The Sooners have already eclipsed their 85-scholarship limit for the 2011 season which should come as no surprise. When you have one of the best programs in the nation, kids are lining up around the block to play for you. Currently, OU has 18 newcomers (with the loss of Brandon Carter) with 16 of those being on scholarships who have all given a verbal commit. Outside of these 18 recruits there really are no other top uncommitted recruits leaning heavily toward Oklahoma. With signing day being so close that we can smell it, I think it is safe to say that the OU recruiters have turned their focus toward the 2012 class now.
The Defensive Line is a point of interest going into the 2011 season. Oklahoma has locked up Marquis Anderson, Jordan Phillips and Jordan Wade. Both Anderson and Phillips have a good shot at making a difference in this 2011 season. Throughout the 2010 season we saw a rotation of DE's but with the loss of Jeremy Beal and Pryce Macon, the D-Line will have to turn to inexperience. On the other hand, Phillips has great size for a DT at 6-foot-6 290lbs and could make a difference as a true freshman assuming he doesn't red-shirt and may even be shifted around until at the DE, TE, or OL positions. Marquis Anderson will be hitting campus a semester early and depending on how he improves with strength and speed, we could see him on the field at the DE position and later in his career at the DT position as well. Jordan Wade on the other hand is probably looking at a red-shirt. He has good size and upper body strength as well as talent but there is a lot he can improve on.