OU's possible Pac-16 recruiting impact
Originally Published: September 9, 2011By Greg Biggins | ESPN Recruiting
LOS ANGELES -- If the rumblings from the Midlands are true, Oklahoma could join the Pac-12 sooner rather than later. The Sooners already have a tradition of recruiting well in California, and with an emphasis on West Coast recruiting they could become more successful in one of the nation's most fertile recruiting regions. Former Wilmington, Calif./Banning quarterback Jamelle Holieway led the Sooners to a national championship in 1985. Holieway remains the only true freshman quarterback to lead his team to the national title and is regarded as one of the greatest option quarterbacks of all time.
Safety Roy Williams, who played for Logan City, Calif./James Logan, was a sophomore starter on the Sooners' 2000 National Championship team. He won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top overall defensive player and the Jim Thorpe Award the following year as a junior.
Although his career never panned out, the Sooners beat out schools from all over the country for quarterback Tommy Grady of Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison in 2003 and now have Brennan Clay, receiver Kenny Stills and safety Tony Jefferson, all from San Diego and all from the class of 2010, in the starting lineup.
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