- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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Four-star offensive tackle Matt Beyer (San Antonio/Reagan) wanted to make his college decision before the start of his senior season. After a week visiting family in Minnesota to relax and think about things, he was ready.
Beyer confirmed Monday that he has verbally committed to Oklahoma.
He visited the OU campus for junior day in February, but it would take another four months before he would receive an offer from the Sooners.
Beyer injured his back last summer and there were concerns about his health. However, Beyer silenced those critics with a solid spring, and the offer list grew with each week. Entering last week, the four schools Beyer had been talking to the most were OU, Oregon, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
It also didn't hurt OU's cause that a couple of his former teammates are already on campus in the Knight brothers. Quarterback Trevor Knight was OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel's No. 1 choice for the 2012 class. Trevor's twin brother, Connor, is a preferred walk-on at tight end.
Beyer said last week Trevor has been talking to him about playing together in Norman since Trevor's commitment last July. And it was Trevor who broke the news via Twitter on Monday morning.
Beyer had a fun time on a visit to Oregon two weeks ago and said he was hoping his visit to see family and friends in Minnesota would help clear his head. One thing he didn't need was another trip to OU. Because of his previous trip there and his relationship with the Knight brothers and OU offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle, Beyer said it simply wasn't necessary.
Beyer is the 12th commitment for OU's 2013 class and the second at offensive tackle. Three-star prospect Dalton Rodriguez (Tulsa, Okla./Union) committed in May.
The Sooners are most likely not done at the position as it looks like OU will take three offensive tackles for the class.
Beyer's commitment is some much needed good news for OU fans. The Sooners saw four defensive targets come off the board in the last 24 hours.
Four-star offensive tackle Matt Beyer has committed to OU. He is the former teammate of quarterback signee Trevor Knight.