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Walk-on talent also heading to OU

by Trent Shadid Modified: February 5, 2014 at 10:25 pm •  Published: February 5, 2014

Several local prospects have announced they will turn down scholarship opportunities with the intention of heading to OU as a preferred walk-on next fall.

Among them is a pair of The Oklahoman’s first-team All-State members in Norman North receiver Nick Basquine and Norman High defensive end Cade Parker.

Deer Creek athlete Caden Sander and Edmond North running back Lindell Tate have also said they intend to walk-on after receiving interest from OU coaches.

Even a Texas high school star, Kaufman quarterback/safety Clay Rhodes, intends to walk-on. Rhodes is the son of former OU receiver Steve Rhodes (1976-80).

Others have transferred in to walk-on, including former Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield and former Norman North linebacker Jaxon Uhles has transferred from Pitt State.

“It’s always important to improve your program however you can, and adding those guys is certainly a way to improve your roster,” said receivers coach Jay Norvell. “We also want guys that love the program and really want to be here and that’s evident with the guys that walk-on.

Norvell was unable to comment on any of the expected walk-ons individually due to recruiting rules, but did shed some light on the process of reaching out to them.

“We obviously have certain rules about communicating with them,” Norvell said. “Even though some guys said today they’re going to walk on, the signing period isn’t over so they can still accept a scholarship elsewhere. But the biggest thing we sell to those guys is if they want to come here, we’ll give them an opportunity.”

by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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