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January 20, 2009

Dupy visits TU, remains solid

Trent Dupy, a 6-foot-3 and 280-pound offensive lineman from Enid (OK) High School and a University of Tulsa commitment, made his official visit to the Tulsa campus this past weekend. Although he's still hearing from a number of schools, his commitment to the Golden Hurricane remains rock solid.

"I had a great visit to Tulsa this weekend," Dupy said. "Other schools are still recruiting me, but I'm solidly committed to Tulsa. I've heard recently from both OU and OSU, but I've told them I'm staying with Tulsa."

Although Dupy played on both sides of the ball as a senior, he knows where he'll line up for Tulsa.

"I had a chance to sit down with (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Herb) Hand, and he wants me to play offensive center," he explained. "Coach Hand and I have a great relationship and if that's where they want me to play -- that's where I'll play. I'm just a football player and will play where they need me."

"Clint Anderson was my host this weekend, and I really enjoyed spending time with him. We're kind of from the same mold. I got to meet a lot of the players and recruits visiting this weekend, and I'm really excited about this years recruiting class."

As a defensive lineman this past year, Dupy recorded 71 tackles and was named District 6A-4 Defensive Lineman of the Year and recently was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Team.

Dupy possesses the size and strength for the offensive line -- benching 425-pounds and squatting 585-pounds. However, he feels his past experiences on the defensive side of the ball has prepared him for the center position.

"By playing defense, I'm used to really hitting someone, and now I can enjoy knocking down linebackers," he stated. "I have a good knowledge of the game. I feel I can do equally well pass blocking as I can driving a block for the run."

Dupy is getting a head start on his college hours, and with that head start, feels he will be able to contribute early at Tulsa.

"I'm taking six hours of college credit right now in high school," he concluded. "This spring I plan on spending time at Tulsa sitting in on football meetings and learning their terminology. Then, this summer I'll enroll and take some more classes."

"My goal is to play as a true freshman."

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