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Favors enjoys a potential challenge

What stood out to Rashod Favors during his recent trip to Oklahoma says a lot about the Fort Worth Dunbar linebacker's work ethic. During the trip the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Favors did the usual tour of the facilities, met and shook hands with coaches, academic advisers and many more of the Oklahoma staff.
However it was perhaps the most feared man among Sooner football players that caught the attention of Favors.
"They gave us the campus tour, showed us some classes, the student center, some highlight films and then we had a chance to sit down and talk with Bob Stoops and we got to talk to the strength and conditioning coach (Jerry Schmidt).
"He was showing us some stuff called plyometrics and showed us a lot of techniques that a lot of people don't use.
"He was telling me 'Shod I'm going to get you down here and going to tone you all the way up man'. He was a real cool dude and you could tell he would get the most out of you."
Coming into the trip Schmidt's talk about getting Favors on campus was a bit far-fetched as the three-star linebacker didn't yet hold an offer.
Even after Favors left he admits he wasn't sure where he stood with linebackers coach Brent Venables but he didn't have to spend much time worrying about it as the Sooners quickly rendered a final decision.
"I went down there on Thursday, and I went down there to check out the school. I sat in the coaches office, and we just kind of talked about everything. That Sunday (Venables) let me know that I had an offer," he said.
Favors says a portion of his questions revolved around what role he would fill within Oklahoma's defense for the coming year should he elect to be a Sooner. In the end it doesn't matter where they see Favors playing so much as he'd simply like to know what the plan is.
"They said I could make an impact at MIKE or outside linebacker maybe even a hybrid safety," he said. "Really it doesn't matter, I'm just up for the challenge."
Favors, who shares a practice field with Dominique Sanders and Darius White, says that while his team doesn't take part in official spring practice they are working hard to prepare themselves for the summer 7-on-7 tournament.
"We just do 7-on-7. I just mainly play linebacker and safety stuff," he said. "Even though I just play defense and they play offense we push each other to get better."
Favors, whose most recent offers from UTEP, Oklahoma State, Rice, and Kansas, says that he is in no rush to make a decision but as he gets closer to it the Sooners seem to be in good standing.
"Hopefully I would like to know after our first game of the season, but if not by then after the season is over I'll make the choice," he said. "I'm just kind of open, but (Oklahoma) is real high on my board."