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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Oklahomans who got away: No. 4

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.

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: Jeremy Shockey
Position: Tight end
Hometown: Ada
Signed with: Miami

Shockey attended Northeastern A&M after high school where he became a junior college All-American. Shockey wasn’t recruited by Bob Stoops out of high school, and harbored that ill-will even when Stoops pursued him in junior college. In a 2003 Sports Illustrated profile, Shockey said Stoops told him he'd never play at Miami, the other school Shockey was considering. According to that interview, Shockey cursed at Stoops, and told him he was “dumb” for not recruiting him out of Ada. In 2001, Shockey became an All-American tight end and was a key playmaker on the Hurricanes’ national championship team, reeling in 45 receptions, 604 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The following year, Shockey was a first-round pick of the New York Giants, where he racked up four Pro Bowl appearances.