It's just a couple weeks after National Signing Day, and there's been no shortage of coaching changes, but the Sooners have still been active on the recruiting trails, so Sooners Illustrated breaks down just where recruiting for next year stands at the moment and where it could be headed.
Here are some important numbers to digest to put it into perspective.
2—Current commits. Both of the Sooners' current pledges came before Signing Day. Three-star Texas City HS wide receiver Armanti Foreman became the first when he verbally committed back on Oct. 1 of last year. Just days before Signing Day at OU's first Junior Day on Feb. 2, Lancaster HS outside linebacker Vontre McQuinnie did the same. Commit-wise it's been quiet since then.
19—Low end of how many signees there will be. The 2013 team features 19 seniors at the moment, so this is the minimum number OU would sign to replace each and every one of those players, sans attrition. There are more factors to add in here, however (see next number crunch).
23—Possible high end of how many signees there will be, give or take some attrition. Again, you hear that word: attrition. This is a very interesting situation because should any juniors leave early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft as underclassmen, this number could really elevate. The possibility already exists to sign as much as 23, even with only 19 seniors, because OU is currently four under the scholarship limit. But they could still go way of the JUCO ranks to snatch a couple extra players, meaning this could eventually end up being close to the actual high-end number. As it stands today, though, OU has room for at least 23 and maybe more.
25—Offensive offers extended. This includes Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, who had long been seeking an OU offer. It also includes running backs Devon Thomas, Myles Autry, Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and Josh Walker and wide receivers Foreman (committed to OU), Michiah Quick, Kd Cannon, Jalen Brown, Cameron Denson, Mark Andrews, Keenen Brown and Nick Alexander, as well as tight ends Tyler Luatua, Dalton Schultz and Koda Martin. Up front, tackles Cameron Robinson, Braden Smith, Casey Tucker, K.C. McDermott, Andy Bauer, Tyus Barrett, Jovan Pruitt and Orlando Brown and interior linemen Demetrius Knox and Ross Pierschbacher own offers.
32—Defensive offers extended. On this side it includes eight up front: tackles Khairi Clark, Tashon Smallwood and Zaycoven Henderson and ends Da'Shawn Hand, Deondre Clark, Qualen Cunningham, Peyton Newell and Jarrett Johnson. At linebacker, McQuinnie (committed to OU), James David, Vincent Jackson, Gyasi Akem, Dillon Bates, Clifton Garrett, Nyles Morgan, Michael Ferns, Cameron Hampton and Kevin Crosby own offers. In the defensive backfield, it's safeties Laurence Jones, Jamal Adams, Brandon Simmopns, Edwin Freeman and Steven Parker and cornerbacks Tony Brown, Edward Paris, Nick Watkins, Nick Harvey, Cedric Collins, Darrion Johnson and Tyler Whiley.
57—Total offers extended. The coaching staff gave out more than 150 for the 2013 class, so that lends some perspective as to where this is headed. Only one quarterback, Hansen, has been offered. Cale Gundy has extended the five running back offers, while Jay Norvell has found those eight different wide receivers to offer. As previously mentioned, three tight ends, eight offensive tackles and a pair of interior offensive linemen round out the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, OU has offered the eight linemen, including three interior and five outside. Linebackers coach Tim Kish has offered the second most players to date with 10—five are inside and five outside backers—while defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has offered the most at 12 with his five safeties and seven corners.