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Oklahoma recruiting notebook: Courtney Gardner will visit for Notre Dame game

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.
by Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey Published: October 6, 2012
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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.

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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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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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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

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