The Norman Transcript

OU Football

February 6, 2014

Sooners’ newest class of recruits shows off a national brand

NORMAN — It certainly isn’t odd for Oklahoma to reach well beyond its borders for recruits. The program went well beyond regional status a couple generations ago.

But the crop the Sooners harvested on National Signing Day, which consisted of 26 players from 10 different states and all four time zones, showed a strong national appeal.

“We are one of those national brands and we always have strong and excellent interest from players around the country,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “Our coaches did a great job of connecting with these different guys from different states and being able to finish and sign them today.”

Finish is what OU did on Wednesday.

The Sooners inked three players that were not committed at the start of the day — Fresno, Calif., athlete Michiah Quick, West Valley City, Utah offensive tackle Kenyon Frison and the biggest surprise of the day Duluth, Ga., offensive tackle Orlando Brown.

The group gave OU a unanimous top 15 class (No. 15 Rivals.com), (No. 13 ESPN), (No. 13 Scout) and (No. 14 247) and the unanimous top class in the Big 12 Conference.

Topping the list is five-star running back Joe Mixon from Oakley, Calif. The U.S. Army All-American was one of four prep players from California the Sooners landed.

This isn’t the first time OU has pulled players out of California, but the program’s appeal seems to be growing on the West Coast.

“In California, there’s just the Pac-12, and the Pac-12 doesn’t have the fan base, it doesn’t have the excitement around a lot of the programs, the stadiums, just the fervor that our conference does and our state does,” said OU co-offensive coordinator/receivers coach Jay Norvell. “So that attracts kids.”

It helped to add 6-foot-5, 210-pound La Mirada, Calif. wide receiver Dallis Todd to go along with Quick for the receiver group and Murrieta, Calif., linebacker Curtis Bolton.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
OU Football
  • Shannon won’t face criminal charges

    Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon will not face criminal charges for an alleged sexual assault. Any punishment he receives will be through the University....

    April 18, 2014

  • OU looking into sexual assault complaint against linebacker

    The “personal issues” that kept Oklahoma linebacker Frank Shannon out of last Saturday’s Red-White Game are serious.
    The Oklahoman reported Wednesday night that Shannon has been accused of violating the University of Oklahoma’s Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination and Harassment Policy.

    April 16, 2014

  • Red White Transfer QB Baker Mayfield shows promise in Red-White Game

    Individual awards were not handed out after Saturday’s Red-White Game. If they had, quarterback Baker Mayfield wouldn’t have left Owen Field empty handed. He only played against defensive backups, but going 9 for 9 for 125 yards and two ...

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Red-White Game more of a treat for the fans

    Oklahoma didn’t play a game as much as it put on a show Saturday at Owen Field. At least, that was the intent....

    April 14, 2014

  • Red White Defense rules the day at spring game

    Fans want to see offense in spring games, and there were a lot of devotees at Oklahoma’s Red-White Game on Saturday. If 43,500 in attendance were hoping for a big day from quarterback Trevor Knight, they walked out of Owen Field ...

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooner faithful best barometer for progress

    The headline, already up at Oklahoma’s athletic website by 6 p.m. Saturday, read “White Team Prevails in Annual Spring Game,” and if there’s a more meaningless summary of Sooner fortunes, in any sport, before next year’s spring game, I ...

    April 13, 2014

  • A couple of scares

    By his own estimation, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops thought 16 returning or projected starters were not in uniform for Saturday’s Red-White Game....

    April 13, 2014

  • Red-White Game won’t showcase all the starters

    It has been a bit over four months since Oklahoma played in front of a real audience. That will change at 2 p.m. today when the Sooners take the field for the Red-White game....

    April 12, 2014

  • Grissom trying to make move to linebacker

    The next evolution for Oklahoma’s defense is under way. It’s spent two seasons tinkering to get as much speed on the field as possible....

    April 10, 2014

  • Golden Eagles top scoreless Sooners

    The feast-or-famine affliction Oklahoma’s developed when it comes to scoring runs was alive and well Tuesday night against Oral Roberts....

    April 9, 2014