McCoy to return to Sooners

Updated: January 12, 2009, 7:03 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Oklahoma defensive lineman Gerald McCoy said Monday he will return to school instead of entering the NFL draft as an underclassman.

McCoy, 6-foot-4 and 288 pounds, was rated by Scouts Inc. as one of the top defensive line prospects in the upcoming NFL draft.

"I've decided to stay," McCoy said. "I talked it over with my family and I just don't feel like right now is the time for me to leave. I feel another year would benefit my speed, strength and overall knowledge of the game."

Oklahoma is still awaiting word from quarterback Sam Bradford, tight end Jermaine Gresham and offensive lineman Trent Williams.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.

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