Junior college offensive tackle Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley) has been talking to Oklahoma offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle for several months.
This weekend he was finally able to put faces to the voices. St. John was one of several top recruits on official visits for OU’s showdown with Notre Dame.
“It was good to see those guys in person,” St. John said. “It was a chance to have better conversations and meet Bob Stoops. He’s a really cool coach, not as uptight as I expected him to be.”
St. John, who is 6-foot-6 and 295 pounds, didn’t know how long he had an offer from Sooners. He found out he was offered by OU in August but didn’t know it until he was able to get it confirmed by Patton a couple weeks after the fact. He has been talking with Patton on a weekly basis for the last two months.
St. John said the goal of his visit was to get a better understanding of the atmosphere and environment at OU. In that regards, the trip was a complete success.
“The visit was better than what I thought it was going to be,” St. John said. “The fans were crazy the entire time. The atmosphere was incredible.”
He said he had heard about OU’s tradition, but it hit home when he saw all the championships in the hallways and seeing photos of all the great players who have played for the Sooners.
St. John was hosted by freshman running back David Smith. Smith hasn’t seen any time on the field, but St. John said he was a little surprised at how excited Smith is about his time in Norman so far.
“He was telling me that it’s a really good place to play,” St. John said. “He said if you can play at OU, you can play anywhere in the NFL.”
One of the biggest things St. John wanted to see was the strength and conditioning program. He was able to meet with Jerry Schmidt. And after meeting with Schmidt, St. John said he is even more excited about the prospect of playing at OU.
“I know it would be a lot of work, but you cannot question the tradition or the results produced,” he said.
This visit was the first one he has taken since summer visits to Texas Tech and Baylor. He still has two more official visits, but he’s not sure which schools he will see. He is also interested in Washington and Miami (Fla.), among others.
St. John has three years to play two and said he hopes to make his decision by early December.