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Notre Dame, Baylor pay heed: OU reportedly gunning for committed prospects

BY JAKE TROTTER Modified: January 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm •  Published: January 30, 2011

The Sooners weren't finished. Two days later, recruiting coordinator Cale Gundy completed an equally impressive pilfering of 4-star Oklahoma State pledge Ryan Broyles, who after several flip-flops between the Sooners and Cowboys, ultimately inked with the Sooners.

Next season, Lewis and Broyles — both spurned the NFL Draft to return for their senior years — should be preseason All-Americas.

Two years later, OU was it again Signing Day week. Again, at the expense of the Cowboys. Four-star cornerback Demontre Hurst was one of the gems of OSU's 2009 commitment list. But a couple of weeks after Hurst pledged to become a Poke, Brent Venables convinced Hurst to take a visit to Norman. By the end of the trip, Hurst was a Sooner, and last season as a true sophomore was a starter in the OU secondary.

No last-minute steal, however, hurt more feelings than OU's plundering of 4-star linebacker Corey Nelson from Texas A&M last year. On the eve before Signing Day, Venables persuaded Nelson, who had been committed to the Aggies for eight months, to sign with the Sooners.

That didn't go over well in College Station. Message board posters blasted Nelson on, and fans wrote nasty notes on his Facebook wall. Even The Battalion, A&M's student newspaper, got riled up, publishing an editorial that accused Nelson of stabbing Aggie coach Mike Sherman in the back. A&M fans had cause to be upset. Nelson was one of the standouts on a freshman class Bob Stoops has called the best he'd ever recruited.

This week, the Sooners will make another run at other people's players, and Notre Dame and Baylor have grounds to be nervous.