Here's a year-by-year look at some of the state's top recruits who went out of state for college, and their redshirt status in the first year on campus:
Adam Doiron, Duncan: The Texas signee began his freshman season as a redshirt defensive end, but injuries forced him to move to tackle and he pulled his redshirt in the eighth game of the year. He spent the rest of his career as regular player and spot starter for the Longhorns' defensive line.
Tony Palmer, Midwest City: Palmer signed with Missouri and redshirted his first season before working his way to All-Big 12 status as an offensive lineman. He played two seasons in the NFL.
T.J. Rushing, Pauls Valley: Rushing jumped right into the starting rotation at cornerback for Stanford as a true freshman. He played in 10 games that year with 21 tackles and two interceptions. Over his four-year career, he became one of the top kick returners in Cardinal history. He went on to win a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and is currently in his fifth NFL season, now with Detroit.
Robert Meachem, Tulsa Washington: Preseason knee surgery led to Meachem redshirting as a freshman at Tennessee. He was the team leader in receptions each of the next three years and turned pro after his junior season. Now in his fourth season with the New Orleans Saints.
Adam Blankenship, Tulsa Union: Blankenship redshirted in his first season at Nebraska, then played in one game at defensive end the next season. He transferred to Illinois State to complete his college career.
Felix Jones, Tulsa Washington: Jones got 99 carries as a true freshman, and it was a good decision on Arkansas' part. Not only did he average 6.3 yards per carry, he was gone for the NFL after his third season on campus. Now he's a key piece in the Dallas Cowboys' backfield.
LaRon Moore, Midwest City: Moore redshirted in 2006 and jumped straight into the DB rotation at Texas Tech the next fall. He became a starter last year as a junior. After surgery in April for a broken leg, Moore hopes to be on the field for his senior season by the end of September.
Colby Whitlock, Noble: Defensive tackle is one of the toughest spots to play as a true freshman, but Whitlock did it at Texas Tech, earning freshman first-team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America. He continues to be a mainstay on the Tech defensive line as his senior season begins.
Harrison Jeffers, Lawton Eisenhower: The running back redshirted in his first year at Texas Tech and saw spot duty last season, scoring four touchdowns. The 5-foot-7, 200-pound sophomore is expected to be a main contributor behind starter Baron Batch this season.
David Oku, Carl Albert: Oku made his presence known immediately, setting Tennessee's single-season records for kickoff returns (33) and kickoff return yardage (863) in his true freshman season last fall. He also rushed 23 times for 94 yards and is competing for the starting tailback job this season.