Monday, January 28, 2013
Oklahomans who got away: No. 5
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.
Former Arkansas running back Felix Jones was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round in 2008.
As signing day approaches, SoonerNation looks at the top-five Sooner State recruits of the Bob Stoops era who ended up not being Sooners:
Player:Felix Jones Position: Running back
Hometown: Tulsa (Booker T. Washington)
Signed with: Arkansas
Even though Jones was one of the top players to come out of Oklahoma in 2005, the Sooners did not recruit him. One of the reasons was OU had sophomore-to-be Adrian Peterson returning to its backfield. In hindsight, the Sooners definitely could have utilized Jones after all the injuries Peterson endured the next two seasons. In 2006 after Peterson broke his collarbone, OU had to patch its backfield together with Chris Brown, converted defensive back Allen Patrick and walk-on Jacob Gutierrez. Jones, meanwhile, rushed for more than 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons as Darren McFadden’s wingman. He was also a two-time All-American returner. Jones became a first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, and had his best year in 2010 when he rushed for more than 800 yards.