Seibert pumped for OU offer

OU kicker Austin Seibert

OU finally pulled the trigger on its first kicker offer and is going after the best in the nation.

Belleville (Ill.) West kicker Austin Seibert isn't afraid to say it. He left Oklahoma mad after his junior day visit in February. His goal was to go to Norman, talk with the coaches and head back to Illinois with a Sooners offer.

He had to wait nearly three months, but that offer came his way Tuesday afternoon as Seibert is OU's first kicker offer for the Class of 2015.

Seibert, a three-star kicker, is considered the No. 1-ranked kicker in the nation by most recruiting services that focus on the kicking aspect of the game.

OU special teams coach Jay Boulware visited the school Tuesday morning to watch Seibert work out. After that, it was only a matter of time.

"This was the first time I felt nervous," Seibert said. "I really wanted this offer. After I kicked that first ball, though, I felt fine. I knew after my first kick, I was on for this day."

The performance was obviously good enough for Boulware to stop straddling the fence and offer Seibert before heading back on the road.

Seibert wasn't supposed to be in Norman for junior day. He said he had another visit scheduled. But once Boulware asked if he was interested, plans changed.

"They just beat Alabama, I mean c'mon," Seibert said. "Of course I want to see what's there. Everything was really nice. Coach Boulware was talking about all the renovations they're going to do. And I was like, ‘why?' because everything is already so nice."

Seibert is up to eight offers with more most likely on the way. Tennessee came through last week and Indiana and Penn State were both supposed to make the trip Thursday.

Of his offers, he said the one from Missouri stands out the most because of how close it is from home and because of the Tigers' success on the field.

OU, though, is right there near the top. Boulware's reputation is going a long way toward helping the Sooners potentially land Seibert.

"I want a coach that's going to help me get to the next level," Seibert said. "Some of these schools don't have coaches that push kickers. He has shown me he knows what he's doing. My coaches have said a lot of great things about Coach Boulware and his history with kickers."

Seibert said the Sooners are viewing him as a combination of kicker and punter with Boulware stressing he'll have to work his butt off to earn the starting spot at either or both positions.

Seibert said he is hopeful to get in touch with Boulware again to set up another trip to Norman where Seibert could get to know the coaches even more.

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