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OU football: OU's new assistant coaches bring in big-time recruits

This weekend might be a sign that things are turning back around for the Sooners, who have been criticized for a perceived talent shortage the past few years.
by Jason Kersey Published: October 3, 2013

/articleid/3889497/1/pictures/2229776">Photo - COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Jerry Montgomery, defensive line coach, signs autographs during fan appreciation day for the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) football team at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Jerry Montgomery, defensive line coach, signs autographs during fan appreciation day for the University of Oklahoma Sooner (OU) football team at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

“These guys are all experienced recruiters,” Norvell said. “They've all recruited at great programs, and they've all had reputations of really hustling. You've gotta be a hustler. You've gotta get from school to school, stay in contact with your connections, because your connections are the guys who get it done for you.”

Bedenbaugh established a strong relationship with Troy, Ohio, offensive guard Alex Dalton while still coaching at West Virginia.

Dalton attended a West Virginia summer camp before his junior season and received a WVU scholarship offer from Bedenbaugh just before he left for Oklahoma.

The three-star prospect — who said he always liked Bedenbaugh but that West Virginia “wasn't at the top of my list” — soon picked up an OU scholarship offer and committed to the Sooners in May.

“I like his level of seriousness,” Dalton said. “He was the first coach to ever write me personally in the mail. That said a lot. It's kind of ironic that he was the first one to write me a letter and it turned out that's who I ended up going with.”

Norvell said the best is yet to come for the new assistants, because it typically takes a full year on a new job to really get going in recruiting.

“To be fair to any of those guys, or any coach coming in, it takes almost a year to have worked on a kid in your area to really have that connection,” Norvell said. “But they've all got great ideas, got great energy.

“You know the old saying about recruiting is that it's like shaving — you've gotta do it every day or pretty soon, you look like a bum.”

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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