NORMAN — All signs point to safety Tony Jefferson and receiver Kenny Stills skipping their senior seasons at Oklahoma and entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
ESPN.com reported Sunday, citing a source, that both juniors had already decided to enter the draft.
Sources close to the program indicated Sunday that Jefferson and Stills were leaning toward forgoing their final seasons of college eligibility, but that no official decision had been made.
One NFL scout told The Oklahoman before the Cotton Bowl that neither Jefferson nor Stills was ready for the NFL, and that both were likely to be fourth- or fifth-round selections.
ESPN ranks Jefferson (5-feet-11, 212 pounds) as the fifth-best safety — and 82nd-ranked overall prospect — available in the 2013 draft class; Stills (6-1, 190) is the 14th-ranked receiver and 73rd overall player, according to the same rankings.
Defensive back Cortez Johnson, who sat out the 2012 season after transferring from Arizona, tweeted Saturday that he'd miss several teammates headed to the next level, and included Jefferson and Stills in the post.
When another Twitter user asked Johnson if that meant the duo was gone, he responded, “yeah they leaving.”
Jefferson and Stills are active Twitter users, too, and neither has indicated their plans on the social networking site.
Jefferson tweeted Saturday: “Smh guys I promise I will let you guys know when I decide. But as of now. I'm nowhere near deciding ..”
Jefferson led the Sooners in tackles with 119 and intercepted two passes. He played most of the year with a high-ankle sprain suffered in Oklahoma's second game of the season, a 69-13 rout of FCS foe Florida A&M.
The free safety was voted a second-team All-American this season by The Associated Press, but he played one of his worst games Friday in Oklahoma's 41-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas A&M.
Stills was Oklahoma's leading receiver as a junior, catching 82 passes for 959 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the Sooners' 41-13 loss Friday to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, he caught seven passes for 67 yards, dropping a touchdown pass.
Stills caught 204 career passes over his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, good for third all-time at Oklahoma. He's also just the fourth player in school history with at least 200 career receptions.
He's played with the same quarterback, Landry Jones, all three years; if he returned for his senior season, Stills' receptions would come via a new quarterback — likely junior-to-be Blake Bell — and there's no guarantee it would be an easy transition, particularly over the first stretch of games.
Stills' father, Ken Stills, played safety in the NFL for six seasons.
Both Jefferson and Stills received grades from the NFL Draft Advisory Board; Jefferson declined to disclose his grade, and Stills said he was told he'd go “anywhere in the first four rounds.”
Two of their fellow juniors, fullback Trey Millard and cornerback Aaron Colvin, also received advisory board grades; Millard said after the Cotton Bowl that he'd return for another college season, and Colvin continues to weigh his decision.