Total class: 29
ESPN 150: 7
By position: ATH 6, DE 4, WR 3, OT 3, OLB 3, RB 2, S 2, DT 2, TE 1, QB 1, G 1, C 1.
By state: Texas 17, Oklahoma 4, California 3, Kansas 3, Florida 1, Missouri 1.
Already enrolled in school: 4.
The big ones: QB Blake Bell, a tall player with surprising athleticism for his size, was the Big 12’s top quarterback recruit. LB Corey Nelson was a late snatch from Texas A&M who should provide playmaking ability as a nimble, roving run-stuffer.
Sleeper: S Aaron Colvin missed his junior season with an injury but had a strong senior season. Oklahoma coaches feel like they are getting a steal because of his lack of national notoriety.
Needs met: Chris Brown is gone and DeMarco Murray has one more season of eligibility. But the Sooners added a couple of immediate contenders for playing time in Brennan Clay and Roy Finch. Austin Haywood adds immediate depth at tight end with Jermaine Gresham leaving. And Sam Bradford’s departure is lessened with the arrival of Bell, who appears ticketed to redshirt during 2010.
Analysis: Offense was the target in this recruiting class and the Sooners appear to have filled most of their needs. The late addition of Corey Nelson was huge for Oklahoma’s defense, particularly after losing Jackson Jeffcoat to Texas a few days earlier. Receivers Justin McCay and Kenny Stills should help provide pop in the offense. It’s a strong, solid class, dotted by playmakers, that was ranked as high as second nationally by one recruiting service.
What Bob Stoops said: “We met every one of our needs by position the way we needed to with the number of guys, the number of signees, at each of those positions and addressed just the graduation and guys departing through the year. I felt like we really got great talent in all of those positions.” On Blake Bell: “He's a talented guy when you look at his ability to throw the football. He's an excellent pocket quarterback, which is a staple of what we do.”
Scouts Inc. grade/rankings: A, second in Big 12.