Through the Bob Stoops era Oklahoma has made plenty of offers in the state of California, and even had some success in luring away top flight talent to Norman. However, the Sooners have rarely had the advantage of recruiting a Golden State product that grew up dreaming of playing for the Sooners. Fortunately for Stoops and co. that seems to be just the situation they find themselves in with Rivals250 receiver Dallis Todd.
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The 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver, who holds offers from not only Oklahoma but Arizona, Florida, Florida St., Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and many others, will be visiting Oklahoma for the Sooners spring game on April 13.
"I'm going to be going to the spring game, I want to see how the atmosphere is, the type of relationship I can build with their coaching staff and those are the two main things," Todd said. "I've been talking to coach (Jay) Boulware, he is the new coach recruiting me."
"He said that he is going to be the main coach that will recruit me because he has California ties."
The news of Boulware perhaps taking on a bigger role in California recruiting is newsworthy and explains some of Todd's interest in setting up a visit to Norman just days after picking up an offer.
That said, it seems that what pushed Todd toward Oklahoma so quickly was the reality that the California native has a large portion of his family in the Sooner State and that he, like the rest of the family, grew up rooting for the Sooners.
"It's because I have family that lives out in Oklahoma. In the Norman, Oklahoma City area, so when Oklahoma offered me it was a big deal, my whole family, it was a big deal," he explained. "I'm excited about this offer, I sat down with my family and decided I'm going to their spring game and staying with some family that we have there.
"My mom's family is out in Oklahoma, and my grandma was born there, and they moved to California, so it's lots of aunts and uncles that live there."
"This will be my first time to visit the campus, and I've been to Oklahoma, but it was when I was seven years old, but I don't really remember."
Though he has lots of family who live in the state, he admits that his perception of what things will be like when he lands could be a little off.
"That's what I kind of expect it to be, horses and mountain everywhere," he admitted laughingly.
His upcoming crash course in Oklahoma's social make-up and general topography is something he'll quickly figure out on his own. But there is one bit of information he does anticipate having a long conversation with several of his family members about. Todd has the advantage of several family members who frequently travel between California and Oklahoma and says that he'll be hitting them up to see how different the two places are.
"I'd talk to my family that travels back and forth and they say it's not that bad, it's a transition but that it's pretty easy to manage," he said.
The visit may be the big news of the day, it's also clear that the simple offer from the Sooners was a big moment to date in his recruiting.
"It's actually something that surprised me, coach (Mike) Moschetti, our head coach, was saying that Oklahoma wants you to call them so I called and they offered me, it was surprising," Todd said. "Today was actually the first day I'd ever talked to the coaching staff.
"I talked to coach (Boulware), he seemed cool, he was saying he really liked me and my style of play. Said they have actually been recruiting me for a while and actually sat down with their whole offensive coaching staff and came to an offer today."
The visit to Norman will follow a trip to Ohio State on April 5, and though he is in a fact-finding process right now he knows what he is looking for as he hits the various campuses.
"No. 1 is academics, and then the style of offense and the team that could use me in their offense - that's pretty much who I'd look for," he said. "I just want to wait it out and take my official visits, before I come down to my official visits I'll start narrowing it down.
"I plan on using my officials, sit down with my parents, do some research on the schools and that's how I'd go, the top five.
"I'm trying to plan out some, I've talked to Texas A&M's coaching staff about setting up a visit, Nebraska and Washington, also."