In honor of yesterday’s national signing day, and to point out how stupid and ridiculous and over-hyped high school football recruiting is on a micro level, we’re counting down the Top 10 Recruiting Fails of the Bob Stoops era.
Earlier today we revealed the 10 – 6. Here’s the top five:
5. Justin Johnson | RB | 2008 | Rivals Stars: 4 | National Rank: 136
Who Was He? Just to illustrate how stupid these recruiting services are, Scout.com listed Johnson as the “best player” in Oklahoma’s 2008 recruiting class, ahead of such players as Landry Jones and uh…uh…man that highly rated recruiting class sucked! No wonder OU struggled this year. The players from that class should have been seniors or red-shirt juniors this past season. Only three or four of them are what you would call good to decent players. Ouch.
Where is he now? Johnson didn’t last long at OU. He transferred to Abilene Christian University, where he also didn’t last long. He then transferred to Division III McMurray University where he played for Hal Mumme. He had 818 yards on 162 carries.
p.s. – In that same article, here’s the guy Scout.com named as the player who “got away.” Shucks.
High school recruiting is a stupid, inexact science blah blah blah. Men who follow it are weird and scary and have no lives blah blah blah. Patrick may have gone out last night to celebrate a special occasion blah blah blah, so he’s writing a really short introduction in third-person.
Anyway, to commemorate the joke called “national signing day,” we’ve decided to countdown the Top 10 recruiting busts of the Bob Stoops era. In this post we have numbers 10 – 6. We’ll have the top five up later today:
10. Mo Dampeer | DT | 2003 | Rivals Stars: 4 | National Rank: 29th Overall
Long time Tulsa World and The Oklahoman sport columnist Dave Sittler has retired. The announcement comes less than a month after he he was caught on camera stating that former OU coach John Blake was a “slap dick” and was only hired because he was black. From Sittler’s farewell column in the Tulsa World:
Usually when we write about Jenni Carlson, it has something to with her terrible sports columns or t-shirt coffee mugs. That’s not the case today. As the headline above clearly states, we have learned from several Ogle Moles that Jenni Carlson is pregnant and expecting her first child. Even though she claims not to read this site, we’d like to send our sincere congratulations to Jenni and her fine husband Mr. Jenni Carlson.
Anyway, I wonder if the Oklahoman sports department is going to play up this news?Maybe Berry Tramel will spin a folksy column about his first memory of Jenni into a fond tribute to his own mother, or perhaps Mel Bracht will simply post pictures from the office baby shower on his sports media blog. Whatever they do, let’s hope they don’t go all News9 on everyone. That’s more tacky than a Jenni Carlson column.
Confession: I’m obsessed with the comment section of NewsOK.com. It’s kind of hard not to be. It’s a dark scary place that’s supplanted MySpace as the new trailer park of the internet!
I like to read the comments section of stories for several reasons, but primarily to keep a finger on the pulse of the opinions of Oklahomans with computers and then fondly think of places that are probably better to live than Oklahoma. In fact, I now read the stories on NewsOK just so I can understand the comments. It’s amazing to watch them spiral from the topic at hand to complete absurdity (a tactic I like to use when I fight with my wife).
Anyway, in what will be an occasional feature on this site, we’ll analyze some of the comments on a particular story on the “state’s most trusted news.” Today’s we’re looking at the story about OSU fans being injured when they rushed the field after winning their first Big XII championship. Will someone call Obama a Muslim Socialist? Will the commentators find a way to steer the conversation to the fact that Texas sucks? Find out after the jump!
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