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May 14, 2014
Seibert Set for Norman
The last time Austin Seibert was in Norman, Okla. he left disappointed with a new plan in place.
To earn a scholarship offer from Oklahoma.
His next trip to Norman saw him with his future plan in place.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound kicker from Belleville (Ill.) West took in Oklahoma's junior day on Feb. 1 and admitted he left town rededicated to earning a Sooner offer and after doing so late in April the wheels began to turn toward his commitment.
Then last weekend Seibert returned to Norman and though he left town uncommitted, he wasn't outside of the city for long before making a call to Bob Stoops.
"I went up to Oklahoma on an individual day. [Stoops] was at a charity event, I had seen all of Oklahoma during the junior day. I had been to the medical campus they have in Oklahoma and later that night we stopped at a rest stop and I committed," Seibert said.
"I talked to coach Stoops. He said he was very happy, I can't remember what he said, I just know that he was really happy."
Even in the few days since his decision the elite national kicker is enjoying some peace and quiet.
"It's definitely a relief, I don't have a lot of coaches hounding me, messaging me every day," he said. "Words can't really describe, I was grinning from ear to ear when I decided. My parents were happy.
"At the junior day [at Oklahoma], it was the sales pitch. This time it was more about the school itself, we didn't really get to do that at the junior day. We saw almost anything we wanted to; knowing they had a good medical facility, they had a physicians assistant, and that really keyed in Oklahoma for me."
The story of his desire to become a Physicians assistant is one that not only ties into his past but his kicking future.
"I broke my leg my freshman year, I had a compound fracture. And this was after surgery, when I was starting to walk again and as I was I see these little kids, 5, 6, 7 years old all going through their own rehab. So I'm trying to do something with kids, made me want to help them," he said.
During his second visit to Norman Seibert had a chance to talk with the man he hopes to replace, senior Lou Groza candidate Michael Hunnicutt but since that decision he has spent plenty of time talking with coaches from several programs who were hoping to land a commitment from the land of Lincoln.
"A couple of schools congratulated me, some that I really never contacted with I didn't talk to them at all. I think Northwestern was the one that got hurt the most, but I think that school is too hard for me anyway. They have good coaches and it didn't fit me like Oklahoma did. I don't know if Mizzou felt bad or not because I'm the first kicker they have offered in like 10 years or something."