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OU football recruiting: Sooners pick up another late commitment from Arizona Western in Dionte Savage

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, Published: February 5, 2013

Last season, the Sooners picked up one of their most immediately productive players on signing day when Arizona Western running back Damien Williams picked Oklahoma over Texas Tech.

OU hopes to repeat that success in the 2013 class, though they didn't quite have to wait until signing day this time.

Two days before signing day, Arizona Western offensive guard Dionta Savage switched his commitment to the Sooners following a final weekend visit.

Savage (6-foot-5, 345 pounds) had committed to Baylor in mid-January before taking visits to Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The Flint, Mich., native has two years to play two for the Sooners after sitting out the 2011 season to improve his academic situation. Savage blocked for Williams during the 2010 season at Arizona Western before going to a pair of other junior colleges for academic work then returning to Arizona Western in 2012.

Savage earned second-team NJCAA All-America honors as a sophomore.

“The best part of recruiting is actually feeling like you're wanted,” Savage told The Flint Journal before committing. “Division I was something that I always knew I could play and always knew I should play but in high school, I really didn't take my academics serious.

“Knowing that I have the opportunity now to play on the big stage next fall is exciting, but I'm going to prepare myself as much as I can before the season because I know it's going to be big.”