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Norman North's Bryce Easley will play early at OU despite not having a scholarship

By Berry Tramel Modified: February 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm •  Published: February 4, 2009
NORMAN — While a parade of his Norman North teammates staged signing ceremonies Wednesday, kicker Bryce Easley stood in the pack at the school library with a big smile on his face.

Maybe because he knows what’s coming in September.

No ceremony. No scholarship. But there’s a good chance Easley will take the field before any of the blue-chip prospects who dominate the football waves this time of year.

And that field could be Jerry’s World in Arlington, Texas.

Easley will join the University of Oklahoma football team without a scholarship, but he’s been promised a scholarship for 2010 and the chance to win the kicking job in 2009.

Norman North coach Lance Manning said that from talking to OU coaches, Easley could become the Sooners’ man on both place kicks and kickoffs.

“I’m just going to try to compete for the spot,” said Easley, who had plenty of scholarship offers but decided to pay his own way a year at OU. “I’ve always been a Sooner fan. It’s just right down the road from friends and family. I thought it would be the best place to go.”

Easley is big — 6-foot-2, 200 pounds — and wants to get bigger.

“I’ve been trying to put on more weight, make the ball go farther,” Easley said.

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