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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Oklahomans who got away: No. 3

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.

Robert Meachem
Tennessee snatched Robert Meachem out of Tulsa.
As signing day approaches, SoonerNation looks at the top five Sooner State recruits of the Bob Stoops era whose ended up not being Sooners:

Player: Robert Meachem
Position: Receiver
Hometown: Tulsa
Signed with: Tennessee

The Sooners were sure they had landed the No. 1 player in the state in 2003. So sure, in fact, they had press releases typed out that Meachem had signed with OU. Instead, Meachem stunned the Sooners by signing with Tennessee, which actually delayed Bob Stoops’ signing day news conference as his staff tried to figure out what happened. In back-to-back title game appearances, OU had an excellent receiving corps in 2003 and 2004. Meachem, one of the most highly touted receivers ever to come out of an Oklahoma high school, would have made it that much better. Meachem had a brilliant career in Knoxville and set a Tennessee season record with 1,298 receiving yards on 71 catches during an All-American 2006 campaign. He ended his career ranking fourth all-time at UT in receiving yardage (2,140), fifth in receptions (125) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (17). Meachem was a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints, and was one of the team’s key receivers during the Saints’ Super Bowl run in 2009-10.