NORMAN — During Oklahoma's Big Monday basketball showdown against Texas, Gerald McCoy stood and cheered the whole game like any other fan in the student section. For McCoy, the big paychecks of the NFL will have to wait. At the moment, he's having too much fun in college. The All-American defensive tackle told The Oklahoman on Monday that he will return to school instead of entering April's NFL Draft. McCoy, a third-year sophomore, was considered by many draft analysts to be one of the top defensive tackles eligible for the draft and a probable first-round selection. Instead, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound McCoy will come back to anchor a Sooner defense that will return nine starters, including the entire front seven. “He was in a position where either decision would've been a good decision,” said Michael Branch, McCoy's high school football coach at Southeast. OU is still waiting on the decisions of sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford, junior tight end Jermaine Gresham and junior offensive tackle Trent Williams, who have all said they're considering leaving early for the NFL. The trio have until Thursday evening — the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft — to make their decisions. During the American Football Coaches Association national convention in Nashville, Tenn., Sooner coach Bob Stoops told reporters Monday that he had a feeling about which way Bradford was leaning. “I do, but I won't say,” Stoops told CBSSports.com. “Everyone wants to know. He'll get it figured out.” Sooner power forward Blake Griffin knows what Bradford is going through trying to decide whether to go pro. Last year, despite being a potential lottery selection, Griffin chose to return to school for his sophomore season. His advice for Bradford? "If he's the No. 1 pick, he's got the Heisman — that's a great situation,” Griffin said. “But if he does come back, he can still be a great quarterback. “And I know it sounds crazy, but maybe do even better."