Gardner Signs With OU

2012 wide receiver signee Courtney Gardner

NORMAN, Okla. — OU snatched one of the nation's best JUCO players Signing Day morning in wide receiver Courtney Gardner.

Gardner, an Arkansas commit since the middle of December, didn't wait long to switch to the Sooners, faxing his national letter of intent in at 10:22 a.m.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver from Sierra Junior College visited OU over the weekend and it sold him.

Sold him enough to ink his signature and fax it into the Sooners.

Gardner joins a ridiculously loaded group of wide receivers in this 2012 class, which also includes Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard and Derrick Woods as well as five-star early enrollee Trey Metoyer.

Daniel Brooks could also be in that mix as well.

Even though it certainly wasn't a long wait by any means, all four of those guys actually faxed their letters of intent first, with Neal starting off the day's festivities at 7:01 a.m.

The incoming group, including Gardner, adds five bodies to a Sooner receiving corps that already boasts Kenny Stills, Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson.

Stills led all returning receivers with his 849 receiving yards, while Reynolds racked up 715 yards.

Leading receiver Ryan Broyles leaves to graduation, and OU hopes Gardner and the other receivers will help fill that void.

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