Dallis Todd was happy to make his college choice early in the recruiting process.
For the 6-foot-5 receiver from La Mirada, Calif., who verbally committed to Oklahoma last April, there was a lot to like about the Sooners throughout the recruiting process.
But once football season got under way, the OU offense didn't look like it had in the past and Todd began to feel some uneasiness with his choice.
“At the beginning of the year they were running the ball a lot,” Todd said. “I'm not going to lie, that made me a little bit nervous.”
It wasn't until quarterback Trevor Knight's 348 yards and four touchdown performance in the Sooners' 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl that Todd gained ultimate confidence in his decision.
“As the season went on the quarterbacks starting to do a better job of throwing the ball and the offense showed more balance,” Todd said. “And the Sugar Bowl really made me comfortable again in my choice, because Trevor Knight showed what he can do with his skill set. That made me excited to go play with him and under his leadership for the next two or three years.”
His initial connection with OU came from watching past Californian's, like fellow receiver Kenny Stills, star for the Sooners.
“Watching Kenny Stills, and all the other California players who have been successful at Oklahoma, definitely played a role in my decision,” Todd said. “For some reason the California kids excel at Oklahoma.”
Receivers coach Jay Norvell also played a major role in Todd choosing OU over several major programs including Florida State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.
“Looking at the receivers Coach Norvell has put in the NFL and what he's doing with the guys he has now was huge for me,” Todd said. “The other schools that had offered me just didn't have the type of receivers coach like Oklahoma has with Coach Norvell. The job he does was one of the main reasons I felt comfortable. I knew I could trust him with my future and what I want to do.”
Hometown/school: La Mirada, Calif.
Position: Wide receiver
Height, Weight: 6-3, 210
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