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December 13, 2011Last month, 6-2, 265-pound Claremore (Okla.) lineman Dylan Foxworth accepted an offer from Tulsa. The 3-star prospect made his official visit to the Golden Hurricane campus last weekend and is more excited than ever to get started at TU.
"It was so great," he exclaimed. "All the older guys were really good to all of us, and I'm ready to get in there and learn from those guys, like Trent Dupy and Jake Alexander, and really develop into a good football player. It's a great coaching staff that really cares about their guys as well.
"The absolute best part was all the other commits. After about 20 minutes of hanging out, it's like we had known each other for years. We all get along great and each bring something special to the team on and off the field."
Foxworth also spent time with Wagoner (Okla.) athlete Kevin Peterson, who was also taking an official visit to Tulsa.
"It was great getting to know (Peterson), and I hope he had a good time with us," Foxworth said. "We really need him to come be a part of Tulsa football."
After getting an in-depth look at the Tulsa campus and facilities, Foxworth felt even more secure with his decision to commit to the Hurricane.
"Well, I just really enjoyed the smaller college atmosphere and I think the whole coaching staff are quality people, and I am excited about where they're taking the program," he described. "I really like how the teammates interacted with each other. It just seemed like a great atmosphere to be a part of.
"It actually seemed like a team, not a just a big business which is how it felt at some other universities I have looked into. Also, it's really close to home."
Foxworth chose Tulsa over offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Air Force and Wyoming, as well as interest from Oklahoma State, Princeton and others.
The gritty lineman was a two-way starter for Claremore, leading the Zebras offense up front at center and disrupting opposing offenses from the defensive end spot. On the defensive line this season, he racked up 74 tackles, two sacks, a fumble recovery and a field goal block.
"I felt like I played well as an individual and had the kind of year I needed to earn a scholarship at Tulsa," he said. "But for me, it's all about wins and losses, and we were 4-6, so I wasn't exactly happy about the outcome.
"The thing I really enjoyed the most was playing with all of my teammates one last time. I've been playing with a few of those guys since fifth grade, Chase Talbert being one of them, so we are all close."
Last spring and summer, Foxworth was invited to the Football University Regional camp in Dallas, as well as a Top Gun camp in Virginia. He ended up with Most Valuable Player honors in Dallas.
He has improved his 40-yard dash time to 4.82 seconds and now bench presses over 300 pounds and squats over 500 pounds.
"I'll sacrifice anything for the team, I'm meaner than most offense lineman -- I'm a little undersized, so I have to be -- finish blocks, and I have good feet," he said when asked about his strengths. "I have a long way to go, but I'll have a great line coach here at Tulsa as well as a great strength staff that I think can really help me become a special football player."
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