NORMAN — Nobody’s here to rain on Oklahoma’s signing day parade, so we’ll make this one little point quickly.
Even though the Sooners added a bunch of recruits to their signing day take after taking down Alabama at the Sugar Bowl and even though the recruiting gurus have graded them out as having the best class in the Big 12 and even though nobody decries the over-the-top hoopla of National Signing Day — when nobody has any real idea how any of these classes will eventually perform — more than me, once there was a day the Sooner Nation wouldn’t have been so pleased with landing what others judged to be the No. 15 (Rivals.com), No. 13 (ESPN), No. 13 (Scout) and No. 14 (247 Sports) recruiting class in the nation.
Instead, it would have wondered why OU can’t land a top-10 or top-five class.
Anyway, it seems like something to remember, that the Sooners aren’t necessarily back to living the football life they led the first five or six seasons of the new millennium.
On the other hand, they might.
That is the takeaway not only from National Signing Day, but from everything that’s happened to the program since the moment it found out the Crimson Tide would be waiting for it inside the Superdome.
It began with the embrace of the opportunity the Big Easy afforded, which had all kinds of things to do with shocking Alabama 45-31. After that, immediately, the program itself, the Sooner Nation and a college football nation began looking at OU in a different light, as a program not trying desperately to hold on to elite status but as one primed to have a lot to say about the next couple or three national championship races.
That segued into a National Signing Day that may not have absolutely harkened back to Bob Stoops’ Norman salad days, even as it provided a narrative that may well be close enough.