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OU looking at Broken Arrow RB duo

NORMAN, Okla. -- For all the in-state recruiting Oklahoma does, the running back position has been a spot the Sooners have usually looked elsewhere to fill.

Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) is the first in-state running back to commit to the Sooners since 2003, when Courtney Tennial from Glenpool signed with OU.

That's not to say that looking in other states has hurt Bob Stoops' team. It was obviously the right move to go to Texas to get Adrian Peterson in 2004. Going to Las Vegas to pick up DeMarco Murray worked out just fine, and the California trio of 2010, Brennan Clay, Kenny Stills and Tony Jefferson, might not have happened without Clay being on board.

Ross, ranked No. 39 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 4 running back, might be the start of a trend when it comes to Oklahoma high school running backs.

It's possible that OU could not only get running back commitments from in-state products in 2013 and 2014, they could be from the same school.

Junior Cameron Wrenn and sophomore Devon Thomas from Broken Arrow, Okla., have no problem admitting they're cheering for each other when they're not in the game.

"I'm coming out of my seat cheering for Cameron when I'm not in because I want to see what he does," Thomas said.

Wrenn, at 6-foot and 190 pounds, was on Oklahoma's radar before the season began. His performance in the first game of the season, however, helped him get noticed from other schools.

Wrenn rushed for a school-record 315 yards and five touchdowns in a victory against Owasso, Okla.

"It was definitely nice to be getting that attention," Wrenn said. "All it did was make me want to work harder and harder."

Some say Wrenn is the state's top running back prospect for 2013, but there have been whispers that Wrenn might not even be the best back on the team.

Thomas, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, is having one solid outing after another, giving Broken Arrow the most potent 1-2 punch in the state.

Thomas has rushed for 1,021 yards on just 91 carries with 12 touchdowns. Wrenn has 795 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, and he has caught a touchdown pass and has 12 receptions.

"They're really good, and they haven't reached their potential yet," Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. "The best thing about them is they're so unselfish. They don't care who is scoring -- all about the team."

Both have already taken an unofficial visit to OU this season. Wrenn attended Oklahoma's game against Missouri in September, while Thomas was at the Sooners' contest against Texas Tech on Saturday.

The trip was Thomas' first to OU and the first time seeing a college football game in person. It was an eye-opening experience.

"They're a lot bigger than what I thought. It was kind of surprising how big some of those guys are," Thomas said. "I know I can do it, though. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but I'm not afraid of that."

The only problem with the two runners is that it can be tough to separate them from each other. They're both about the same size, with the same gliding running style. Thomas is No. 28 and Wrenn is No. 20. From the press box, the numbers can look the same.

It happened last week in a 16-14 victory at Norman, Okla. Thomas went 88 yards for a touchdown, and it was announced that Wrenn scored.

"It doesn't matter to us and really, we're not even thinking about something like that," Wrenn said. "Devon can go 88. I can go 88. As long as it's a touchdown for the team, that's all that matters."

Thomas said he is already receiving interest from Kansas, while Wrenn said his other favorites include Oklahoma State and Arkansas. Both said they would like to attend more OU games, but they're not sure they'll be able to through the rest of this season.

Bob Przybylo covers football and basketball recruiting for SoonerNation.

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