Saturday, March 3, 2012
Updated: March 13, 9:50 PM ET
DE Matt Dimon commits to Oklahoma
By Bob Przybylo
Defensive end Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) verbally committed to Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon. But honestly, it had felt like Dimon was committed the second he made it to OU's campus for junior day March 3.
Dimon thought about committing that day but waited. He said he thought about committing in the middle of last week but again decided to hold off.
Nothing out of the ordinary happened Tuesday, but Dimon was done waiting as he called OU head coach Bob Stoops and defensive end coach Bobby Jack Wright with the news.
"I don't know what it was. I just felt it today. Everything felt right," Dimon said. "I called Coach Wright, but he wasn't available at first so I ended up talking with Coach Stoops and then Coach Wright. They were happy and said they think it will be a good fit."
Dimon, 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, earned his first offer from Baylor in January. And after an initial slow recruiting process, the last two months have been a whirlwind for the defensive end.
He had offers from Baylor, Arkansas and Missouri, among others, and said the Bears and Boise State were the other two teams he was considering.
But OU already had made its impression on Dimon, who had never seen the campus before junior day. He left knowing he could call Norman, Okla., his future home.
"It's a great program with a great tradition," Dimon said. "It's amazing how successful the program has been with all its past successes."
Before the OU trip, Dimon was talking about making other trips to see what was out there. His tune had changed following the OU visit and he wasn't sure where he wanted to go next.
As it turns out, the indecision was really because his decision was made. The Sooners were the choice for Dimon.
"When he was a sophomore, he was splitting time on varsity so we knew had the chance to be something pretty good," Katy coach Gary Joseph said. "He would live in the weight room if it was allowed."
Dimon isn't living in the weight room, but he has certainly spent a lot of time there since the end of last season. He said he has increased his bench press max by 40 pounds and his squat max by 50 pounds. He can bench 390 and squat 460.
Katy, Texas, is one of the best football programs in the nation, but it hasn't been a hotbed for Sooners recruiting. Although Dimon seems like he was under the radar, Joseph said Wright has been evaluating Dimon for more than a year.
"He liked what he saw, and he wanted to see some of his junior film, and he was happy with Matt's development," Joseph said.
Dimon announced his commitment on Twitter and Facebook, which led to a rather hectic day. Between adding new followers on Twitter and the congratulations messages on Facebook, there was no time to rest.
But he said that's OK.
"It has been pretty crazy, but it's been a lot of fun," Dimon said. "It feels great to have this process over with at this point, but it was a good stress. Now I can focus on my senior season."
Dimon didn't want to make an impulsive decision. He talked it over with his parents in the last week. He said his parents really liked the OU coaching staff. The distance is a little bit of a concern for his parents, but it's not an issue for Dimon.
He said he is not sure what the next step is, but he is hoping to attend OU's Red-White spring game April 14.
"I definitely want to be there. I cannot wait to get back to Norman," Dimon said.
Dimon is the second verbal commitment of OU's 2013 class and the first on defense. The Sooners picked up the commitment of running back Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch) on junior day.
With all the talk of OU recruiting in non-traditional regions, the first two commits have come from Texas.
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