Changing with the times: Two years ago, OU’s coaching staff did only a minuscule amount of contact with recruits through social media. That has been the biggest change over the last two years.
Recruiting coordinator/running backs coach Cale Gundy said the change was one of the reasons for OU’s success in recruiting this year.
“We’ve adapted even more so to the Twitter and to the Facebook and to the social media,” he said. “Coach Stoops made some changes with some guys. What the new guys have done for us is they’ve done a tremendous job. But we’ve all kind of jumped in and went full speed with social media. You just have to do it to be able to communicate. It’s unfortunate, but you can get a hold of any elementary, junior high and high school kid at 9, 10, 11 o’clock during school days just by Tweeting them or Facebooking them.”
A.D. effect: Gundy said one of OU’s best selling points is former running back Adrian Peterson. The All-American at OU and all-pro with the Minnesota Vikings the last six years, makes recruiting running backs much easier. It was a huge draw for five-star running back Joe Mixon.
“The best running back in the game today is Adrian Peterson. Everyone knows that, everyone talks about that. That helps me tremendously in recruiting,” Gundy said.
“He was smart to look at a place like Oklahoma and what we’ve done and the guys we’ve put out. We’ve got two guys starting in the NFL and one guy is the best. Not all 17-year-olds look at that, but obviously Joe did,” Gundy added. “But having an Adrian Peterson is priceless.”
Closing time: Of the 26 recruits OU landed Wednesday, nine committed after the Sooners’ Jan. 2 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.