So when Bedenbaugh decides to make a push for a recruit in the middle of the summer and is able to land his signature, it’s a pretty good day for the Sooners.
Bedenbaugh did just that earlier this summer with Butler (Kan.) CC offensive lineman Quinn Mittermeier. At one point everybody thought he was headed to Florida, but following a great visit to OU, he picked the Sooners.
“He played every single position,” Bedenbaugh said. “He played at a competitive junior college that has put out good offensive linemen. He played as a freshman there, and they generally will redshirt kids.”
Mittermeier is not like a lot of junior college recruits because he has always been a full academic qualifier. His problem was recognition. Growing up in Topeka, Kan., football coaches don’t always flock to that part of the country.
Mittermeier has three years of eligibility left at OU even if he redshirts this season. With OU’s lack of depth across the board, it feels like it will be up to Mittermeier whether or not he redshirts or gets a chance to play this season.
“I know their coaches, trust their coaches,” Bedenbaugh said. “He’s a tough kid, smart kid. In the little things I’ve seen I know he can help us.
“Obviously he’s going to have to work himself into shape, but he has a lot of qualities we’re looking for.”