Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine and safety Steven Parker to announce their intentions. There’s still a month for them to do so. All three field daily recruiting pitches from teammates.
“You talk to them and tell them that you are there for them if they ever want to talk,” Baker Mayfield said. “I’m here to listen. They know how I feel. They know I want them to come back and play with me for another year. The type of guys they are, the type of special players that they are, I’d love to have them. But when it comes down to it, it is their decision and I’ll support them no matter what.”
Of the four that have announced they're staying, each had his own reasons. Brown and Thomas could turn themselves into first-round picks. Okoronkwo is just scratching the surface of what he could become. This was his first season to start.
Mayfield’s height isn’t going to change, but three seasons leading OU’s offense at a high-functioning level won’t hurt.
The players all see 2017 as something they’ve spent several seasons building toward. Mayfield, Brown, Thomas and Okoronkwo don’t want to leave the train too early.
“We got to the Sugar Bowl this and it’s a really good bowl,” Okoronkwo said, “but we want the whole thing. Baker is coming back. We can win it all next year. Why leave?” (Tahlequah Daily Press)
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