For years, especially when Tulsa product Garrick McGee was an assistant coach there, Arkansas hit Oklahoma hard on the recruiting trail.
From 2009-2012, 14 state high school players signed with the SEC school.
During that span, only one player — Broken Arrow's Levi Copelin — signed with an SEC school other than Arkansas.
Copelin signed with Missouri in 2012.
In the last two years, though, other SEC programs have been making inroads into the state.
Earlier this year, Edmond Santa Fe's Khari Harding signed with Auburn. Two more state players from the 2014 class, Norman North's David Cornwell and LSU's Deondre Clark, are committed to SEC schools.
“Obviously they've got the talent,” Cornwell said. “It's kind of like 6A and 5A here — you want to be with the best talent. You feel like that's where you get to compete. It's close to the NFL.”
A quarterback, Cornwell is committed to Alabama.
Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark is committed to LSU.
For Clark, the draw of the SEC was in how the conference plays defense.
“The SEC has more of a defensive presence for the conference,” Clark said, comparing the SEC to the Big 12. “For me, the SEC is the best conference because of their defense.”
Harding initially committed to Arkansas before switching his commitment to Auburn amid the coaching turmoil that followed Bobby Petrino's exit.
“I didn't really think I was going to go to the SEC before Arkansas came in,” Harding said. “I committed a week or two after I got the offer because I wanted to play in the SEC and be a part of the SEC. So many great players have come through the SEC and are now in the NFL and doing their thing in the league.
“I felt like I could be that same person one day.”
For the 2014 class, considered one of the deepest in years in the state, 12 SEC programs have offered six different players. Only Kentucky and South Carolina haven't yet offered a player from the state.
Only one of those players, Jenks' Steven Parker, has yet to commit. Parker has offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
By Ryan Aber