JENKS — Minutes after officially becoming an Oklahoma Sooner, Gabe Lynn was chomping on a piece of Kansas State cake.
The purple-and-white frosted dessert was on a KSU decorated table in the lobby of the Frank Herald Gym for those celebrating the Wildcats’ signing of Lynn’s Jenks teammate Tramaine Thompson. Nevertheless, with his crimson cap and white T-shirt, both bedecked with the OU logo, Lynn mingled with the K-State crowd.
“I thought you were devoted to OU,” joked a purple-clad member of Thompson’s crew.
Lynn is now. But despite growing up in Oklahoma, he wasn’t always.
“OU is a good fit for me now at this stage of my football career,” said the 6-foot, 185-pound Lynn. “But I didn’t grow up wanting to be a Sooner. Before now I have never been a big OU fan. I liked Texas and Miami.”
Nevertheless, the Jenks All-American defensive back had a change of heart over the past year.
“The recruiting process really started on this day last year,” Lynn said of signing day 2008. “Through that process, I realized OU was the right place for me. It was a relief when I gave my (verbal) commitment, but today is a day that I’m glad is here. Today it’s official.”
Lynn was one of five Jenks players who signed a national letter of intent Wednesday in front of a crowd of students that filled up one side of the gymnasium and a horde of TV cameras.
“I enjoyed all the recruiting at first,” said the 18-year old. “But it got old pretty quick. I’m happy to have signed the papers.”