Thursday, February 3, 2011
Oklahoma recruiting analysis
By David Ubben
Signees: 17 (three enrolled early)
Top prospects: Receiver Trey Metoyer and running back Brandon Williams are ESPNU 150 members among the best at their positions. Both could contribute early at Oklahoma. Jordan Phillips, Jordan Wade and Nathan Hughes add three more ESPNU 150 signees and a great haul of prospects on the defensive line. Danzel Williams is an athlete that Oklahoma plans to use at running back and gives the Sooners six ESPNU 150 prospects, second-most in the Big 12 behind Texas.
Needs met: Coach Bob Stoops said it in his press conference on Wednesday, and he's right: Oklahoma wasn't depleted anywhere, and didn't have any real pressing needs. As a result, you get a very balanced, but typically strong class from the Sooners. Oklahoma's 2010 class was one of its best ever, and you never know how one will look, but none of the current recruits will be counted on for any major contributions in 2011. If they can help somewhere, they'll be welcome to. But it won't be a problem if they need a year or two before they can become high-level Big 12 talents.
Analysis: Coming off a strong freshman class like Oklahoma had in 2010 takes a little pressure off the following year, but the Sooners cashed in another solid class near the top of the national rankings. OU ranks No. 11 overall, and players like Metoyer, Williams and the trio of defensive linemen can make the kind of immediate impact that players like Tony Jefferson had in 2010. The Sooners reign as one of the Big 12's elite teams won't be threatened, and we could see them contend for a national championship again soon after 2011, a year that looks like a promising one in Norman.
ESPN recruiting grade: B-plus