NORMAN, Okla. -- Demontre Hurst fell in love with Oklahoma State.
The Oklahoma junior cornerback from Lancaster, Texas, visited the Sooners' in-state rival three weeks before National Signing Day in 2009 and committed to the Cowboys, convinced that Stillwater was the place for him to spend his college career.
"I fell in love with the school and fell in love with the players," said Hurst, who was hosted by OSU defensive end Richetti Jones during his visit. "And I felt that it was a good spot for me."
Hurst committed to the Cowboys in mid-January, looking to join an up-and-coming squad coming off a Holiday Bowl berth and returning several future NFL players, including Dez Bryant, Russell Okung, Perrish Cox and Kendall Hunter.
Then, two weeks after his pledge to Oklahoma State, his dream school called.
"OU calls and says they wanted me to visit," Hurst said. "Of course I took it; they've always been my favorite school."
Shortly thereafter, Hurst de-committed from OSU deciding instead to become a Sooner.
"I fell in love with it here, too," Hurst said. "I tried to [think] it out, but I knew deep down in my heart I always wanted to be a Sooner. I made the change, and I don't regret it.
"I'm having fun here, and I've accomplished a lot here; I wouldn't change it for nothing."
Hurst joins receiver Ryan Broyles as former OSU commitments who ended up signing with the Sooners before eventually becoming one of the Big 12's best players at their positions.
The phone call from the Sooners and campus visit was a dream come true for Hurst. As much as he loved the thought of playing at OSU, he knew Norman was the place for him and didn't think twice about switching to the Sooners.
"Nothing against OSU," Hurst said. "OU has always been my favorite school. This is where I really wanted to be. This is where my heart was, and I took advantage of it. I've done good since I got here; I can't complain.
"It was nothing OSU did, they recruited me like crazy. It's just, deep down inside, growing up as a kid, I've always wanted to be in this facility and have the opportunity to be a Sooner."
Brandon Chatmon covers University of Oklahoma sports and recruiting for SoonerNation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.