Imagine Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles, both potential 2010 All-Americans and Biletnikoff Award semifinalists, alongside each other in the same offensive attack.
Oklahoma State wanted that to happen.
Oklahoma was not as convinced.
Quality evaluation has become a staple of Oklahoma State's football program under coach Mike Gundy. And it is not more apparent than the recruitment of OU's Broyles, who has unleashed an assault on the Sooners record book since 2008, and OSU's Blackmon, who is in the midst of rewriting the Cowboys' single-season record book in 2010.
Clearly the Cowboys saw something special in the duo while the Sooners, who didn't offer Blackmon and only offered Broyles late in the recruiting process, weren't sure how good either player would become.
Gundy said Blackmon earned an offer and peaked the Pokes' interest due to his combination of height and body control along with his potential to put on pounds and develop into a big target. Broyles, meanwhile, said in July 2006, the summer before his senior year, that the Cowboys were recruiting him the hardest. It was a sign that OSU recognized his potential early in the recruiting process.
OU strongly considered Blackmon but eventually decided not to offer the Plainview standout. Broyles watched first-hand as a senior at Norman High as OU offered multiple local prospects, including Jontae Bumpus of Muskogee and Heritage Hall kicker Jimmy Stevens, before finally offering Broyles shortly after he orally committed to the Cowboys in January 2007.
Broyles, who sits atop OU's career receptions list, eventually signed with the Sooners on signing day.
Two likely Biletnikoff finalists
Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles are expected to be two of the three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given each year to the nation's top wide receiver.
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