April 23, 2009

Sooners Extend Early In-State Offer

It's no secret that Oklahoma's on-field success has a lot to do with in-state recruiting. Of the four players on the Oklahoma roster currently rated as first-round picks for next year's NFL draft three of them hail from the Sooner state, two of which are from the Oklahoma City area. With talents like Sam Bradford, Jermaine Gresham, and Gerald McCoy it's hard to believe that the Sooners set a new precedent on Wednesday.

However, for Oklahoma City Millwood star athlete Josh Turner that's exactly what took place when the Sooners extended perhaps their earliest verbal offer to an in-state prospect in Bob Stoops' illustrious tenure in Norman.

"(Millwood offensive coordinator) Kevin Cox sent me a text and he told me he had some good news. He told me to call the Oklahoma coaches to find out," Turner recalled.

"I was supposed to call coach [Bob] Stoops but he was in a golf tournament. So then I talked to coach [Brent] Venables and he was telling me we don't normally offer sophomores like this and to keep working hard.

"He said they liked my film though."

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