. That’s pretty cool.”
With the stress of recruiting behind him, Sexton is looking forward to a successful senior season for him and his Deer Creek teammates.
“It changes where my energy and output need to be,” said Sexton. “Now I can focus on all the hard work that got me there. All the hours in the weight room and on the field, getting back to that is going to be great. Finally having time with my high school team will be great too.”
“I’m really excited and happy with my decision,” admitted Sexton. “I’m ready to work.”