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The key for OU here was to bring in offensive linemen. While the starting 5 next season will be solid and experienced, it was imperative for OU to bring in some high school linemen in the program and some JUCO guys to add depth while the younger ones developed. OU always likes to bring in 1 stud QB and at least 1 stud RB. Wide receivers are also needed since we lost Brown and Stills and will lose Bester and Reynolds (if he's back and can win his spot back). I do think OU might have signed 1 too many here but they struggled to fill their class anyway. Here are my thoughts on the offensive recruits.
QB-Cody Thomas-a real stud even though he wasn't OU's first choice. Truth is, he might be a better prospect as he had an outstanding senior season. A very, very talented athlete who hopefully won't sign a pro baseball contract. He'll likely redshirt his freshman year.
RB-Keith Ford-Already one of my favorite players? One of our first verbals and he never waivered even when Texas tried to get on him late. He appears to have all the tools to be a top running back. OU has the luxury of redshirting him this season and I hope they do. He shouldn't be needed as long as we don't have a rash of injuries.
WR-OU lost out on the top receiver (Treadwell)-again but brought in some good prospects. These are not superstar type guys but much like the defensive linemen-they can develop if they work hard and stay out of trouble.
Dannon Cavil-OU got him late and Norvell really loves the guy. He's a big physical type who will go through spring ball. I hope they can redshirt him which means Metoyer is playing well. Otherwise, he could see the field.
Austin Bennett-another early verbal who never waivered and again Texas tried to get on him late. If nothing else-it shows some character in these guys when they verbal early and don't change. I hope that shows their work ethic also. He might see the field because appears to be more of a slot guy-he might play on special teams.
KJ Young-another late verbal and I was somewhat perplexex why OU took another WR. But he sounds special. He could be a contributor in a year or two or a total bust. Time will tell.
Jordan Smallwood-Another guy I saw play. He's pretty good and has good but not great speed. Does appear to have a very good set of hands. I think he'll redshirt.
Again, OU loaded up at a position in which they have pretty good depth. Like DE, they can afford to be very selective for 2014.
OL-This area (next to DL) probably was scrutinized the most by the board. Lots of Patton criticism because he whiffed on every top OL he was in on. But there are a lot of very, very good offensive inemen out there. And I'm not against signing JUCO's provided they have a legitmate chance to start or can come into the spring. OU signed some but in most cases-they won't be here until June. Why the JUCO's? I think OU is trying to "bridge the gap" for next season and bring in a bunch of high school guys they can develop. The starting 5 this season will be solid-there just isn't much depth. The JUCO guys provide that. I do wish OU would have brought in a few more HS guys though.
Josiah St John-JUCO OL who will compete for a tackle spot. He gives OU some badly needed depth.
Christian Daimler-Has big upside but will need to put on weight. The only high school guy that was brought in.
Dionte Savage-JUCO OL who will play at guard. He also adds depth. He's a monster who OU got on late.
Patton and Kittle really failed here in my opinion. While they got 2 guys who can provide depth-only 1 HS lineman brought in along with only 1 from last year makes 2014 critical. OU will likely have to go the JUCO route again but they have got to bring in 3 to 4 high school guys.
Overall-Top QB, top RB, some good wide receiver prospects and a little depth on the OL. OU's offense won't be the problem in 2013 provided they get good QB play. And they will survive on the OL since they will be getting 2 guys back from injury and return everyone else but one. But the depth for the season after will be critical-again. Seems like Patton has this issue a lot.
Patton is a terrible recruiter. Point blank. End of story.
I'm probably the most excited about Savage. Glad to see OU get a huge inside player.
With Williams, Clay, Ross, Finch, and Millard in the backfield does Ford redshsirt?
I'm a real adult fan, not like all you other spoiled babies. You don't know anything about me, but I can make wild accusations about you.
Patton wasn't asked to bring in OGs early. OU offered Savage late due to some concerns on Shead recently as well as those recovering from injury.
By that time Patton was interviewing for the Illini job.
Kittle is the guy that wiffed on + - 30 recruits, signing two good ones. They expected three OTs per Mike Stoops. I guess he fell one short.
KJ Young had late suitors from Neb and Wash. The dude is a stud.
Texas tried to turn both Ford, Cavil and Bennett on offense.
aTm tried to turn Daimler late.
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by 416DEFENSE 14 months ago
Great analysis. I agree with your assessment of the o- line issues.
everyone is a better judge of players than OU's coaches and everyone is a better recruiter. I nominate Skip to take over all recruiting activities at OU and leave Bob, Mike, Josh, Shipp et al completely out of the recruiting and just use players the fans on here agree to. PERIOD!
If we can't get agreement from the fans, then we should fire them and get more and better fans who have that fire in their belly to belly ache even more about the coaches, recruits, or fill in the blank.....
My thoughts are that no matter how talented an elite QB or RB are, they aren't crap without an offensive line. Look at poor Sam and the Ram's O-LINE. Sam can make any throw on the field, but many times he is running for his life.
Sam doesn't even have WRs to throw to.
Another thought about the RBs. While probably unlikely, either Clay and Finch could redshirt. Love the depth but hate to see talent set on the bench. But if one of those two would get hurt (along with Williams also) a redshirt season for any of the 3 is possible. I would like to see Ford reshirt also but don't know if he would be happy with that.
How about the o line Sam and lj had to play behind in 2009?
Typical stupid post from someone who doesn't know enough about football to add to the discussion. Just knows how to criticize other people, which takes no knowledge whatsoever.
What in the world inspired this response? A poster on a message board, where we talk and share opinions about the team we follow, gives his breakdown of the recruiting class. He criticizes ONE thing, the lack of olinemen, which is OBVIOUS to anyone that doesn't fart Boomer Sooner in their sleep, and you post this nonsense? Good Lord.
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