Four-star wide receiver Kenny Stills (6-2, 175, 4.4) from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon had approximately 25 offers plus and after a long recruiting battle, the speedy receiver has made his decision. It came down to two of college football's most prestigious programs.
Stills announced this evening that he will attend Oklahoma. He will be joining fellow San Diego four-star prospects, running back Brennan Clay and safety Tony Jefferson.
"I just felt that overall the people at Oklahoma kind of took it over the edge with me and I thought that was what I was looking for," Stills said. "I'm a people person and not only is the program great, but the people around the program are amazing. They are not fake and are real genuine and that was what I was looking for and those are the type of people I want to be surrounded by.
"Oklahoma for them, struggled this year and didn't have as good a year as they thought they should have, but still the atmosphere is great and the people were welcoming. They kept doing their thing, even though things weren't working out for them and that's what I look up to them for and I figure either way, if we are winning games or losing games, or I'm not playing, I'm still going to have a good time and that is what I'm looking forward to.
"I have an excellent rapport with Oklahoma's wide receiver coach Jay Norvell," Stills said. "We had dinner last night and he's a real cool guy. I love the whole staff to tell you the truth. Everyone on the staff is real, real cool and I have a lot of respect for everyone and even the people behind the scenes when it comes to academics and the people who take care of us when we were there on our trips and everything just went great.
"I'm a real people person and they do a great job of just kind of making everyone feel welcome and feel at home."
Being away from home shouldn't be a problem for Stills.
"I've been away from home for camps and the recruiting stuff," Stills said. "I've lived aunts and uncles, grandmas and have been away from mom and dad for awhile at times so I am excited to get away and kind of mature and become my own man.
Even though Stills will be leaving home his parents helped paved the road for their son to Norman as they helped him sort out his decision.
"My dad helped out a lot when it came to just feeling out Coach Norvell and his football knowledge," Stills said. "My mom did the people type of thing talking to the coaches and they had the best interest in me, not only as an athlete, but me as a person and she felt very comfortable with all the programs that I was talking to, but everybody has supported my decision and everybody has been rooting for Oklahoma in my neighborhood. I'm sure everyone is going to be happy tonight when the decision goes public and we can start buying gear and doing all that kind of stuff."
Not only are the Sooners getting an outstanding player in Stills, but they are getting a player who will be enrolling in January so he will be able to participate in spring ball.
"I think the second week of January, so that Saturday, I want to say I'll be at Oklahoma," Stills said. "I want to say the 16th or 17th something like that, but I'll go that Saturday.
"I'll be going with Tony Jefferson and we will be rooming together," Stills said. "We want to be at spring ball and bring Oklahoma back to a Big 12 Championship and we can't wait for Brennan Clay to join us in summertime.
"None of us Cali kids going out there expect to get spot guaranteed or any of that stuff," Stills said. "We are going out there to work hard and earn some spots and be part of the team and contribute to the OU family."
The Sooners in Stills get a record setter for the talent rich San Diego area of California. He went for over 3,000 yards for his career as a receiver and he was the first San Diego receiver to do so. As a senior he had over 1,000 receiving yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
The Sooners land in Stills a player who earned a spot on the Rivals250 team for the class of 2010, landing as the nations number 135 prospect at any position.
Stills also made the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team and was ranked as the Golden State's No. 22 prospect at any position.