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December 13, 2011

Sooners Look for JUCO Help on the OL

Since the completion of Oklahoma's season the over-riding theme in Oklahoma's travels across the country has been a heavy bead on the junior college ranks. That was started last Monday, and it would have been hard not to take real notice of the 6-foot-3, 340-pound two-way lineman Visesio Salt.

The Mount San Antonio College guard/defensive tackle was paid a visit by Bruce Kittle early last week and says he came away with a strong feeling about the Sooners. The big lineman is ready for an official visit to Norman, though that date has still not been set up.

"Yeah coach Kittle came by on Monday. He told me for when I come out that I will love the campus and the players and I've seen just a couple of the facilities just on Youtube and stuff. Plus, they are Division-one and you know they are in the Big 12 so they are playing good teams," Salt said. "They are always competing for bowl games so they are on the top of my list.

"Coach Kittle called me up a couple nights ago and said he was going to come down to the school. He's a really good guy."

Salt already holds offers from Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas State, Oregon State, and Utah among many others as well as already taking official visits to the Bears Gators, and Beavers.

The attention has meant a lot to him but says that with one school in particular he realizes his situation is somewhat of a rarity.

"I mean it's nice you know to have some of the big schools like that to come out and show you interest," he said. "I know with coach (Bob) Stoops they are not real heavy on recruiting junior college players but it was nice for a coach to come out and show they are looking for guys that will hopefully come in right away and pick up their program."

"Of course the education is a plus and to know a lot of great guys who have made it at the next level which is also a big goal of mine, to reach the next level."

Though Salt knows what he likes about Oklahoma, his visit date is still up in the air. However whenever he is in Norman, like the three visits he has already taken, the enjoyment of the trip will be more about his feel for the time on campus than any mental checklist he'll be running through.

"For me I'm not really looking for anything in particular I'm just wanting to see how it is for the players and just the atmosphere of being Oklahoma and where I'm staying and I just want to see how the city and campus area is," he said. "I feel like if I say I could see myself here then that's going to be the place because I've been on other recruiting visits and stuff and the places have been really nice but it hasn't felt like it's been home for me."

Though he makes no effort to hide his interest in the Sooners and the possibility of playing ball in Norman, his first trip there will be a true learning experience.

"Yeah I mean just the stuff that I've seen on ESPN and on TV. I've seen them compete for multiple bowl games and I've looked up to a lot of guys who actually played there, you know Adrian Peterson - a lot of great guys that have come out of that school. When I see guys like that, that's the type of school I want to go to."

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