The pieces always come together somehow. For Oklahoma and wide receivers, the pieces aren't too hard to find. That has been the case again for the Sooners and the Class of 2014.
As the season gets set to start, OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell can sit back and relax and already start working on the 2015 crop. He's got three good ones for 2014.
Here is a look back at how OU earned the commits of its three wide receivers: La Mirada (Calif.) High's Dallis Todd, Tulsa (Okla.) Union's Jeffery Mead and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain's Mark Andrews to go along with all the targets along the way.
This list isn't all the receiver offers, but the ones who showed legitimate interest during the recruiting process.
The key players
Lancaster (Texas) High WR Nick Alexander
Scottsdale (Ariz.) Desert Mountain WR Mark Andrews
Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor WR Keenen Brown
Mount Pleasant (Texas) WR K.D. Cannon
San Antonio (Texas) Madison WR Byron Daniels
Texas City (Texas) High WR Armanti Foreman
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas WR Corey Holmes
Longview (Texas) High WR Dorian Leonard
Tulsa (Okla.) Union WR Jeffery Mead
La Mirada (Calif.) High WR Dallis Todd
How it happened
OU's wide receiver class actually started in October when Foreman committed to the Sooners. At the time, he was the first commit for OU's Class of 2014. Things obviously wouldn't stay that way.
OU made early offers to Alexander and Cannon following incredible outings at OU's summer camp. Both blew the competition away and had offers within 48 hours of the camp's conclusion.
During the winter months, OU started to get more aggressive and things went into high gear in February and the coinciding junior day.
The Sooners targeted Longview (Texas) High in a major way with Leonard. From the start, OU was always among the leaders for Leonard. At junior day, OU offered Mead, which came as a shock to a lot of people. Mead didn't have a huge junior season, but with his size and athleticism, stood out to Norvell.
OU also took a run at Daniels because of its strong history at San Antonio (Texas) Madison but could never quite get him to campus.
Things picked up in March when Cannon returned to OU, while Andrews made his first visit to campus. As it turned out, that would be Cannon's last trip to Norman. Andrews, already a four-star prospect with a number of suitors, came away very impressed with his trip to OU. He would need to see a lot of other schools, though, before he would make a decision.
After much speculation, Foreman finally decommitted. With Foreman being seen multiple times at Texas and Texas A&M, the writing was on the wall. OU withdrew its interest in Foreman not too long after that.
Things started to work themselves out in April and May. Todd made his first visit to OU and committed two days after the spring game. Todd said before the visit a commitment was a strong possibility. It turned out he was being truthful.
OU was also able to get Holmes for the spring game. The trip made a big impression on Holmes, and the Sooners stayed in the race the rest of the way.
A problem started to develop with Brown and not being able to visit the campus. He wanted to come for junior day and for the spring game but was unable to make the trip.
OU made the final cut for Daniels, but he committed to Texas Tech on May 7.
June saw the board shrink even more. It started June 13 when Leonard ultimately picked Texas over OU. He admitted it was down to the Sooners and the Longhorns but chose the Horns.
That disappointment was quickly erased by OU's commitment with Mead. With schools like Texas A&M, LSU and California all legitimately in the discussion, the Mead pledge was another shot in the arm for OU recruiting.
The Foreman saga ended with him and his brother pledging to Texas at the end of the month. The realistic targets dwindled to a handful in July. It started in the middle of the month when Holmes ultimately decided for Notre Dame instead of UCLA, OU and Florida.
The group narrowed more when Alexander, who hadn't been heard from much during the spring, committed to Arizona State.
Down to just a select few entering August, a nine-day time span saw the whole class come together. It started with Andrews and his unexpected commitment to OU on Aug. 2.
Andrews had been pretty quiet during his recruitment and almost nobody knew about him making a second trip to campus. That all changed two weeks ago during the afternoon when Andrews let everybody know he had pledged to the Sooners.
So now there were two with Brown and Cannon. Despite no visits, Brown was still high on OU. And despite no visits since junior day, OU easily made the final five for Cannon.
Ten targets, three commitments and how it all happened during a 10-month span. With two four-star commits in Todd and Andrews and an under the radar pickup of Mead, OU fans have every reason to smile once again with how the receiving class came together.
Where they ended up
Alexander (Arizona State)
Brown (Oklahoma State)
Daniels (Texas Tech)
Holmes (Notre Dame)