2011 Recruiting Class Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. — It's been a week and a half since Signing Day, and Sooner Nation's had time to reflect on the 2011 recruiting class, but just how well did OU do? Sooners Illustrated has the answer inside.

Overall ranking: A

The Sooners may only be ranked 15th nationally, but they got a wealth of talent across the board. This year's class includes four in the Top 100 and four-five stars, four four-stars and 10 three-stars. OU snagged 18 total recruits, the fewest of any team in the Top 25, yet it still managed to slip into the 15 slot with 3,145 points. There is certainly nothing much to complain about here.

Last minute acquisitions: B+

It came as quite a shock that Muleshoe High defensive end Cooper Washington de-committed and elected to go with the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Signing Day. And that was a big hit to this class, although he was only a three-star and the 43rd ranked defensive end. But OU also made a late move and stole a couple of really solid guys in Coppell High cornerback Bennett Okotcha and Euless Trinity High tight end Nila Kneubuhl (Kasitati). Okotcha de-committed from Notre Dame just days before Signing Day, and the Sooners took Kneubuhl from Baylor. With this talent pickup, it's hard not to hand an A here, but the loss of Washington justifies the B-line.

Five-star force: A+

Only a handful of schools racked up as many premium athletes as the Sooners did. Florida State, which boasts the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, finished with the most five-star commits at 5. From there, only four schools had four, and OU was one of those. The other three were Texas, Notre Dame and LSU. The Sooners' list of prized commits includes the nation's No. 1 wide receiver, Trey Metoyer, as well as running back Brandon Williams, defensive end Nathan Hughes and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips.

Quantity: B-

As mentioned, OU wrapped up Signing Day with the least amount of recruits, pulling in 18. The next two lowest commit totals in the Top 15 were Texas and California, each of which had 22. But even though the Sooners didn't have quite as many as the rest of the Top 15, it helps to alleviate some of the ensuing attrition that generally follows. And on top of that, the Sooners got a lot of quality out of that smaller quantity.

Filling the needs: A

There wasn't really a weak spot on the roster, as OU's extremely deep for the upcoming season. But the Sooners picked up playmakers on both sides of the ball. Metoyer will develop into a very solid college wide out, Williams has the potential to electrify the backfield in the future, and Hughes and Phillips have tremendous upsides. Additionally, the Sooners got a good safety in Frank Shannon, which will help fuel competition after they lose both safeties in Quinton Carter and Jonathan Nelson from the 2010-11 roster. Tight end Max Stevenson will boost that corps, and it's like that at all positions with this class. OU certainly filled its needs (also known as, they relocked and reloaded).

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