OU has a chance in first class 5 class since 2010

Recruiting is something the Oklahoma Sooners have done very well since Lincoln Riley took over as Bob Stops in 2017. In the five hiring cycles, Riley was head coach, the Sooners had four of the 10 best seasons with a 247Sports composite average of 270.77.

Having brought the 2022 class back to eighth in the country following Riley’s departure, Brent Venables is well on his way to earning his first top-five enlistment class since 2010.

This class had 30 commitments, the highest of which was Tony Jefferson, who is currently with the Baltimore Ravens. Kenny Stills’ wide receiver was also in that category.

Bob Stoobs has had a great year.

With Oklahoma Football re-emphasizing the hiring scene, let’s take a look at the last five hiring cycles. All ratings are taken from 247Sports.com.


December 29, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams (13) throws a pass during the first half of the 2021 Alamo Bowl against the Oregon Ducks at the Alamodome. Mandatory credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

National ranking The tenth
Top Rated Recruit Caleb Williams, QB

Other notable recruits:

Mario Williams, WR Ethan Downs, Edge Jalil Farouk, WR Danny Stutsman, Left Back

The final enlistment class for Lincoln Riley’s term in Oklahoma. The clear leader is quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams would be a Heisman finalist and possibly the winner for the remainder of his time in college football.


October 20, 2018; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma Sooners CO offensive coordinator Bill Bidenbow during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon J. Carter Stadium. Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports

National ranking Thirteenth
Top Rated Recruit Nate Anderson, OG

Other notable recruits:

Marvin Mims, WR Anton Harrison, OT Perrion Winfrey, DT

This is an interesting thing. The first two recruits in this category were both attacking recruits; It wasn’t quite as popular during the Riley era.

Perrion Winfrey was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2022 NFL Draft.


October 16, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jadon Haselwood (11) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports

National ranking VI
Top Rated Recruit Jadon Haslewood, WR

Other notable recruits:

Spencer Rattler, QB Theo Wease, WR Austin Stogner, TE

Notable conversion:

Jalen Hurts, QB (Alabama)

The player who had the most influence in the Sooners costume wasn’t a high school recruit but a transitional. Jalen Hurts was the biggest name in the transfer gate and was a huge hit for returnees.

Hurts rehabilitated his NFL stock, and the Sooners got their perfect QB bridge while Spencer Rattler held the holster.

Ratler and fellow Oklahoma teammate Austin Stegner will play for South Carolina this season.


Oklahoma’s offensive lineman, Bray Walker (70), warms up before an NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, October 24, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. Oklahoma won 33-14. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

National ranking ninth
Top Rated Recruit Brie Walker, OT

other notable recruits;

Ronnie Perkins, DE DaShaun White, OLB Nik Bonitto, OLB Brian Asamoah, OLB Delarrin Turner-Yell, S Gabe Brkic, K

That’s a lot of players who made it into the NFL. SMU QB Tanner Mordecai was also signed by the Sooners in this category.


September 18, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Justin Broyles (25) and Oklahoma Sooners Cornerback DJ Graham (9) interact during the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports

National ranking VIII
Top Rated Recruit Justin Broyles, CB

Other notable recruits:

Therese Robinson, OG Tre Brown, CB Charleston Rambo, WR Kennedy Brooks, RB Trey Sermon, RB Isaiah Thomas, DL Creed Humphrey, C

Another category that prides itself on its share of NFL talent. Creed Humphrey was the highest-rated Pro Football Focus for 2021 and will guard the face of Patrick Mahomes, the NFL, for years to come.


April 23, 2022; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables reacts during the spring game at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Kevin Jayraj USA Today Sports

Lincoln Riley did many things right while in Oklahoma, and recruiting is something he and his crew have done very well. For a school not known for its defensive prowess, there are quite a few players on the defensive side of the ball that ended up in the NFL.

For whatever reason, there wasn’t enough talent on this side of the ball to win a national championship.

Venables is off to a good start with a top ten consecutive recruiting season, but can he get that extra bit of talent to get the freshmen on the college football hump?

Early returns look promising.