In each of the last three years, Oklahoma had a shot at landing a Rivals 5-star wide receiver. All three years, the Sooners swung for the fences and whiffed. This year, OU finally belted one out of the park.
Since the advent of the Rivals star-rating system for high school recruits, OU has failed to reel in a 5-star wide receiver, despite several close calls.
Wednesday, that changes.
Trey Metoyer, the gem of the Sooners' 2011 recruiting class who is a Rivals 5-star and the No. 1 wideout in the country according to Scout.com, will fax in his letter of intent to OU. Giving the Sooners one of their most high-profile recruits of the Bob Stoops era, and their first 5-star receiver.
“That's big, that's exciting,” said Metoyer, unaware of that distinction. “It's a big role to play. I need to go in there and play like one.”
Year in, year out over the last decade, the Sooners have boasted one of the most prolific passing attacks in the country. That style has attracted numerous coveted quarterbacks and all-purpose running backs. OU signed 5-star quarterback Blake Bell in last year's class, and will sign 5-star running back Brandon Williams on Wednesday.
Yet the primo wide receiver has eluded the Sooners.
In 2008, OU convinced Julio Jones to visit Norman days before signing day. Jones, however, stayed in state and signed with Alabama.
In 2009, the Sooners put the full-court press on Rueben Randle, who wavered between LSU and OU signing day week. But ultimately, Randle too remained in state and signed with the Tigers.
And in the 2010 recruiting class, OU was a finalist to land Kyle Prater. But Prater committed to USC and stuck with the Trojans.
All three were rated the No. 1 receivers in the country by Rivals.com.
But this time, OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell netted the big fish, garnering an early commitment from Metoyer (pronounced "Muh-Twire”) last March.
“Coach Norvell is real cool; me and him talk, not just about football, about real stuff, about life,” said Metoyer, who, despite rumors out there on Texas message boards, is well on his way to qualifying.