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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Today feels a little familiar. Following OU's appearance in the 2004 Sugar Bowl, I left New Orleans immediately and drove my rental car toward Texas, specifically, Palestine, Texas. I was on a mission to talk with high school All-American running back Adrian Peterson.
Oklahoma had its arms wrapped around the 5-star running back and we needed to get the story straight from the source. Peterson had ceased communicating with the outside world via phone. So I, being a young, hustling reporter, decided I would just show up at his front door, pen and paper in hand.
I showed up to town worn out from a full week of covering a national championship game. I holed up in a Holiday Inn Express for a few days.
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I needed to write a magazine feature on the best player in the country, and OU's next superstar running back.
Three days in Palestine and I got what I needed. When I showed up at his house, I was greeted by his step-father. He gave me a tour of their modest home. I scheduled a meetup for later that day. I walked the halls of his high school, I later met Adrian and his friends along with his younger siblings, his mother as well as some of his teammates.
To this day, it remains one of my fondest memories on the recruiting trail.
Today, I'm back in Texas: San Antonio to be exact. I'm holed up in a hotel room while my cohorts Josh McCuistion and Eddie Radosevich are currently at the Alamo Dome watching a young 5-star running back in the Army All-American game.
Joe Mixon, the running back we're talking about, will wear the number 28 during today's Army game. He's wearing it because Adrian Peterson is his favorite player.
When I made this similar trip 10 years ago, Peterson was already in the bag for OU. Mixon is going to make his decision during today's noon game which will be televised on NBC. He's scheduled to announce his college choice between OU, UCLA and Wisconsin during the fourth quarter.
Mixon's announcement is so big, it is the grand finale of today's NBC broadcast. He'll be the last player to make his college decision.
There couldn't be a better time for Oklahoma to make their case for Mixon. The Sooners are coming off one of the biggest wins in program history after a 45-31 win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Bob Stoops took on the mighty SEC after plenty of trash talk during the offseason. His Sooners backed it up even though some perceived Oklahoma as a program that had fallen to college football question mark. Now OU is back to college football superpower overnight.
There hasn't been this much excitement around OU football since the early 2000s.
We'll see if Mixon adds to that excitement. OU football got their biggest boost over the weekend since winning the national championship in 2000.
If this weekend includes Joe Mixon announcing for Oklahoma, recruiting might be ready to pick up just as quickly as OU football picked up two nights ago in the Superdome.
Bob Stoops certainly seemed to feel this weekend would be a huge weekend for OU recruiting following the Sugar Bowl victory.
"I got a feeling we've got a big recruiting weekend coming, too, with a lot of guys not on campus but just announcing," said Stoops. "And we've got a lot of good things going recruiting, and hopefully it all comes to fruition here in the next week or two. This (win) obviously wouldn't hurt that either."
We'll have full coverage of this expected big weekend today as McCuistion and Radosevich will have plenty of coverage from San Antonio.
Also watch in the second quarter as Gardena (CA) Junipero Serra High School linebacker Dwight Williams (No. 98 on the West squad) will make his announcement between Oklahoma, Clemson, LSU, Georgia and Florida.
The Sooners also have a commitment from Mark Andrews, a Scottsdale (AZ) Desert Mountain High School wide receiver who will be wearing No. 81 for the West squad.
Other notable numbers to watch today and potential Sooners commitments (who will not be announcing their college decisions) are Natrell Curtis (No. 66 West), an offensive guard from Phoenix (AZ) Mountain Pointe High School and Nathan Starks (No. 24 West), a running back from Englewood (CO) Cherry Creek High School.
Also make sure to keep checking in on the Crimson Corner with our LIVE thread on the Army All-American game with perspective on what we're seeing from OU's top targets in this game.