“I'll be going to Oklahoma in January, and (Norvell) said I could have a legitimate chance of playing my freshman year,” Todd said.
Since 2008, Oklahoma has signed just two wide receivers who stood taller than 6-foot-4 — Cavil and Dejuan Miller, who signed in 2008 and finished his four-year college career with 75 catches, 892 yards and two touchdowns.
The most obvious edge a tall receiver carries is the ability to outjump defenders to come down with catches.
“You've gotta be as accurate as you can, but if you know you've got a big guy, you can throw the ball up there and hopefully they can make plays on it,” said Edmond Santa Fe senior quarterback Justice Hansen, who is committed to OU.
But Todd said his size gives him another, less talked-about, advantage.
“The way I can block out a defender from the ball is one major part that a lot of people don't realize,” Todd said.
The unusual amount of taller wideout targets doesn't necessarily reflect a change in philosophy, but largely stems from Norvell's ability to connect with these specific receivers. For example, Todd has lots of family in Oklahoma, and Andrews' brother is a student at the OU Medical Center.
“Some of that may just be coincidence, but it is interesting to note just how big those guys are,” said Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for the Rivals network site SoonerScoop.com. “As big as Justin Brown was, he doesn't match up with any of those guys.”