Let's face it. We're at a slow time of the year when it comes to sports and the news that flows from them. While we're doing our best to bring you some of the best OU Baseball coverage anywhere in the internet (with some softball sprinkled in) we know that it's really football that flows through the veins of the Sooner Nation. So where going to begin a weekly conversation, among our writing staff, that we gladly invite you to participate in by using the comments section below.
Today the topic is offensive football recruits.
Q: Who is the most overrated offensive recruit to ever come to Oklahoma?
Donnie: Offensive lineman Stephen Good. He was a consensus 5-star recruit from Paris, TX who chose Oklahoma over the Longhorns. He broke all sorts of weight lifting records in high school. He was a career backup at OU and briefly signed with the WWE.
Rich: Running back Jermie Calhoun. He came in as the number 2 running back in the nation and was supposed to be the best thing to come from Texas since Adrian Peterson. After a redshirt season Calhoun found himself buried on the depth chart and never managed to crack 100 rushing yards in a game before deciding to transfer.
Joey: Receiver Trey Metoyer. He came to Oklahoma as a 5-star recruit and one of the top receivers in the country. He could never seem to get on the field and make an impact (besides spring games) and was eventually dismissed from the team.
Matt: Quarterback Brent Rawls. A Parade All-American from Shreveport, LA, Rawls never came close to living up to the hype that surrounded his arrival to Norman. In August of 2003 he found himself number four on the depth chart behind Jason White, Paul Thompson and Noah Allen and declared that he had, "never quit on anything in his life" in response to rumors that he would transfer. A month later he enrolled at Louisiana Tech.
Q: Who is the most underrated prospect to come to Okalhoma?
Donnie: Receiver Mark Bradley. He was basically a walk-on who ended up being s star at OU.
Joey: Running back Samaje Perine. He came in as a 4-star prospect and wasn't even considered the best running back in his class. Three 200+ yard games, and one NCAA record, later there's not a team in the nation that wouldn't take him.
Rich: Fullback Trey Millard. He was often an under utilized player but he allowed the Sooners to play at an uptempo speed by being able to line up at multiple positions.
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Caymen: Quarterback Sam Bradford. He was a 3-star recruit who played outstanding in his two full seasons at Oklahoma. He eventually won the Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to the BCS Championship game in 2008. In the process he became one of the greatest quarterbacks of the BCS era.
Matt: Running back Quentin Griffin. Deemed too small to be a highly rated prospect, Griffin saw his redshirt burned in 1999 and then played a pivotal role on Oklahoma's 2000 national championship team. By the time his career came to a close he had scored 31 touchdowns as a Sooner and had also reached 2,000 all-purpose yards by his 21st game in the crimson and cream.
Q: Who was the offensive recruit that was spot on when he came to OU?
Rich: Running back Adrian Peterson. He had NFL caliber written all over him coming out of high school. The expectation was that he would carry Oklahoma's offense and that's exactly what he did.
Joey: Receiver Kenny Stills. He was a 4-star recruit that was dead on. He wasn't ever going to win any national awards or anything but he was very good.
Donnie: Tight end Jermaine Gresham. He was a beast in high school and completely dominated while at OU. He was almost always the best player on the field.
Caymen: Running back Brennan Clay. He was a 4-star recruit out of high school who improved every year. He made some huge plays late in his career to solidify is place in Oklahoma Football.
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Matt: Running back DeMarco Murray. Rivals had him listed as the #2 all-purpose back coming out of high school and he certainly didn't disappoint at Oklahoma. He ran for over 1,000 yards twice in his Sooner career (once while splitting carries with Chris Brown in 2008) and ended up with 50 rushing touchdowns and 3,685 rushing yards. He also caught 157 passes at OU with an average of 10 yards per reception.