Seibert finds his home

OU commit Austin Seibert

Austin Seibert had no idea his story would bring him to OU, but he's sure happy that's where it's heading.

Going into his second unofficial visit to Oklahoma, Belleville (Ill.) West kicker Austin Seibert knew he was going to commit to the Sooners. He just didn't know how it was going to be done.

Seibert was set to commit to OU coach Bob Stoops last Friday when Seibert's family made it to Norman, but Stoops was nowhere to be found. With Stoops at a charity event, the magic moment happened at a rest stop on the drive back home.

"He called me initially, but I didn't pick up because I had fallen asleep," Seibert said. "I called him back and let him know I was ready to commit. He was real excited."

Seibert had visited the campus for OU's first junior day so he already had a pretty good idea about the campus. Last week gave him a lot of one-on-one time with special teams coach Jay Boulware. There is no doubt Boulware played an instrumental role in landing Seibert's pledge.

Though he didn't leave Norman with an offer in February, Seibert didn't hold that against OU. And when Boulware came to school in April, it felt like a countdown to his commitment.

"All of the coaches that recruited me are great guys, but knowing he's a special teams coach, means a lot to me," Seibert said. "He knows his kicking stuff. My coaches trust him and had a lot of good things to say."

Seibert brought his brother and his father with him on the visit. He said his father loved it and knows it's the perfect spot for him. As for his younger brother, a conversion was made. Seibert admitted his brother has always liked Missouri. One day on OU's campus changed that, though.

With plans to go into the medical field, it was important for Seibert to see how things are. He received a tour of the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and said that was a big part of why he felt so comfortable with the Sooners.

"I'm done," Seibert said. "I'm set on OU. I'm committed to the school. I'm not going to be one of those guys that commits and changes his mind. That's not me. That's not I was raised."

Now a week later, Seibert said the reality is starting to set in. Following OU's offer, no new schools really entered the picture. However, it was tough to let the coaches know at Missouri and Northwestern.

The Wildcats were the first program to make the offer back in January.

"I didn't have a dream school because I never felt like I would have that chance of playing on national TV," Seibert said. "I never thought I would be good enough."

But he is. Seibert is ranked the No. 1 kicker in the nation by Kohl's Kicking Camps, and he will have the chance to earn the starting spot at OU at kicker and punter. Kicker is his first priority, but Boulware said both positions are there if he works for it and earns it.

With the commitment in the books, Seibert can finally relax. No more selling himself to coaches. No more workouts to try to earn an offer. He's a Sooner, end of story.

"I'm done," Seibert said. "I'm set on OU. I'm committed to the school. I'm not going to be one of those guys that commits and changes his mind. That's not me. That's not I was raised."

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