There has been much ado about the upcoming season for the Oklahoma Sooners. From conference realignment to the Sooners coming in at #5 in most post-spring rankings. But, all of that has been blown out of the water. With the recent suspensions, the receiving core was looking pretty grim. Landry Jones returning as a fifth year senior bodes well but it means nothing if he has no targets to throw to. With all the nonsense going on, many turned to the incoming class and what they bring to the forefront. Will their success or lack there of determine the course of the 2012 season? As I began to look at the incoming class there were a few things I noticed. Here they are in quick fire form.
1 - There are a total of 25 incoming recruits from all across the nation ranging from California to Florida to Maryland. However, when was the last time that only 5 (not including Trey Metoyer as he is "coming from" Virginia now) in a class of 25 came out of the state of Texas? Oklahoma has said they wanted to take a more national approach to recruiting and they have backed that statement.
2 - There are five wide-outs in this class. There has been a recognized need as Ryan Broyles has departed for the NFL and the Sooners are definitely trying to fill that void.
3 - With the disappointment of the 2011 season, things needed to change. Most fans cried out for a change in recruiting philosophies specifically on defense. All through the 2011 season, linebackers were matched up against skill players. Now it would seems that recruiting has taken a turn in making a move away from these players seen as tweeners.
4 - How big of a role has Roy Finch has in this class landing four kids from his home state...Florida?
5 - The Sooners have not gone away from their roots and look to continue recruiting home grown talent. There are currently three incoming players from Oklahoma and at least one of them could have a major impact. They continued this trend heading into the 2013 class.
As mentioned above, these are just a few things that jumped out as I was reading through the list of incoming recruits yet again.