Trey Metoyer’s road to Oklahoma was pocked with academic challenges, a semester in military school and a lot of doubters.
His departure was much worse.
Metoyer was a 5-star wide receiver — the first ever to sign with the Sooners — when he came out of Whitehouse, TX. Rated by some as the No. 1 wideout in the country, Metoyer was a U.S. Army All-American, a Parade All-American, and the No. 12 player in the nation, according to Rivals.
Metoyer’s plan was to spend three years in Norman learning from Jay Norvell, starring in Josh Heupel’s offense, and then move on to the NFL.
Instead, Metoyer didn’t make the grade in 2011 and had to detour to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA. He played football there, but also lived the military school life — dorm, class, football, and little else. That allowed him to get his grades together as Norvell continued his fervent recruiting of Metoyer.
He enrolled at OU in the spring of 2012, starred in the spring game and then got plenty of action that fall, making four starts, playing in eight games and catching 17 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.
But the following year, everything unraveled for Metoyer.
Police said in August, he exposed himself to a woman in his apartment complex, then did it again in September. Bob Stoops responded by first suspending Metoyer from the team, then dismissing him.
Metoyer was charged with two felony counts of indecent exposure, then was charged again after another incident the following February outside of a fitness club in Tyler, TX. In 2015, he was sentenced to eight years probation.
Meanwhile, players like Kenny Stills, Justin Brown, Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard emerged as Oklahoma’s top receivers during that time.
If Metoyer had stayed four years at OU, his senior year (2015) would have been spent catching passes from Baker Mayfield in Lincoln Riley’s offense.
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National Signing Day is around the corner, so SI Sooners is examining Oklahoma’s biggest recruiting what-ifs of the last 20 years.
This is about players who arrived (or almost arrived) at Oklahoma but then, for whatever reason, left well before they reached their potential.
This is what college football recruiting is all about: the risk-reward that comes with not knowing a prospect’s potential. For every Adrian Peterson, there’s a Rhett Bomar. For every Tommie Harris, there’s a Moe Dampeer.
The time period is since 2000, when online recruiting services and the current “star” system became prominent.
The rankings were compiled by SI Sooners publisher John Hoover, Sports Animal host Al Eschbach, KREF host James Hale and Sooner Spectator publisher Jay Upchurch.
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How Hoover voted:
I ranked Trey Metoyer No. 2 on my top 20. Jay Norvell’s tireless work in getting him to Hargrave, then landing him back at Oklahoma, had Sooner Nation fired up about Metoyer’s upside. His talent was immense. But Norvell’s efforts were not rewarded (nor were they with Courtney Gardner and Derrick Woods in the 2012 class, or a handful of others), and lacking playmakers, the OU offense hit a two-year lull.
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Top 20 Oklahoma Recruiting What-Ifs