Oklahoma’s momentum is still rolling. The Sooners ended the 2016 regular season by sweeping through the Big 12 (9-0) and pounding Auburn 35-19 in the Sugar Bowl. Now, as the off-season is really just beginning, OU signed perhaps the best recruiting class in Bob Stoops’ 19 years in Norman. Those aren’t my words either, Oklahoma’s head coach said so himself on Wednesday.
“I feel we signed one of the best classes we’ve signed probably in 19 years,” Stoops said. “I love the balance of it.”
By 8:30 Wednesday morning all 27 of Oklahoma’s national letters of intent were in to the football office, with a school-record 11 players already on campus for the spring semester. That “balance” that Stoops was talking about looks like this, 13 offensive players/ 13 defensive players, and one specialist.
Both Rivals and 247Sports have Oklahoma with a Top 10 class for the first time since 2010. Rivals has them ranked #7 and 247Sports has them at #8. The Sooners, back-to-back defending Big 12 champions, will look to use this class as an opportunity to widen what is already an enormous gap in the conference. The next closet conference opponent in the final 2017 recruiting rankings was Texas (#31 Rivals/#26 247Sports).
Names like late-comer Ryan Jones (ATH), Marquise Brown (WR), Kennedy Brooks (LB), Addison Gumbs (LB), and Trey Sermon (RB) are just a handful of names that could be making their impact on the football field sooner rather than later. However, at the end of the day, this is a class that is stocked full of talent at just about every position.
In all, nine different states are represented in Oklahoma’s 2017 class. As usual, Texas leads the way with nine but the Sooner State isn’t far behind with six players choosing to stay home to play their college ball.
“We always start with Oklahoma and Texas, but our brand is national in reach, coming off top-five finishes the last two years, making the College Football Playoff and winning the Sugar Bowl,” Stoops said. “Once again, that’s reflected in the fact we signed players from coast to coast.”
Oklahoma Sooners 2017 Recruiting Class
|Troy James||DE||Baton Rouge, LA||6’4″||268|
|Ryan Jones||WR||Charlotte, NC||6’2″||201|
|Tyreece Lott||DT||Ardmore, OK||6’3″||265|
|Tre Norwood||DB||Fort Smith, AR||5’11”||168|
|Adrian Ealy||OL||Gonzales, LA||6’7″||282|
|Zacchaeus McKinney||DT||Weatherford, TX||6’5″||280|
|Marquise Brown||WR||Santa Clarita, CA||5’11”||170|
|K’Jakyre Daley||DE||Riviera Beach, FL||6’4″||215|
|Kennedy Brooks||RB||Mansfield, TX||6’0″||197|
|Addison Gumbs||LB||Hayward, CA||6’3″||211|
|Kenneth Murray||LB||Missouri City, TX||6’2″||208|
|Creed Humphrey||OL||Shawnee, OK||6’4″||290|
|Cedarian Lamb||WR||Richmond, TX||6’3″||189|
|Marquis Hayes||OL||Maryland Heights, MO||6’5″||315|
|Reeves Mundschau||K||New Braunfels, TX||6’0″||170|
|Jeremiah Hall||TE||Charlotte, NC||6’3″||225|
|Isaiah Thomas||DE||Tulsa, OK||6’5″||230|
|Trey Sermon||RB||Marietta, GA||6’1″||221|
|Grant Calcaterra||ATH||Rancho Santa Margarita, CA||6’4″||215|
|Charleston Rambo||WR||Cedar Hill, TX||6’2″||170|
|Marcelias Sutton||ATH||Scranton, PA||5’10”||195|
|Tre Brown||DB||Tulsa, OK||5’11”||180|
|Justin Broiles||DB||Oklahoma City, OK||6’0″||170|
|Tyrese Robinson||OL||McKinney, TX||6’5″||300|
|Levi Draper||LB||Collinsville, OK||6’2″||215|
|Robert Barnes||DB||Southlake, TX||6’3″||198|
|Chris Robison||QB||Mesquite, TX||6’2″||190|