The Sooners reeled in a Top 5 recruiting class in 2010. And they performed like it early on but their careers at Oklahoma are far from over.
OU signed seven players ranked in the ESPNU150 including quarterback Blake Bell, linebacker Corey Nelson and safety Tony Jefferson. Several of those 2010 signees have already made an impact on the program including Jefferson, Nelson, Bell, fullback Trey Millard, receiver Kenny Stills, safety Aaron Colvin, guard Adam Shead and running back Roy Finch.
Biggest get: Safety Tony Jefferson
College football’s elite pursued Jefferson, who picked OU over USC, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Oregon, Notre Dame, Georgia and others.
The California native stepped on campus and made an immediate impact. A hybrid linebacker/safety, Jefferson started nine games as a true freshman and made 65 tackles and earning Big 12 co-defensive freshman of the year honors.
As a sophomore, he recorded 74 tackles with 4.5 sacks and 4 interceptions and he should be a cornerstone piece of OU’s defense in 2012. A much-hyped player who has matched his hype with production.
Most underrated: Safety Aaron Colvin
Colvin picked OU over Missouri, Oklahoma State, North Texas, UNLV and Tulsa.
Relatively unknown out of Owasso, Okla./Owasso, Colvin made an immediate impact with the Sooners, starting his first Red River Rivalry against Texas as a true freshman. As a sophomore, he moved to safety and became a core member of OU’s defense, finishing with 84 tackles while starting 12 games.
Colvin is a example of great evaluation by the Sooners coaching staff.
Biggest disappointment: Receiver Justin McCay
If McCay couldn’t make an impact with the Sooners in 2011, he wasn’t going to.
A highly regarded prospect out of Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Meige, McCay redshirted in 2010 then didn’t see the field last fall. The Sooners badly needed help at the receiver spot but McCay didn’t seize the opportunity.
He transferred to Kansas before the spring semester began.