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Bedlam football: In-state recruiting looking up

by Berry Tramel Modified: July 1, 2013 at 4:55 pm •  Published: July 1, 2013

OU and OSU each have three in-state football commitments for 2014. With maybe more to come.

That’s a very good development, considering in-state recruiting has waned for the Bedlam rivals in recent years.

OU has commitments from Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, Tulsa Union receiver Jeffery Mead and Union tight end Carson Meier.

OSU has commitments from Broken Arrow linebacker Gyasi Akem, Tulsa Washington defensive end Jordan Brailford and Broken Arrow running back.

Both are recruiting Jenks’ Stephen Parker. And late bloomers always could be added.

Some Oklahoma blue-chippers have committed elsewhere — Douglass defensive end DeAndre Clark to LSU, Norman North quarterback David Cornwell to Alabama — but it’s an excellent crop of football players in Oklahoma this year, and OU and OSU are cashing in.

That’s an excellent development. The recent trend of both schools recruiting more nationally can’t be criticized too harshly, since both have prospered. But more Oklahomans is never a bad thing, both for pride within the program and stability.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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