NORMAN — There's a small agricultural town in Kansas named Altamont.
It has no McDonald's. No Wal-Mart. No stoplights. It does have about 1,000 people.
Oklahoma tight end Brannon Green is one of those 1,000. He spent his days in Kansas playing football and watching Nebraska.
Then Kansas State came calling. And Kansas State, in a way, is the reason why a small-town Kansas boy ended up in Norman.
Bill Snyder and K-State wanted Green to walk-on. Green used that as motivation and instead went to Fort Scott Community College, a junior college just over 70 miles from his hometown.
Two seasons, two touchdowns and 21 total receptions for more than 280 yards later, Green was offered a scholarship to OU, becoming the first Division I athlete from his high school. In his debut with the Sooners, he scored on a 18-yard touchdown pass.
Green is one of seven Sooners from Kansas — including backup quarterback Blake Bell, tight end Geneo Grissom, linebacker Jaydan Bird, kicker Patrick O'Hara, fullback Marshall Musil and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips.
O'Hara said he was recruited by Kansas State as well, but his mom is actually a Kansas fan. He couldn't see choosing the Wildcats. O'Hara wasn't recruited by Snyder — that was during Snyder's retirement — but he said he wouldn't have chosen the Wildcats even if the famed coach was active at that time.
“Compared to coming to OU and seeing this place? Honestly, no.” O'Hara said.
So why Oklahoma?
“It's a prestigious school,” O'Hara said. “And of course, my mother and her opinion of K-State.”
Phillips, though, came from a Kansas State family. His No. 2 choice was actually to go to Manhattan, Kan. Phillips said he went to nearly every home game while he was being recruited.
Growing up, he was never dressed up in purple, but his aunt and his uncle are die-hard K-State fans. Phillips talked about his aunt's and uncle's feelings on his decision to become a Sooner.
“I wouldn't say disappointed,” he said. “They were happy ... but they were really disappointed.”
They're actually coming to the game this weekend and wearing purple.
“Wearing their purple. Yeah they are,” Phillips said. “Oh, they're not sitting in the family section.”
Phillips is also from a small Kansas town. His is named Towanda. Population? 1,450.
So why did he want to come to Oklahoma?
“I just wanted to win,” Phillips said.
On Saturday, Phillips and Green will play in their first game against Kansas State. It will also be the first Big 12 game of their careers.
“A lot of people from my hometown are big K-State fans,” Green said. “It being a farming community and Kansas State being a big agricultural school. They're excited for the game and so am I. It's something I've been waiting for for a long time.”