Courtney Gardner will make it to Norman for a 2012 game after all.
Gardner, a junior-college transfer from Sierra Community College in Roseville, Calif., signed with Oklahoma in February, but couldn't get academically qualified in time to join the Sooners for the 2012 season.
He told The Oklahoman in a message that he'll visit Norman for the Oct. 27 home game against Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver with 4.4 speed is expected to enroll at OU in January and have two seasons of eligibility.
Gardner isn't playing football at all this fall after racking up 1,099 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns last season for Sierra.
If Kenny Stills stays at Oklahoma for his senior season, the Sooners will only lose senior Justin Brown from this year's deep receiver corps.
The Sooners have two wide receiver commits already in Austin Bennett and Jenks' Jordan Smallwood.
THOMAS TURNS IN ANOTHER HUGE NIGHT
A week after falling to Euless (Texas) Trinity and throwing for less than 200 yards, quarterback Cody Thomas, who has committed to OU, had a big-time game Friday.
The Colleyville (Texas) Heritage star threw for 456 yards — more than 300 in the first half — as Heritage beat Grapevine 69-27.
“Last week we just really didn't execute,” Thomas told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But this is our crosstown rival so there was a little added incentive to get it done this week.”
Grapevine tied the game at 21 before Heritage scored three touchdowns in the final four minutes of the second quarter to take control.
Thomas had touchdown passes of 26 and 80 yards in the final minute of the half.
“They gave us the pass tonight,” Thomas told the paper. “We have a great running game, but tonight they gave us the opportunity to throw it and the receivers made plays.
FOREMAN SPARKS COMEBACK
On Monday, Texas City junior wide receiver Armanti Foreman became the first player to commit to OU for the 2014 class.
Friday night, Foreman sparked a comeback that fell just short as Texas City lost to undefeated Dawson, the top-ranked 4A team in Texas, 32-29.
With his team trailing by 16 in the fourth, Foreman returned a kickoff 67 yards for a touchdown to start the comeback.
Foreman finished with four catches for 28 yards and a pair of carries for 35 yards.
His twin brother D'Onta had 76 yards rushing, scoring a late touchdown to pull Texas City within three points.
2012 OU commitment list
Player; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Hometown (school)
Austin Bennett; WR; 6-0; 170; Manvel, Texas
Hatari Byrd; DB; 6-1; 190; Fresno, Calif. (Central East)
Matt Dimon; DE; 6-3; 252; Katy, Texas
Keith Ford; RB; 5-11; 195; Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch)
Jordan Mastrogiovanni; LB; 6-3; 225; Dallas (Jesuit)
Dalton Rodriguez; OL; 6-6; 258; Tulsa Union
Jordan Smallwood; WR; 6-2; 190; Jenks
Stanvon Taylor; Ath.; 5-11; 165; Tulsa East Central
Ahmad Thomas; DB; 6-1; 199; Miami, Fla. (Central)
Cody Thomas; QB; 6-5; 220; Colleyville, Texas (Heritage)
D.J. Ward; DE; 6-3; 245; Southmoore