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OU football: Former Sooner wide receiver Justin McCay has no regrets

The former four-star prospect who signed with Oklahoma out of high school, then transferred to be closer to his family, will face his old team Saturday, when the Jayhawks host the Sooners at 2:30 p.m.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 16, 2013

NORMAN — Despite a difficult transfer, a failed NCAA appeal, a year of ineligibility and only two catches this season, Kansas wide receiver Justin McCay has no regrets.

“If I could do it over, I'd do it the same way,” McCay said Wednesday in a telephone interview.

The former four-star prospect who signed with Oklahoma out of high school, then transferred to be closer to his family, will face his old team Saturday, when the Jayhawks host the Sooners at 2:30 p.m.

McCay committed to Oklahoma just before his senior season at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee, Kan., and only months after his father, Robert, died of a heart attack caused by complications from diabetes.

The big receiver established a close relationship with Sooners' co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jay Norvell, who attended Robert McCay's funeral.

But after a redshirt year in 2010, then only three game appearances with no receptions in 2011, McCay decided to transfer closer to home.

But he said the decision was 100 percent family-related; his grandmother, Denise White, was sick and didn't have much time left to live, he said. She died in August.

College football coaches have the power to limit which schools a transferring player can attend, and typically restrict them from joining conference rivals. But Bob Stoops didn't do that, instead allowing McCay to transfer to Kansas, the closest major university to his home.

“I thought Justin was a nice young man, and things didn't work out and he wanted to be closer to home,” Stoops said. “I wasn't glad to see him go, but I was glad to be helpful and allow it to happen.”

Also factoring into McCay's decision was that his high-school head coach, Tim Grunhard, joined the KU staff as offensive line coach.

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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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