Offensive lineman Dionte Savage picks OU
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Monday, February 04, 2013
2/04/13 at 2:31 PM
Oklahoma received its 23rd commitment on Sunday as 2013’s recruiting season is coming to a close.
Dionte Savage, a 6-5, 345-pound offensive guard from Arizona Western Community College, has chosen to play for the Sooners. He had been linked with Baylor for the past few weeks before changing his mind on Sunday.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
Savage was a 2010 teammate of OU running back Damien Williams at Arizona Western.
Savage’s journey to Oklahoma — beginning in high school — was tough. The Flint, Mich., native changed high schools before his senior year. His three rough academic years at his previous school forced him to do extra work and attend night class to graduate high school on time.
Savage left Arizona Western after his freshman season, citing homesickness, and enrolled in nearby Grand Rapids Community College in the spring of 2011. He didn’t play football in 2011 to work on his grades and attended Grand Rapids Community College.
He returned to Arizona Western in 2012, where he was named an NJCAA second-team All-American. He told Mlive.com that he’s on pace to graduate with a 3.1 cumulative grade point average and an associate’s degree in communications.
The Sooners now have commitments from three offensive lineman in its class of 2013. Savage is joined by Christian Daimler (6-6, 270) from Houston Stratford High School and Josiah St. John (6-6, 305) from Trinity Valley Community College.
National signing day is Wednesday.