Tuesday, May 8, 2012
FSU's Jalen Saunders heading to OU
By Jake Trotter SoonerNation
Jalen Saunders had a first-team all-WAC season for Fresno State with more than 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. It's an output he will now strive to replicate in Norman.
The Bulldogs' big deep threat on the outside under recently fired Pat Hill's pro-style offense, Saunders has opted to transfer to Oklahoma.
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"I have nothing against the slot or the spread," said Saunders, whose role changed to a possession slot receiver under new coach Tim DeRuyter this spring. "It was the way I was being used in the slot. The offense wasn't for me. That's pretty much why I left."
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Saunders took visits to Washington and DeRuyter's former school, Texas A&M, before settling on the Sooners.
Saunders has known Oklahoma wideout and fellow California native Kenny Stills since their high school days. Stills hosted Saunders on a visit to Norman over the weekend, and Saunders was sold.
"OU is a legit football school, they always put out great players in the NFL," said the speedy sophomore. "They had my major (criminology); I've known Kenny for a long time. It was just the best situation."
For the Bulldogs last season, Saunders finished with 50 receptions and averaged more than 21 yards per catch, which ranked second in the country.
Saunders will have to sit out this year, but will have two years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2013 season. He is planning to move to Norman before Oklahoma's summer workout program begins in June.
Saunders is one of two transfers the Sooners picked up in the last week. Oklahoma also added former Arizona defensive back Cortez Johnson.