OU Football Recruiting - Revisiting The Class Of 2008

Oklahoma landed the nation's tenth ranked recruiting class (as ranked by Rivals) last week with a total of 25 commitments. However, we all know that a class ranking really isn't determined by how they look going into school its determined more so by what they've accomplished before they leave the school. For that reason we're going to take a look back to four years ago at the 2008 Oklahoma recruiting class.

The Sooners had the nation's sixth ranked recruiting class in 2008 with a total of 21 commitments. Some of them panned out to be super stars at their respective positions, some were quality role players and a few were flat out busts. One of them also had his collegiate career completely hijacked by the NCAA.

Name Position Rivals Ranking What Happened
Mike Balogun LB 3-Stars Played in 10 games in 2008 with two starts (one of them being the BCS Championship Game. Had his career hijacked by the NCAA in 2009 when he was ruled ineligible. Is currently on the roster with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
J.R. Bryant LB 4-Stars Played sparingly at linebacker and defensive end but spent the majority of his time at Oklahoma as a special teams player.
Jermie Calhoun RB 5-Stars Never was able to settle into a starting role at Oklahoma and despite his five star status often found himself buried on the depth chart. Rushed for 242 yards and one touchdown on 56 carries through the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Announced that he would transfer before the 2011 season and is now enrolled at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX.
Daniel Franklin LB 3-Stars Will be a senior this fall after redshirting in 2008. Has played in a total of 29 games from 2009-2011 as a backup linebacker and member of special teams.
Stephen Good OL 5-Stars Played in seven games as a true freshman in 2008 and became a steady member of an offensive line rotation beginning in 2009. Despite being a four year player he never established himself as a dominant force on the line.
Ben Habern OL 4-Stars Played in three games as a true freshman in 2008 before an injury ended his season. Became the starting center in 2009 and has been one of the best linemen on the team since. Has one more year of eligibility because he received a medical hardship in 2008.
James Hanna TE 4-Stars Solidified his place in OU folklore for his 76-yard touchdown catch to seal the 2010 Bedlam game in Stillwater. Caught 52 passes for 720 yards and 9 touchdowns in his four seasons as a Sooner tight end.
Lamar Harris ATH 4-Stars Landed as a defensive back at OU. After sitting out 2008 with a redshirt he has played as a reserve DB and special teams player.
Joseph Ibiloye DB 4-Stars Transitioned to linebacker prior to the 2009 season and has played in a total of 38 games since 2009. Has a total of 46 tackles during that time. He may transition to nickelback for 2012. Redshirted in 2008.
Joshua Jarboe WR 4-Stars Was given the boot by Coach Stoops for improper behavior before even starting his freshman season. After bouncing around to a couple of other schools he ended up at Arkansas State.
Justin Johnson LB 4-Stars Moved to running back upon arrival at Oklahoma. Saw spot duty as a true freshman in 2008 and the transferred to Abilene Christian in 2009.
Landry Jones QB 4-Stars One of the most prolific passers in Oklahoma football history. Has thrown for 12,540 yards and 94 touchdowns since 2009. Is the first quarterback to win three bowl games under Bob Stoops.
David King DE 4-Stars Has played in 30 games since 2009 with 8 starts. Has recorded 43 tackles and 3 sacks during that time. Will have a chance to start the 2012 football season atop the depth chart at DE.
Stacey McGee DT 4-Stars After making two game appearances in 2009 he started 11 games in 2010 only to drop back down to 3 starts in 2011. Has recorded 49 tackles and 1.5 sacks during that time. Will be a senior this fall because he redshirted in 2008.
Dejuan Miller WR 4-Stars Had his best season as a sophomore in 2009 when he recorded 36 receptions for 434 yards and 1 touchdown. Had his 2010 season sidelined with a knee injury and never was able to return to the type of player we saw in 2009.
Britt Mitchell OL 3-Stars Left the team in 2008 to "join the military" but somehow ended up at UTEP,
Jameel Owens WR 4-Stars Played in nine games as a true freshman in 2008 where he caught 4 passes for 44 yards. Transferred to Tulsa before the 2009 season.
David Sims LB 3-Stars Transferred to Iowa State where he had a fairly solid career as a defensive back. Was named the Big XII defensive newcomer of the year in 2009.
Casey Walker DT 3-Stars Has played in 22 games with 12 starts since 2009. Recorded 24 tackles and a sack during that time. Will be a key contributor on the defensive line in 2012.
R.J. Washington DE 5-Stars Has played in 26 games since 2009. Had a breakout season in 2011 by recording 5 sacks and 16 tackles. Will be looked upon to start and lead the DE's in 2012.
Tress Way K 2-Stars Became the starting punter in 2009. Has recorded season long punts of 74, 85 and 67 yards over the last three season in route to becoming one of the best punters in the nation. Will be a Ray Guy candidate in 2012.

Since signing the class of 2008 Oklahoma has gone 42-12 in football with two Big XII championships and a 3-1 bowl record. The lone bowl loss was to Florida in the 2008 BCS Championship Game.

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