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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Top Oklahoma Sooners recruit misses

By Brandon Chatmon

Recruiting is an inexact science. Oklahoma has seen plenty of success on the recruiting trail, landing Heisman winners and NFL first round picks in the last five seasons. Yet, the Sooners have seen their share of misses as well. Here’s a look at the Sooners' top misses in recent years.

Tight end Austin Haywood, Class of 2010

Jermie Calhoun
Highly touted running back Jermie Calhoun ended his career at Angelo State.
Haywood was the No. 48 recruit in the ESPN 150 and No. 3 tight end in the nation with a 82 rating from ESPN scouts out of Moore (Okla.) Southmoore High School. And he looked like a terrific signee early in his career. Then he quit midway through the 2011 season and never returned. He likely would have been a four-year contributor and two-year starter if he had not quit on his team.

Running back Jermie Calhoun, Class of 2008 

Calhoun was the No. 7 recruit in the ESPN 150 and No. 1 running back in the nation with a 90 rating from ESPN scouts out of Van (Texas) High School. He never made a major impact, recording 242 rushing yards in 16 games before leaving the program in 2011. He had 89 carries for 341 yards and two touchdowns in nine games played for Angelo State (Texas) in 2012.

Receiver Jameel Owens, Class of 2008

Owens was the No. 72 recruit in the ESPN 150 and No. 15 receiver in the nation with a 82 rating from ESPN scouts out of Muskogee (Okla.) High School. He played in nine games as a true freshman recording 4 catches for 44 yards. He transferred to Tulsa after the 2009 season then left the Golden Hurricane program in 2011.

Receiver Josh Jarboe, Class of 2008

Jarboe was the No. 13 recruit in the ESPN 150 and No. 3 receiver in the nation with a 86 rating from ESPN scouts out of Decatur (Ga.) Cedar Grove High School. Jarboe never wore crimson and cream after making a controversial internet rap video. He was forced to go the junior college route before landing at Arkansas State to play his final two seasons. He finished his career with 119 receptions for 1,548 yards and seven touchdowns for the Red Wolves.

Receiver Adron Tennell, Class of 2006

Tennell was the No. 36 recruit in the ESPN 150 and No. 5 receiver in the nation with a 85 rating from ESPN scouts out of Irving (Texas) High School. He had 40 receptions for 505 yards and five touchdowns in 35 career games. He never started a game in crimson and cream. He arrived on campus with a lot of hype but never fulfilled those expectations.