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Friday, February 1, 2013
Oklahomans who got away: No. 1

By Jake Trotter

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma has dominated recruiting in its home state. But every now and then, the Sooners have missed out on a key prospect. Either because they’ve overlooked him, or because, well, that prospect just wanted to go elsewhere.

Justin Blackmon
Justin Blackmon had 19 catches for 203 yards in three games against the Sooners.
As signing day approaches, SoonerNation looks at the top-five Sooner State recruits of the Bob Stoops era who ended up elsewhere:

Player: Justin Blackmon
Position: Receiver
Hometown: Ardmore
Signed with: Oklahoma State

To sign Dejuan Miller, Josh Jarboe and Jameel Owens, the Sooners elected to pass on Blackmon, whom ESPN rated the No. 139 WR in the country. That would end up being one of the biggest recruiting mistakes perhaps in the school’s history of recruiting the state. Blackmon went on to become just the second receiver to win the Biletnikoff Award twice while leading OSU to its first outright Big 12 title in 2011. While all four-star recruits, neither Miller, Jarboe nor Owens combined came close to matching Blackmon’s production. Miller made 13 career starts, but fell out of the receiving rotation by his senior year. Owens transferred to Tulsa after his freshman season, then later quit football altogether. Jarboe was dismissed from the team before the start of fall practice his true freshman year, following a gun charge and explicit rap video that made the rounds on YouTube.