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May 19, 2012
Bester Wastes No Time Becoming a Sooner
Since the news of Oklahoma's indefinite suspension of four players, which included three experienced receivers, speculation has run wild about just whose hands Landry Jones' passes would end up in this fall.
On Saturday the Sooners made a step in the right direction by landing one of the nation's most highly thought of, if largely unknown, junior college receivers. This step happened when Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi Community College class of 2012 receiver Lacoltan Bester announced via twitter that he was pledging his football future to the Sooners.
Before a sophomore year that saw Bester collect 17 touchdowns and 1,042 yards on just 76 receptions he was already regarded by JCGridiron's Brad Hoiseth as the nation's No. 2 junior college wide receiver. Following the strong campaign, Hoiseth didn't back off his feelings about the former high school option quarterback.
"The kid Lacolton Bester is a freak. I saw him live at the NJCAA title game," Hoiseth said. "Best receiver I saw last season at any level."
Bester tweeted throughout the day that he was committing to Oklahoma while taking an official visit to Norman. He has now made comments on his Twitter to indicate that he has taken the next step of his recruitment and signed his letter of intent.
With a player so wildly successful many have wondered how the Sooners were able to see a class of 2012 recruit fall into their lap, particularly at such a need position. It has become the understanding of the SoonerScoop.com staff that in spite of considerable recruiting interest, particularly from the likes of Baylor, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, and Middle Tennessee State, his ability to qualify concerned many.
Recently, according to sources, Bester found his way to eligibility and the Sooners quickly jumped to attention. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver helped lead his team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship last year - a program first.
Bester is a junior college prospect with three years to play two, meaning he still has a redshirt year available. Though with Oklahoma's needs, which caused his whirlwind recruitment, it seems unlikely such a thing will play a role in his career.