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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Oklahomans who got away: No. 2

By Jake Trotter

Wes Welker
New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, an Oklahoma City native, went to Texas Tech.
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.

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: Wes Welker
Position: Receiver
Hometown: Oklahoma City
Signed with: Texas Tech

The Oklahoma City private school superstar famously almost didn’t get a single FBS offer until Texas Tech coach Mike Leach had a scholarship open late. Welker had a tremendous college career with 259 receptions for 3,019 yards and 21 touchdowns. After winning the 2000 national championship, the Sooners took a step back offensively in 2001 and 2002. Welker could have been a much needed spark those years. As good as Welker was in college, he’s been even better in the pros – even though he went undrafted. After getting traded to the New England Patriots in 2007, Welker has had at least 100 receptions in five of six seasons. Welker has totaled four All-Pro seasons, and led the league in receptions three times.