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Stills, Jefferson are popular for recruits

11/27/2011

Oklahoma knew what it was getting on the field when it recruited California products wide receiver Kenny Stills and nickelback Tony Jefferson.

The two were at it again Saturday in OU’s 26-6 win against Iowa State. Stills was second on the team with five catches for 70 yards, while Jefferson had one of his better performances of the season with seven solo tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack.

Stills, Jefferson and running back Brennan Clay have become known as the “Cali Trio” and have helped open the door to west coast recruiting for the Sooners.

But what has become obvious this season is the impact Jefferson and Stills are having on prospective recruits. Once again, Jefferson and Stills were asked to play host to a top prospect.

“It was great to have someone around my age show me around and show me how things are at Oklahoma,” said junior college defensive back Kass Everett (Philadelphia/Pierce College).

Everett made his official visit this weekend for OU’s game against Iowa State, three weeks after his teammate safety Gerald Bowman made an official visit of his own. Bowman’s host? Jefferson and Aaron Colvin.

“I’m not originally from California so that wasn’t a big part of it, but the fact that he could relate to everything I was talking about made it a lot of fun,” Everett said about Jefferson being the host.

Stills, meanwhile, already had made a big impression on OU verbal commit wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) three weeks ago. Stills was back at it this weekend with wide receiver Derrick Woods (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood).

Woods, who was originally supposed to make his official visit to OU three weeks ago, said he enjoyed spending time with Stills.

“Kenny is a good dude. He made me feel right at home,” Woods said. “It’s always good to meet up with people who are familiar with things you’re going through. That was my first time meeting him, and I know I could have some fun and produce at OU.”

The key has been that the connections haven’t stopped after the visits. Neal and Stills communicate through Twitter messages. Jefferson and Bowman tweet each other nearly every day. The trend is continuing as Jefferson and Stills are already starting to go back and forth with Woods on Twitter.