First, Sooners Illustrated breaks down the three biggest strengths.
1. Wide receiver haul--Saying OU got a good receiving class is a major understatement. This class, which includes a three-star, three four-stars and a five-star in Daniel Brooks, Courtney Gardner, Sterling Shepard, Durron Neal and Trey Metoyer, respectively, is the best in the country. In fact, it's also probably the best ever Sooner receiving class. Gardner, a JUCO transfer, provides veteran savvy and has a ton of explosiveness, while all the others have the potential to be lethal and play from the minute they arrive on campus. OU will have no shortage of production from its receivers over the next few years.
2. Getting game-ready players--The Sooners had serious needs at a number of positions and addressed them with guys that are prepared to step in and play right away. Gardner is one of those, along with offensive tackle Will Latu, running back Damien Williams, tight end Brannon Green, defensive end Chaz Nelson and defensive back Kasseim Everett. All of those are JUCO transfers ready to step into the action, but that's not all. A number of the true freshmen in this class will see a lot of action, including Metoyer and Neal, as well as others. Fact of the matter is OU had holes to fill and filled them with Division-I ready players.
3. Late haul at defensive back--When defensive coordinator Brent Venables left for Clemson, cornerbacks De'Vante Harris and Kevin Peterson de-committed. But new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff regrouped, went after a couple extremely talented DBs in Zack Sanchez and Gary Simon and landed them both. Sanchez flipped from Baylor, and Simon inked with OU on Signing Day after visiting a week before that. Not only that, but OU signed JUCO corner Kasseim Everett with just about a month left in the recruiting period. The Sooners got three solid pickups here down the stretch.