Oklahoma didn’t have to do anything to sell Irving (Texas) Ranchview defensive lineman Brandon Glenn on Norman, Okla., being the place for him.
Whatever OU has asked of Glenn in the last month, he hasn’t batted an eye. Classified as a defensive end, OU wants him at defensive tackle.
Originally scheduled to perform at just one session of OU’s camp two weeks ago, he was asked to stay for a second session to showcase his skills.
He didn’t get the offer after the camp. He was told by OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery that he would get in touch with Glenn at a later date.
That later date came Tuesday when Glenn was offered and the final step was Friday, when Glenn confirmed his commitment to the Sooners while on an unofficial visit to campus.
“I couldn’t wait to commit,” Glenn said. “Coach Montgomery got me. He got me that first time he visited the school. I knew OU was the place for me.”
But it wasn’t just Glenn who had to be convinced. Glenn’s mother accompanied him to the camp two weeks ago, and she was back on campus Friday.
The visit answered all her questions, and she gave her full approval to the idea of Glenn committing.
Football wasn’t the issue Friday, but Glenn and his mother wanted to learn more about the academic side of OU.
“We were a little worried about the education,” Glenn said. “But after talking to the adviser and everything, we felt good. I fell in love with it, and it caught my mom’s eye.”
Glenn wanted to commit to OU on Tuesday after the offer, but he held off because he wanted to visit and because he wanted to weigh all his options. Glenn said Texas Tech was very interested, but he called the Tech coaches earlier this week and couldn’t get in touch with them. It made his decision that much easier.
Glenn also had offers from SMU and Kansas, among others. At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, most schools were seeing him at defensive end. But OU put the idea into his head of being a tackle, and Glenn is excited about the opportunity.
Knowing he was going to visit OU on Friday, it wasn’t tough for Glenn to go to sleep Thursday night. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. was another story. But once Glenn and his mother hit campus, the countdown was on to the commitment.
“I told Coach Montgomery, and he got a big smile on his face,” Glenn said. “He said, ‘That’s great news.’ “
Glenn had an abbreviated tour of the OU campus at the camp, but he got to see everything about the university Friday. With OU coach Bob Stoops on vacation, it was Montgomery who guided the visit.
And what stood out? The shoe room.
“We saw the equipment room and that shoe room was something else,” Glenn said. “That’s the first time I’ve seen boxes of size 16 shoes. I wear a 16, and I never see more than one selection. They have so many choices. It’s cool.
“The publicity was nice about asking what I was going to do next and stuff like that, but I’m happy it’s over. I can concentrate on my senior season and my grades and get ready to go to OU.”
Glenn is OU’s ninth commitment in the Class of 2014 and the first defensive lineman. He is also the first commitment for Montgomery, who is in his first year at OU since leaving Michigan for the Sooners in February.