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According to colleague @wtwills09, former Baylor OL commit Dionte Savage will sign with OU on Wednesday— Jake Shaw (@SicEmSports) February 4, 2013
The Baylor Rivals site, Sic Em Sports, is reporting that one time Baylor verbal commitment, Dionte Savage (VIDEO), will sign with Oklahoma this Wednesday (National Signing Day). The 6'5" 345 pound offensive guard prospect was in Norman this past weekend, the last for official visits prior to NSD, and by all accounts came away very impressed with that he saw.
Savage is actually from the same junior college and a former teammate of current Oklahoma running back, Damien Williams. His considerable size obviously speaks for itself and he provides a massive presence on the interior of the offensive line. He's admitted to being a much better run blocker than he is in pass protection, which may not be as big of an issue as it once might have if the Sooners trend to a more run heavy offensive attack as some expect following the loss of Landry Jones.
Based on what Oklahoma has asked of their interior linemen in the past, he'll have some work to do on his footwork and blocking out in space but seems like a player more than willing to work on his weaknesses. He's a big (duh), strong guy who really excels when he can match-up with the man in front of him and use his size to drive him off the ball.
Oklahoma offered Savage very late in the process and in an interview with SoonerScoop ($), he revealed a possible lingering back injury with Adam Shead as one of the reasons behind OU offering him this late. According to reports, Shead has been taking part in winter workouts so it remains to be seen how serious, if at all, this injury may be though you'll remember it did force him to miss some time late last season.
We'll have to wait and see just how Savage fits into Oklahoma's plans at the guard spot with the Sooners returning both starters in Shead and Bronson Irwin. As well as Tyler Evans and Nila Kasitati who both missed this past season with knee injuries.
Aside from Baylor and Oklahoma, Savage also held offers from Fresno State, Kansas, New Mexico, Syracuse, Texas Tech, and West Virginia among others.
Welcome to Sooner Nation (on Wednesday), Dionte!