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Notebook: Stoops ecstatic about WR class

Stoops ecstatic about WR class
OU just missed out on signing the top wide receiver in the country in Julio Jones, who opted to stay in his home state and attend Alabama.

But Bob Stoops was elated about the talented group of receivers the Sooners did sign in Jameel Owens, Josh Jarboe and Dejuan Miller.

"The receiver group is really a special group overall,” Stoops said last Wednesday. "Strong guys, great speed, a great physical presence to them. And all of them really catch the football well. That's an exciting group, guys who can make big plays.”

All three players will have an opportunity to compete for a starting position in the fall right away with Malcolm Kelly having departed for the NFL Draft. Owens (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and Jarboe (6-3, 195) are probably the closest to being ready to play immediately, at least physically. But don't count out Miller. He could be the sleeper in this class with tremendous height (6-5) to go along with good speed.

•Kelly drawing rave reviews: Kelly may not have earned many honors at OU this past season, but he is impressing NFL Draft experts. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. currently has Kelly as the top wideout available in the draft and the No. 22 overall best prospect.

Wrote Kiper: "He has the combination of size and speed that NFL teams covet, plus great hands and is a tremendous competitor.”

Kelly will have a chance to improve his stock even more later this month at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

By Jake Trotter

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