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A Northern Star in the Making

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Some serious North of the Boarder talent…

In 2011, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops welcomed ESPN to document the Sooners’ August training camp in a four-part, all-access series. Practices, meetings, meals and nearly every other aspect of the team’s preparation for the 2011 campaign was recorded for the world to see.

Some 1,200 miles away, while then-Sooner stars Landry Jones, Kenny Stills, Ryan Broyles, Travis Lewis and the rest of the preseason-No. 1 Sooners were sweating through practice, a soon-to-be high school freshman named Neville Gallimore was glued to the TV.

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“Eighth grade was when I really starting thinking that I could take [football] to another level,” Gallimore recalled. “In the ninth grade, during the summer time, my friends and I were sitting at home watching ESPN All-Access and Oklahoma. I was seeing the winning tradition that they had and what it felt like to be a part of a winning program. My friends would tell me, ‘Hey, that’s going to be you.’ I hoped, but it was so far away. So I continued to grind.”

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Gallimore’s grind turned him into a top prospect, and he never lost that early love he found for Oklahoma. Now he’s living his dream.

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