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.
“He's expecting big things out of me. Got to show him what I can do.”
OU has good cause to expect big things.
Metoyer was one of the most prolific wideouts in Texas high school football history. The Whitehouse High star finished with 52 career touchdowns, the third most in Texas high school football history.
Metoyer also produced 259 career receptions, six away from breaking Jordan Shipley's all-time Texas high school record (though there's some irregularity in the number of catches Shipley actually had. Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine previously listed Shipley with 252 catches. The University of Texas media guide claimed Shipley finished his Burnet prep career with 264, which after the season was backed up by a Texas football historian; Dave Campbell's has since endorsed 264 as the official sum).
Metoyer's total, however, came in fewer games and against Class 4A competition — Shipley competed at 3A.
“Trey is one of the most complete wide receivers this class has to offer,” said Jeremy Crabtree, ESPN's senior coordinator of recruiting. “And he still hasn't quite scratched the surface of a ceiling that's as high as anyone's of the wide receivers.
“He has a lot of tools to work with.”
Tools, which include a 6-foot-2, 200-pound frame, that have scouts comparing him to fellow East Texas native Dez Bryant.
“No question, Trey has that type of skill set,” Crabtree said.
That skill set will give Metoyer the chance of breaking into the starting lineup next season alongside returning starters Ryan Broyles and Kenny Stills. Giving quarterback Landry Jones another playmaker to throw to. And OU its first 5-star wideout to begin utilizing.
“The coaches have told me they've never had such a big receiver like me with my size, speed and IQ for the game,” Metoyer said. “They say I can bring a lot to the table.
“Now it's up to me to show them I can get the job done.”