Pair caps Sooners' class
Muskogee's Owens and McGee commit crimson and cream

By Ryan Aber Modified: January 16, 2008 at 6:07 am •  Published: January 16, 2008
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MUSKOGEE — Even as Muskogee's Jameel Owens joked with teammate Stacy McGee, a crimson bill of an OU cap peaked out from under an Oklahoma State one on the table in front of the pair, hinting at the decision to come.

In the end, both donned OU caps and announced their commitment to the Sooners on Tuesday before a wrestling match at Ron Milam Gymnasium.

The commitment is non-binding. The pair will sign on National Signing Day, Feb. 6.

Owens, a wide receiver, and McGee, a defensive lineman, started by picking up caps from Tennessee and Texas Tech before discarding them and focusing on hats from the two in-state schools.

First, McGee slipped on the first OU cap, to applause from the large crowd.

Then Owens picked up the Oklahoma State cap, looked down and talked of playing with McGee in high school.

"Why can't we bleed crimson and cream together?” Owens asked before sliding off the Cowboys cap to reveal a Sooners hat.

As he did that, he unzipped his sweatshirt to reveal a No. 4 OU jersey.

During the recruiting process, Owens and McGee talked about going to the same school. On Tuesday they didn't decide to be a package deal until late. Earlier this month, the duo said they would wait until signing day to make their decisions public.

In the end, though, once they made their decisions, they wanted to get it out there and get it over with.

"I knew where I wanted to go, I might as well tell everybody now,” McGee said. "That's less pressure on me.”

Owens is the No. 7 wide receiver in the country according to Rivals.com. He picked the Sooners over Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas Tech. McGee, the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country according to the same site, chose Oklahoma over Tennessee.

Owens visited Tennessee last weekend. McGee was scheduled to make the visit but canceled so he could wrestle at the Bobby Lyons Classic on Sand Springs.

Owens and McGee are the 16{+t}{+h} and 17{+t}{+h} commits for the Sooners and only the second and third from the state.

Tulsa Union kicker Tress Way is the other in-state commit.

Owens, a U.S. Army All-American, had 59 catches for 994 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. In his career, the 6-foot-4, 225-pouder had 167 receptions for 3,444 yards and 45 touchdowns. He also saw significant action at quarterback.

With Malcolm Kelly declaring early for the NFL Draft and primary backup Adron Tennell recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Owens gives the Sooners added depth at wide receiver and figures to at least have the chance to contribute quickly.

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Jameel Owens, left, and Stacy McGee announced on Tuesday they would accept OU's offer to play football for the Sooners. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman


Muskogee's Jameel Owens, left, and Stacy McGee embrace after announcing that they will both attend the University of Oklahoma at Muskogee High School on Tuesday. by JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

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