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Firing of Kansas coach led to OU signing 'freakazoid' Geneo Grissom

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2010

Geneo Grissom's 6-foot-4-inch, 230-pound frame doesn't just scare quarterbacks, it scares their parents, too.

At a road game during his senior season, Grissom was the first player to step off the team bus and walk through a group of opposing fans.

When he did, Grissom's coach at Hutchinson (Kan.), Randy Dreiling, noticed one woman's eyes trailing his star defensive end for 30 yards.

"The look in her eyes said, 'Oh my God, this guy's going to kill my kid,'" Dreiling said.

Oklahoma only landed Grissom (whose physique Dreiling described as "freakazoid") after Kansas fired coach Mark Mangino.

Dreiling's program had been burned before by a coaching change, so they re-opened Grissom's recruitment. Months later, he became the Sooners' 29th commitment.

Grissom is rated as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Kansas, but Oklahoma secured the commitment of both players above him, quarterback Blake Bell and the versatile Justin McCay.

"He's a kid who improved tremendously from junior to senior year," Dreiling said. "He's going to put on 30 or 40 pounds and continue to improve every single year."