Now the Sooners are doing the same on the recruiting trail. OU picked up one pledge for its 2015 class Friday and one gigantic addition for 2014 on Saturday afternoon.
Oakley (Calif.) Freedom five-star running back Joe Mixon declared his intention to play for the Sooners at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Ten years ago it was another five-star running back that picked the Sooners at the Army game. Everybody knows what Adrian Peterson did for the program during his three seasons at OU and what he has meant to OU's running back recruiting since.
Mixon wasn't bashful in letting the world know his favorite running back is Peterson, and though he wore No. 20 at Oakley Freedom, he wore No. 28 in San Antonio.
For a second it looked like OU was going to get shutout Saturday as Gardena (Calif.) Serra linebacker Dwight Williams surprised many by picking UCLA instead of the Sooners. The feeling was Mixon was going to follow suit and pick the Bruins.
Minutes later Mixon was named the MVP of the game as he scored one of the West's four rushing touchdowns in the game.
In this instant gratification world, OU is reaping the benefits of a phenomenal showing in the Sugar Bowl. Mixon cited that as one of the reasons he chose the Sooners. Sometimes the best recruiting pitch is simply what you do on the field.
Mixon is the second running back to join the fold as he'll be in Norman with Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson's Samaje Perine. The feeling going into the week was it was OU, but then the tide switched to UCLA before the Sooners were the choice.
Mixon is OU's 19th commit of the class and arguably the biggest addition to the class to date. It's a sign that the Sooners will be in the mix for many top prospects during this last month of recruiting for the Class of 2014 and for months to come for the 2015 class.
OU earned the pledge of 2015 Scout 300 defensive tackle Marquise Overton on Friday afternoon.