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Friday, December 7, 2012
What if ... Jay Norvell left Oklahoma?

By Bob Przybylo

It’s going to be an annual struggle. How long can Oklahoma keep a wide receivers coach as good as Jay Norvell before another program offers him an offensive coordinator or head coaching position?

It was right around this time last year when rumors started circulating Norvell was thinking about leaving. Wisconsin and Florida were the two schools thought to have a shot at Norvell.

It's only the beginning of December and Norvell’s name is already being thrown around again for coaching vacancies.

So what would happen for OU if Norvell left the program? It’s a reality Sooners fans do not want to face. ESPN 150 receiver Durron Neal flat out said he would have decommitted from OU last year if Norvell left.

Norvell recruited OU’s best wide receiver class in history in 2012 with three ESPN 150 recruits. This class has seen Norvell look for a couple of diamond in the roughs with three-star prospects Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas/Manvel).

But he’s not done yet. Norvell is a huge reason why OU is still in the running for ESPN 150 receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee). Treadwell, ranked No. 20 in the ESPN 150 and No. 1 overall at wide receiver, is still hopeful to make an official visit to OU.

Norvell also deserves a lot of credit for this year’s success at wide receiver. OU coach Bob Stoops asked Norvell to find him some receivers last spring, and Norvell delivered two major transfers in Justin Brown (Penn State) and Jalen Saunders (Fresno State).

With the maturity and toughness of Brown combined with the speed and explosiveness of Saunders, the position went from being a question mark to arguably the team’s strength by the end of the regular season.

Norvell does an incredible job of relating to today’s high school kids. If Norvell were to leave, it would not be a pretty sight for the Sooners in the future in terms of receiver recruiting or production when the recruits arrive on campus.