An offer from Oklahoma on Nov. 9 ignited Nolensville (Tenn.) defensive end Taylor Wein’s recruiting process.
Offers from USC, Ole Miss, Missouri and Virginia Tech followed, but ultimately the Sooners won the three-star’s commitment after a weekend trip to Norman.
“It was the atmosphere and the culture,” Wein said of his pledge to Oklahoma. “I think they have a great developmental program and they’re going to do great with the class they’re coming in. I think they’re going to develop with the kids and it’s going to be great.”
Along with watching Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State 28-13 in Bedlam, Wein also got to spend a lot of time with the Sooners’ coaching staff.
“Coach (Brent) Venables, Coach (Miguel) Chavis and Coach (Ted) Roof – they all do a great job and are great leaders and men of God. They are great people to guide me and make me a better athlete and make me a a better athlete I’m a better person overall.”
“I got to spend a lot of time with Coach Chavis. I had a lot of one-on-one conversations with him and Coach Venables as well. They’re just great guys and I want them to grow me and help me reach my goals. .”
Oklahoma defensive backs coach Miguel Chavis had been in contact with Wein for some time before extending an offer. He believes the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect has all the tools to be successful in the Sooners’ defense.
“They said I was a ‘diamond in the rough,'” Wein said. “I didn’t have the position, but I had the talent and the motor and the drive. They think I’m going to be very successful.”
For Wein, he’s happy to see his efforts to become a better player in the goal line translate into an opportunity to play big-time football in Norman.
“For me, it just meant that all my hard work paid off,” Wein said. “I worked my tail off all offseason and all year as well. Being able to produce that on film definitely helped me make the decision to believe in myself.”
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