Oklahoma Sooners: Oklahoma football recruiting

When you get down to it, the Big 12 is still centered around two programs: Texas and Oklahoma. Even though neither is the clear-cut favorite to win the Big 12, the Red River rivals still move the needle for many recruits. So it should come as no surprise that many of their games will be among the Big 12’s most important as far as recruiting is concerned. Here is a look at the Big 12’s top 10 most important games to recruits (not limited to conference games).

1. Oklahoma vs. Texas, Oct. 12
There is never a season that this game isn’t circled by each fan base and by just about any top recruit in the region as one of the marquee games. Prospects will be keeping an eye on not only how the game unfolds but also how each coaching staff interacts with players, how they fit into each team’s particular schemes, etc. There is more pressure on Texas to win this game this season, given that OU has owned the rivalry the last three seasons. If the Sooners find a way to win for a fourth consecutive season, the Longhorns will have a tougher time in head-to-head recruiting battles in the near future.

NORMAN, Okla. – Bob Stoops indicated he hired Jerry Montgomery to coach Oklahoma’s defensive line, in large part because of Montgomery’s reputation as a recruiter.

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Lon Horwedel/Icon SMIJerry Montgomery comes to Norman from Ann Arbor with a strong recruiting reputation.
That reputation manifested itself when news broke that Montgomery was leaving Michigan to join the Sooners.

“I actually couldn’t recruit for Oklahoma until I signed the contract,” Montgomery said Wednesday in his first interview with local reporters. “The one thing that happened was I was involved with so many kids, that kids reached out and said, ‘Coach you’re leaving, what’s going on?’ I said, ‘Call me, I’ll explain it you.’

“They all reached out to me, a good 15-20 kids, to say why? So we talked and had those conversations.”

In Ann Arbor, Montgomery demonstrated an aptitude for developing such relationships with prospects, as he became one of Michigan’s most prolific recruiters. He believes he can do the same in Norman.

“It’s about building relationships, I don’t care where you’re at, if you’re in Florida or Texas or Michigan or whatever,” he said. “It’s about building relationships in this area, the Texas area, and the surrounding states.”

Montgomery, however, said OU won’t be restricted recruiting just from traditional pipelines. He believes the Sooners can go to the South, too, where prominent and prevalent defensive line blue-chippers have been fueling the SEC’s dominance of college football.

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