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Oklahoma football: More in-state players committing to Sooners

Three in-state players — Justice Hansen of Edmond Santa Fe, Jeffery Mead of Tulsa Union and Union tight end Carson Meier — have already committed to OU for 2014.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 14, 2013

Wariboko-Alali was quickly followed by another offensive lineman, Bobby Evans of Allen, Texas. While Evans isn't an in-state player, his father played basketball at OU and his older brother, Tay, is committed for the 2014 class.

The early success for 2015 can also be credited to first-year offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who has been the primary recruiter for both Wariboko-Alali and Evans.

“He really understands relationships and really getting to know people before anything else,” Wariboko-Alali said. “That means a lot to me. He actually had genuine interest in me. He wanted me to call him a lot and just talk to him about anything.

“I knew right off the bat that Coach Bedenbaugh was a good recruiter. He knew how to talk to me and just showed interest. I think getting Coach Bedenbaugh on the staff, that was a great hire. It's showing, already.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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