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Sooners and Bears battling it out on field, on trail

Baylor starting to get edge on OU in recruiting battles, especially at wide receiver.

Did all it really take was Robert Griffin III to do what he did to put Baylor on the national recruiting map? It seems too simplistic to put it down like that, but since RGIII, the Bears have been a force.

And if you know one thing about the Bears, it’s they’ve been a force at wide receiver. Lately, a constant thorn in OU’s side when it comes to that position.

It started with the 2012 class and Corey Coleman. Committed to Baylor, the Sooners made a late charge for Coleman during his senior season of high school.

Coleman seemed incredibly interested until the Sooners did something he didn’t like. And with hindsight being 20/20 ‘n all, sounds like Coleman was right.

OU was looking to make a Coleman a defensive back. With guys like Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal, Trey Metoyer and Derrick Woods already in the fold at receiver, OU was also holding out hope for Dorial Green-Beckham.

So despite Coleman’s ability at wideout, the Sooners saw him on the other side of the ball. Of course things have worked out just fine for Coleman, who very well could be the nation’s best receiver and is a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender.

All Coleman has done this season is caught 58 balls for 1,178 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging a ridiculous 20 yards per catch and 147 yards per game.

Baylor’s good fortune against OU continued in the 2014 class with highly touted receiver KD Cannon. The Sooners struck first and were there until the bitter end, but it did feel the whole time it would be a bitter end.

Once Cannon got a taste of the Baylor lifestyle, there wasn’t much anything OU or Texas Tech could do about it. Cannon was going to be a Bear.

With Coleman putting up the numbers he has, Cannon has been relatively quiet this year but still has 29 catches for 487 yards and four touchdowns.

The latest gut-punch is happening right now with the 2016 class in Navasota (Texas) High wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson and Sachse (Texas) High receiver Devin Duvernay.

Both in the Scout 100, the Sooners actually had both of them on campus at the same time for an official visit last month. OU has done everything right with both recruits. You know what? It’s not going to matter.

Dickson was committed to Baylor before decommitting. Then committed to Texas in the summer before flipping back to the Bears on Monday evening.

Duvernay, who feels like he’s down to OU, Baylor and Alabama, is likely to join Dickson in Waco as the Bears have already accepted the pledge of Donovan Duvernay, Devin’s twin brother.

Although Devin Duvernay has expressed time and time again he’s his own man, it seems pretty clear the brothers will continue to play with each other at the next level.

With Jarrett Stidham off to a great start during his tenure at Baylor, no doubt receivers are going to continue to flock to Waco and ask to be a part of this offense.

The Sooners have a chance to slow down that momentum and perhaps get it swaying back north of the Red River again. A great performance to go along with OU doing well at quarterback and receiver might just be the perfect recipe for the Sooners this weekend and going forward on the trail.


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