What makes that dangerous for OU and all other schools in the Big 12 is that sometime in the next two years -- as these two recruiting classes become the true foundation of the program -- expect the Cowobys to be very, very good. The kind of good that can make a multiple year run on the Big 12 Championship and honors beyond.
What makes the class so good? I've already written that you start with the quarterback but this class has immediate contributors and ones I think will stand up out of the junior college ranks. Cowboys fans really have to like linebacker Devante Averette and Tyreek Hill at receiver/scat back positions. Both are on campus and both are needed to jump in and get ready right away.
The main needs at linebacker, in the second secondary and at defensive end were addressed and with good solid young talent that looks to have a huge upside as those players are developed.
It is speculative and it always is in recruiting. The real success and ranking of this recruiting class will be revealed to everybody over the next several years. In the meantime, here are some fun class predictions:
Most Likely to Succeed Immediately: Devante Averette and Tyreek Hill. Two junior college players already in school and one on each side of the ball. The heavy graduation at linebacker makes the rugged and dependable Averette a natural to jump in. I see him moving in and playing a lot at the weak side linebacker as Ryan Simmons moves over to the middle.
Josh Stewart's decision to declare early for the NFL will allow Hill a chance to play often and have a big role. He will be the fastest player in all of Division I college football. He is also experienced ready for the dual role of playing slot receiver and lining up and playing some "electric" running back. Look out for Hill on the Jet flip.
Most Likely to Succeed over a Career: It would be easy to hand this to Mason Rudolph, and I really think he will be spectacular and his name could come up later. I'm going to go with two defensive ends -- Jordan Brailford of Tulsa Washington and Jarrell "Hog Hunter" Owens from Palestine, Texas. I think these two guys will be special and could end up book ending on defense and writing some sad chapters for opposing quarterbacks.
Most Likely to Overachieve: That means one has to imply here that not as much is expected out of somebody. I really don't feel that is the case but I think you best not overlook Chris Lacy, wide receiver from Desoto, Texas. He will arrive in Stillwater brimming with confidence after a huge senior season. He has size and runs good routes. He doesn't just rely on speed but has enough to be dangerous. If he truly masters the receiver craft, he could have numbers and a career that might resemble Rashaun Woods.
Most Likely to Become a Fan Favorite: Any of these guys would be candidates because Oklahoma State fans love their players. I'm going to select Juwan Offray, the young cornerback from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans is really confident and plays aggressive. If I were picking one for both sides of the football then I see Sione Palelei being the kind of runner that fans just go nuts over.
Most Likely to Graduate to the NFL and win a Super Bowl: I like defensive tackle Trey Carter. Again, it could go to a lot of candidates in a very talented class but Carter is growing and getting bigger. I love his playing style and when he gets fully comfortable playing defensive tackle he is going to be a nightmare for opposing players. He has an NFL look to me.