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Oklahoma football: What if AJ McCarron had chosen the Sooners?

by Erik Horne Modified: December 10, 2013 at 4:35 pm •  Published: December 10, 2013

Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was almost a Sooner. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron was almost a Sooner. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

It’s Sooners vs. Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3 in a matchup of historical college football powerhouses.

The two schools have had their share of great quarterbacks play for them, but what if the Sooners had one more?

What if they had AJ McCarron?

Tuscaloosa News (Ala.) reporter D.C. Reeves (who we’ll be working with closely leading up to the Sugar Bowl) tweeted Tuesday that McCarron was this close to being a Sooner.


What if the three-time national championship winner and 2013 Heisman finalist had picked Norman over Tuscaloosa? How would things have been different for McCarron, Alabama and OU?

Rivals.com had McCarron pegged as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback in the nation coming out of high school in 2009. McCarron committed to Alabama in May of 2008 and OU picked up a committment from Drew Allen in August of that year.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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