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Expanding national recruiting footprint behind OU's latest hires

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08:30 AM ET 02.25 | Judging from his two recent hires, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has clearly made improved recruiting a top priority. Relationship building and commitment closing, though, aren't the only improvements Stoops seeks; Bill Bedenbaugh and Jerry Montgomery each bring recruiting experience in different parts of the country, which should allow Oklahoma to expand its national footprint. That's important as ever these days. Coach Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M's high success in their first SEC season has already made OU's recruiting in the state of Texas even more difficult.

The Oklahoman

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February 25, 2013  10:34 AM ET

TCU is landing many that looked their way. OU used to have a stronghold on DFW, but the horneeyy toads are taking over.

February 25, 2013  11:35 AM ET
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TCU is landing many that looked their way. OU used to have a stronghold on DFW, but the horneeyy toads are taking over.

Fear the Frogs, bro. Fear the Frogs. LOL

February 25, 2013  12:31 PM ET

[Coach Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M's high success in their first SEC season has already made OU's recruiting in the state of Texas even more difficult.]

Who was it that said Texas A&M wouldn't do well in the SEC? And that it wouldn't have any impact on Texas recruiting?

February 25, 2013  01:13 PM ET
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Who was it that said Texas A&M wouldn't do well in the SEC? And that it wouldn't have any impact on Texas recruiting?

'Horns fans.

February 25, 2013  01:16 PM ET
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[Coach Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M's high success in their first SEC season has already made OU's recruiting in the state of Texas even more difficult.]Who was it that said Texas A&M wouldn't do well in the SEC? And that it wouldn't have any impact on Texas recruiting?

TCU and Baylor have had as much impact on Texas recruiting.

Check the history of aTm recruiting; its always been about the same. That's why they had 3 guys on last years team that are top 10 draftees.

February 25, 2013  01:24 PM ET
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TCU and Baylor have had as much impact on Texas recruiting.

Patterson and Briles. Their staffs. Their results building the programs.

February 25, 2013  02:36 PM ET
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Patterson and Briles. Their staffs. Their results building the programs.

case in point...

The TCU Horned Frogs held a Junior Day on Sunday for targeted members of the 2014 class and ended up coming away with a big commitment when Longview (Texas) defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson decided to end his recruitment in favor of the Frogs.

A consensus three-star prospect considered one of the top defensive tackles in the state of Texas, Henderson is listed at 6-1 and 280 pounds. Considered a top-30 defensive tackle nationally by the 247Sports composite rankings, he held offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

February 25, 2013  06:05 PM ET
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Fear the Frogs, bro. Fear the Frogs. LOL

We came, we saw, we squeaked by.

 
February 25, 2013  06:48 PM ET
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We came, we saw, we squeaked by.

Much tougher with Pachall...

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