The Sooners have been hitting the junior college recruiting trail the last few weeks, snagging defensive end Chaz Nelson (Columbus, Ohio/Garden City CC) and tight end Brannon Green (Altamont, Kan./Fort Scott CC). The Sooners are in on cornerback Kass Everett and safety Gerald Bowman, as well as a few other top jucos.
But junior-college transfers don’t always pan out. Here are five that didn’t in the Bob Stoops era:
Mike Reed, linebacker
Reed was the Sooners' highest-rated recruit from the Class of 2007, which also included Frank Alexander, Ryan Broyles and Jamell Fleming. But Reed, out of Yuba College in Marysville, Calif., never stepped on the field. Reed also had a family that moved with him to Norman, and he had a difficult time supporting them with only scholarship checks. Reed eventually transferred to Central Oklahoma.
Mike Balogun, linebacker
After starting the 2008 national championship game, Balogun was primed for a big season in 2009. But a couple of weeks before the opener, Balogun was ruled ineligible for participating in semi-pro games in Maryland, and Balogun lost his appeal with the NCAA. He stayed on with the Sooners until the end of the season and has tried to make it in the NFL. Balogun was signed as an undrafted free agent by the 49ers and bounced around several teams since.
J.R. Bryant, linebacker
Out of Garden City (Kan.) Community College, Bryant was actually more heavily recruited than Balogun and had offers from Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. But Bryant never became a factor and was relegated to special teams duty.
Chris Patterson, linebacker/defensive end
The 6-foot-5 defensive end/outside linebacker signed with OU of high school but had to go to junior college at Northeastern (Miami, Okla.). He signed with OU again but never stuck and ended up at Kansas State.
Brandon Keith, offensive tackle
Like Patterson, Keith signed with the Sooners out of NEO in ’05. But he didn’t play his first year and elected to transfer to Northern Iowa, where he had a stellar career. Keith is now the starting right tackle for the Arizona Cardinals.
(Read Bob Przybylo's take on the top five junior college players that played well for Bob Stoops and the Sooners.)