Bester bolsters Sooner receiving corps

NORMAN, Okla. — Just about anything that has surfaced recently with Sooner football has dealt with the wide receivers.

Kameel Jackson announced he was transferring to Texas A&M.

Then, head coach Bob Stoops suspended four players indefinitely, including three receivers: Jackson, Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks.

Jackson went back on his word and announced he'd be coming back in a tweet saying the following: Decided to stay at OU. & w/ that being said, its time to silence all rumors.

In a later tweet, he attempted to explain the situation, tweeting "My suspensions came from my failure to meet my class attendance policy. Nothing more; nothing less."

Newcomer Durron Neal, who is set to arrive this summer, was vocal on Twitter in saying he's ready to step up, and Sterling Shepard has declared he's prepared as well.

There's anxiousness among Sooner nation about the status of JUCO transfer Courtney Gardner, set to arrive in the fall granted he passes his summer course.

Amidst all this, however, the Sooners did finally get some good news over the weekend: fellow JUCO wide receiver LaColton Bester out of East Mississippi Community College has committed to OU.

So just what does this mean for OU in 2012?

1. It gets an experienced player to add to its unit--Prior to his signing, the Sooners had just a pair of available players at the beginning of the season set to be upperclassmen in Gardner and returning starter Kenny Stills. Outside of that, it was all true freshmen, including spring standout Trey Metoyer as well as Neal, Shepard and Derrick Woods. So, regardless of the fact he lacks true experience at the Division-I level, Bester provides a sense of veteran personality to this group. And that's something that proves critical regardless of if he's a huge producer on the field or not.

2. The Sooners' depth gets better at the wideout position--Considering the fact that the Sooners are likely without three of their returning receivers from last year to start the season, adding another eligible one is huge. That makes seven available scholarship players, assuming all the newcomers arrive and are eligible but the three players remain suspended. Ponder those numbers for a second and the situation's not quite as dire as it may have seemed a week or so ago.

3. They get a productive JUCO player--Let's face it: one of the things that's so attractive about this signing is not just his solid 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame but also the numbers he put up at his previous spot. Bester finished the 2011 season with 76 catches for 1,042 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. As part of that, he led East Mississippi to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship last year. The coaching staff has hope that he'll at least be able to translate some of that production to the field in 2012.

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