Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Meet Trey Metoyer, the Sooners' Flagship Recruit
Headliners in the 2012 class for the Sooners are: Running back Alex Ross (Jenks, OK), who ranks No. 38 nationally; Taylor McNamara (San Diego, CA), the No. 2 tight end in the nation; Ty Darlington (Apopka, FL), the No. 1 offensive center in the nation; John Michael Mcgee (Texarkana, TX), the No. 1 offensive guard in the nation.
However, what might be even more impressive than the aforementioned group of players is the group of wide receiver recruits the Sooners have managed to pull in.
The Sooners currently have three four-star wide receiver commits (Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods), and they're still in the mix for the nation's top wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
Now throw in Trey Metoyer, the Sooners first five-star wide receiver recruit under head coach Bob Stoops, and the wide receiving core is starting to look pretty nasty.
Metoyer was actually the Sooners' flagship recruit in 2011, as well, but due to academic problems, Metoyer elected to enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia to get his grades corrected before officially enrolling at Oklahoma.
Metoyer will be on campus for the spring semester, which should give him plenty of time to get caught up on the offense and form a bond with quarterback Landry Jones.
Measurables and High School Stats
Strengths and Weaknesses
Metoyer's size, hands and ability to produce after the catch has drawn many comparisons to former Oklahoma State and current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Here is what Barry Every, football recruiting analyst for Rivals, has to say about Metoyer:
"[Metoyer] does a nice job catching the ball with his hands away from his body while shielding the defender from making a play. His body control is excellent as he can adjust to poorly thrown balls once they are in the air. Metoyer runs excellent routes and does not need to be open to make a play.
If Metoyer shows off great hands and is willing to block on running plays, he surely will make a big splash early in his career. Look for him to become an all-conference performer before his career is finished."
Every also commented on Metoyer's frame being very similar to Hakeem Nicks' out of high school. Sooner fans can only hope that Metoyer can produce at a similar level.
Yes, even five star recruits have weaknesses. For Metoyer, one thing stands out: speed. Rivals was generous enough to label him with a 4.42 40-yard dash time. However, other websites have him listed anywhere from 4.55 to 4.82.
Metoyer is not going to a burner at the college level, but his strength, leaping ability and route running will make him hard to cover regardless.
An off-the-field weakness for Metoyer is going to be keeping up in the classroom. After becoming academically ineligible out of high school, Metoyer is going to have to learn how to juggle five college-level classes along with the ever-demanding stresses of playing college football.
Where He Will Fit
There's no doubting Metoyer's ability, and as the most highly-touted wide receiver recruit in the Stoops era, the likelihood of Metoyer getting playtime is imminent.
However, with all that being said, there's still a problem standing in Metoyer's way. Actually, make that two or three problems.
Not only will Metoyer have competition for reps amongst the rest of the recruits, (soon-to-be) junior wide receivers Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds will be back next season. Stills is the most likely candidate to take over where All-American wide receiver Ryan Broyles left off, while Reynolds is coming off a breakout season that really highlighted all his talent.
Also returning next season will be Kameel Jackson, who stepped into a larger role after Broyles' injury, and multi-purpose skill player/wide receiver Trey Franks.
Metoyer will be in the mix next season, but how much playing time he's going to receive is still up in the air.
With all the talent at wide receiver currently on Oklahoma's roster, there is likely to be a few redshirts handed out. If Metoyer lives up to the hype, I highly doubt a redshirt will be headed his way.
While Stills and Reynolds will likely remain the two starters, Metoyer is going to see his fair share of playing time. His 6'2" frame and leaping ability will make him a great redzone target.
If Metoyer does prove to be a top-shelf talent, Stills could see more time in the slot this season. That would open up the outside for Metoyer and Reynolds to thrive.
A 50 reception season isn't out of the question for Metoyer, but he's going to have to work hard for it. Regardless, this should be an exciting season for both Metoyer and the Sooners.