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February 7, 2013

Sooners don't go too far for many recruits

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NORMAN — Long wait for Thomas: Quarterback Cody Thomas is expected to arrive at OU in June, but it won’t be until July until OU knows if it has him for sure.

Thomas is also a top baseball recruit and will likely be high-round pick in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft in June. The deadline to sign a contract is July 12.

“Cody is a guy where football is important to him. He isn’t just a baseball player that’s playing football for the heck of it. Football is important to Cody. For those reasons, I know he wants to succeed,” Stoops said. “I don’t know if it’s fair to say since he’s just coming out of high school, but he’s got a great future in football, too, because of the athlete he is and the way he throws the ball.”

Easy sell: The strength of the class is in the skill positions . Co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said recruiting to those positions has not been difficult.

“I recruited my tail off when I was at Wisconsin and Iowa State. This ain’t Iowa State. We just have an ability to get in on players,” he said. “We have a great offensive product here to sell to skill players, and we try to use that history to sell players on coming here. When Adrian Peterson is MVP and doing what he’s doing in the National Football League, and Sam Bradford and Ryan Broyles, DeMarco Murray ... those guys are great examples for what kids want to be. I think coach Stoops has always given skill players an opportunity to show their skills offensively. That’s what kids want.”

Clear the air: Safety Hatari Byrd recently told a reporter defensive coordinator Mike Stoops told him he would start this season at safety. Stoops said that isn’t a guarantee.

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