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Sooners will move on without Austin Box in time

BY JAKE TROTTER Published: June 5, 2011

This week, Oklahoma's football team begins summer workouts, facing the difficult challenge of coping without Austin Box in the locker room.

And, the difficult challenge of coping without him on the field.

Just figuring out when to broach the subject of what to do at middle linebacker next season is something that's not going to be easy.

“Sure,” coach Bob Stoops said, when asked if his staff was torn about the right time to begin talking about filling the void. “But we will. Austin wants us to. We will. It won't be an issue”

But for now, the Sooners are far more concerned with healing than with depth charts.

“We haven't thought about it because I'm with you, it's not time to,” Stoops said. “At the end of the day, we'll be fine and that's what Austin would want.

“When we have to be, we'll be fine.”

Nation's No. 1 recruit visits

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the country in the class of 2012, was in Norman over the weekend visiting during OU's annual football camp.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Green-Beckham is from Springfield, Mo., and already owns Missouri state records for career receiving yards (4,160) and touchdowns (51).

Green-Beckham has received numerous offers, but at the moment is believed to be favoring OU, Missouri and Alabama, where he visited in March.

Sun shines on Sooner recruiting

Florida hasn't exactly been a recruiting hotbed for OU in years past.

But the Sooners snagged a pair of oral commitments from the Sunshine State last week in Tallahassee tight end Laith Harlow and Seffner outside linebacker Eric Striker.

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