Brown, Broyles among OU signing day surprises

OU is always trying to make something happen on or around signing day. Some notable surprises.

Every few years it seems Oklahoma has one last trick up its sleeve when it comes to signing day. This year has a twinge of that feeling as well.

The Sooners might pull off a surprise for the 2015 class, but we reflect back on three huge signing day surprises in the last 10 years.

WR Ryan Broyles, 2007

The local boy from Norman, Okla., and one of the ultimate Bedlam battles between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Things got crazy as the days leading up to the signing day kept coming.

Broyles committed to Oklahoma State. Then within hours of the commitment, got offered by the hometown Sooners. Changed to OU only to change back to Oklahoma State in the final week.

But all that ever matters in recruiting is what school gets the signature. OU received that signature from Broyles, and he was a Sooner.

By the time his career was over, Broyles became one of the more popular OU players in recent memory and set NCAA records along the way.

Injuries have derailed him so far with the feeling this upcoming season with the Detroit Lions is going to be his final chance with the organization. A healthy Broyles can no doubt make things happen.

LB Corey Nelson, 2010

You want to recruit Texas, Dallas Skyline is a great place to go. And OU has had some strong history at the school that includes Nelson.

One of the top prospects at the position, Nelson was committed to Texas A&M since July 2009, but OU kept creeping up. The Sooners were able to land a final official visit, and Nelson signed with the crimson and cream on the day it mattered.

Nelson played right from the start and was on his way to a huge senior season before a shoulder injury took it away from him. He wasn’t able to land a medical redshirt season but found a home with the Denver Broncos.

Nelson will be entering his second season in the NFL and was a huge mentor for OU’s current crop of linebackers on the roster.

OT Orlando Brown, 2014

There are surprises, and then there are surprises. Brown was a huge shock. He had OU in his final three when he made his selection in the previous spring of Tennessee.

Out of sight, out of mind. Around 1 p.m. CST on signing day, word started to circulate Brown wasn’t signing with the Vols but would instead ink with OU. Still, seeing would be believing. When word was received he had signed for OU, there was celebration in Norman.

OU desperately needed offensive tackles for the last class and picked up two on signing day in Brown and Kenyon Frison.

OU coaches, players, fans and Brown and Frison themselves are hoping their redshirt freshmen seasons are the beginning of great things to come.

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