Thursday, February 7, 2013
Roundtable: Grading Oklahoma's class
By SoonerNation staff
Every Thursday, the SoonerNation staff will answer a roundtable question about OU football. Leave a comment or talk about it in our "There's Only One" forum.
How would you grade Oklahoma's 2013 recruiting class based on the Sooners filling their needs?
• I give the Sooners a "B." The Sooners missed out on several of their top targets at tight end, offensive tackle and inside linebacker -- three of the top needs on the team. But OU did put together a collection of prospects in the trenches with some upside like defensive tackle Charles Walker. OU also replenished a depleted secondary with some instant impact candidates like safety Hatari Byrd and instate standout Stanvon Taylor, who could challenge for a starting job at cornerback this fall. The Sooners should also get immediate contributions from juco OT Josiah St. John and DT Quincy Russell. Overall, the class lacks the star power of previous classes. There's no Adrian Peterson or Tommie Harris in this class. But there's plenty of upside across the board, which is why this class could develop into a formidable one before they leave Norman.
- Jake Trotter
• I'm not big on stars or rankings -- I tend to go off what I see with my eyes. And my eyes tell me the Sooners brought in a class full of guys with good upside potential. Thus, they get a solid "B+" from me. Defensive tackles Charles Walker and Matt Romar appear to be as athletic (if not more athletic) than the defensive tackles on the roster, receiver K.J. Young looks like the undiscovered gem of the class and linebacker Jordan Evans brings unique size, versatility and athleticism to the linebacker spot. Meanwhile headliners like running back Keith Ford and cornerback Stanvon Taylor appear ready to play immediately. If you're looking for big names, this is not the class for you. But if you're looking for actual production, you may look back at this class in five years and be pleasantly surprised at the overall balance and production of the Class of 2013.
- Brandon Chatmon
• There's a lot of excitement after getting four-star cornerback L.J. Moore on signing day, but this class cannot get anything higher than a "B-." The Sooners simply missed out on too many top targets at a variety of positions. It was backup to backup plans that started to become priorities in December and January. You can talk about a strong close by OU, but that's relative because of all the big names that passed on the Sooners. When you get three-star kids, though, they are likely to play with that chip on their shoulder, something cornerback Dakota Austin has already brought up. It's not a bad class by any stretch, but it's not a home run group, either.
- Bob Przybylo