Sooner State schools receive a lift

In-state recruits flock to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State camps all the time and the numbers should only increase this summer.

When Oklahoma has its summer camp June 6-8 on its campus in Norman, Okla., don't be surprised if there are more in-state recruits than ever before participating.

Because of a ruling by the governing body of Oklahoma high schools last week, it's going to make it easier to bring more kids. More importantly, it's going to make it legal.

This year if a kid from Broken Arrow, Midwest City or anywhere can have a little help in trying to get to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa or bordering states' universities.

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association ruled last week athletes are now allowed aid by their school to attend individual camps, allowing for things like transportation in a school-owned vehicle and paying for the fuel to camps in the state or bordering state.

"Not all of these camps are on the weekends," OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. "It's tough for parents to take off work to drive their kid to wherever it might be. The membership (schools) was saying that if the coaches are going to these camps anyway, why can't they help in bring some kids with?"

The original rule led to a big source of controversy in 2012. It used to say no school, booster club or organization associated with a school could pay fees and/or expenses for students to attend an individual camp or clinic.

That led to a tough break for Tahlequah Sequoyah High as the school had to forfeit nine games, including a district championship because of violation of the rule. Tahlequah Sequoyah had 12 players deemed ineligible because of the infraction.

The state supreme court stepped in last fall, suggesting a change. The member schools had discussed it for several months and came to a quick and decisive 12-0 vote for the ruling Wednesday.

It won't get the 2012 season back for Tahlequah Sequoyah, a team that included Memphis redshirt quarterback Brayden Scott, but the rules are a lot clearer now.

"We like the ruling because it helps people understand a lot more about what is and what isn't permissible," Sheakley said. "We're only trying to help the membership, and we feel this does that."

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