Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell working on luring a tall group of wide receivers to Norman

by Jason Kersey Published: May 19, 2013

— Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell seems intent on luring another strong group of wide receivers to Norman in the 2014 recruiting class.

Four-star prospect Dallis Todd, from La Mirada, Calif., committed last month, and Norvell has already established strong relationships with coveted wideouts like Mark Andrews (6-foot-6, 225 pounds from Scottsdale, Ariz.), Dorian Leonard (6-4, 200 pounds from Longview, Texas) and Tulsa Union's Jeffery Mead (6-5, 179 pounds).

Height is one noticeable attribute linking those prospects, and it could make Oklahoma's 2014 receiver class unique.

“Coach Norvell said that they're starting to look at the taller receivers because they have a lot of young slot receivers, inside receivers,” Todd said.

Oklahoma's past few groups of incoming pass catchers have been built to fill gaps in its returning receiver corps. In 2012, OU signed Sterling Shepard out of Heritage Hall, then added Jalen Saunders, who transferred from Fresno State. Both made immediate impacts as slot receivers last season as the Sooners sought to replace Ryan Broyles' production.

Oklahoma lost top outside threats Kenny Stills and Justin Brown from last year's team, and its 2013 receiver signees reflected that. None of them are under 6-feet in height.

Still, many of Oklahoma's top 2014 receiver targets are unusually tall considering many of the program's recent receiver signees.

The Sooners added 6-foot-5 wideout Dannon Cavil in the 2013 class; Cavil enrolled early and went through spring football practices, but missed the spring game with a minor injury.

Todd said he also plans to enroll early and begin competing for playing time next spring.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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