Oklahoma Football Recruiting: Compelling Reasons To Be a Sooner

J.D. PatrickCorrespondent IAugust 23, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates his touchdown with Brandon Caleb #8 and Sam Bradford #14 against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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OK, so Norman isn’t the most glamorous of towns.  There aren’t any beaches like you would find if you went to school in Florida.  You won’t find many Hollywood actors/actresses showing up at your practices like you would if you went to school in California.  The night club scene is not even close to what you would experience in Austin.

However, if your interest is peaked by playing for and winning championships.  If your goal is to mature physically and mentally in preparation for the next level.  If you are looking for a close knit family type of atmosphere and a great education. And,  if you are interested in being absolutely loved and adored by an entire state for the remainder of your days, then Norman might be a pretty nice option.

There’s no debating the fact that Oklahoma consistently plays for and wins championships.  Rarely is there a year when Oklahoma is not in the discussion on both a conference and national level. 

The Big 12 has been in existence for 14 seasons, and Oklahoma owns six of those championships.  Twice as many as anyone else in the conference.  No other school besides Oklahoma has played in every BCS bowl game, even including the stand alone national championship game.

Another aspect to consider is the training program.  Oklahoma is blessed with one of the best athletic trainers in the country.  Schmitty owns three national championship rings (ND, Florida, Oklahoma).  When Oklahoma players get off the bus at any given venue, they pass the eye test.  There’s not a program out there that looks better.  Some might be as good, but none better. 

Several former players that have moved on to the next level, still come back for Schmitty’s famous summer program.  If you want to be in the best physical condition of your entire life, come to Norman.  The number of players coming out of Oklahoma to the NFL is a pretty good indicator that they’re doing something right.  No school has ever had three of the top four picks before, and that’s a direct reflection to the Sooners fitness program.

Norman also has that “small town” appeal to it.   Unlike in most bigger cities, there is still a sense of community there.   Family first is a priority at Oklahoma that starts at the top and goes all the way down to the last walk-on.   Sure you can find some excitement by taking a short trip up the road to OKC, but will always have the luxury of returning to a slower paced, family style environment.

Up until just recently there were no professional teams in any sport playing in the State of Oklahoma.  The NBA’s Thunder has recently moved to OKC and is starting to see success.  Even so, football is and always will be king in Oklahoma.   As much as that other school would like to say different, Oklahoma is the Sooner State.  Be a Sooner, and be adored for life.

Exposure and attendance are more reasons to consider the Crimson and Cream.  If the Sooners are playing, it’s on television.  If the Sooners are playing at any stadium in the country, that stadium is sold out and packed.  

Who doesn’t think Oklahoma gets a kick out of forcing ESPN to bring their game day crew to Norman?   There has yet to be a season in the last 10 years where the game day crew wasn’t in attendance for at least one Sooner game, either in Norman or on the road.

There are many great programs out there that have much to offer, and Oklahoma is one of them.  You can count on one hand the number of other programs out there that are as steeped in history and tradition as Oklahoma.  Oklahoma’s legacy stands up to anyone out there, bar none.  If you played football at Oklahoma, then you truly played at the highest level in the college ranks.

If anyone out there is considering playing at OU, or know someone who is, have them take a look at this video.  It’ll be hard to not come away impressed.

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