National signing day is next week, and Oklahoma is heading into the annual February event with a lot of momentum. The 2014 class is coming along and the Sooners are looking to finish strong.
But before we start talking about the stars of tomorrow, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at the last five classes to see how OU has gotten where it is heading into the 2014 season.
Class of 2010
Blake Bell (No. 4 QB)
Bell got his chance to be quarterback this season after two years of the BellDozer. Results were mixed, but he did deliver two memorable outings against Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. With Trevor Knight appearing to be the quarterback of the future, Bell's role not clearly defined going forward.
Corey Nelson (No. 4 OLB)
Nelson was having a sensational senior season with 27 tackles in five games before his season was ended. He suffered a partially torn pectoral muscle and never returned. He has lost all appeals for a medical redshirt and his career at OU is over.
Brennan Clay (No. 6 RB)
Thought to be a disappointment, Clay's last two years were solid. And he was never better than down the stretch this season. Rushed for 957 yards and six touchdowns, including his only 200-yard game against Kansas State. Will certainly be remembered for his toughness and team-first mentality.
Bronson Irwin (No. 3 OG)
Did whatever was asked of him as a senior. Started games at left guard, right guard and started his first ever game at right tackle for the Sooners in the Sugar Bowl. Through it all, was always dependable and was a big reason for the O-line success in 2013.
Austin Woods (No.5 C)
After successfully beating cancer as a junior, everything else was a cake walk. Woods played this season, serving as deep snapper on special teams. His impact stretches well beyond the field.
Adam Shead (No. 7 OG)
Problem for Shead has been staying healthy. It proved to be an issue again this season. When he was in, he was effective. But Shead missed final two games of the season and has been unable to stay 100 percent.
Aaron Franklin (No. 13 OLB)
Some thought this might be the year for Franklin, but it wasn't. He saw spot time, at best, and finished the season with six tackles. He'll provide depth as a senior.
Tyrus Thompson (No. 18 OT)
Had a sensational season at left tackle before an ankle injury forced him to miss the final two games. Huge reason why OU had so much success running the ball and has certainly given OU fans reason to smile for the future.
Daryl Williams (No. 19 OT)
Williams was able to stay on the field this season at right or left tackle and delivered in a huge way this season. The Sooners will certainly be counting on him next season.
Roy Finch (No. 20 RB)
The debate will rage on about how Finch was used at OU during his final two seasons. He rushed for 347 yards this season and had two receiving touchdowns, while averaging 25.6 yards per kick return. Electrifying in the open field, Finch always had game-breaking potential.
Torrea Peterson (No. 27 DT)
Started in one game and registered four tackles this season. Gives OU great depth at defensive tackle going forward.
Geneo Grissom (No. 27 DE)
A breakout game for Grissom in the Sugar Bowl with two sacks, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. Not a bad way to end things. Finished with 40 tackles and nine for loss. Also had interception return for TD against Texas. Will play big role in 2014.
Trey Millard (No. 19 MLB)
Unquestioned heart and soul of the team who saw his season end on special teams with a torn ACL late in the fourth quarter against Texas Tech. Rushed and caught a touchdown this season but impact was about blocking and overall skill than just one part of the game.
Aaron Colvin (No. 30 CB)
Battled through injuries to be a leader on and off the field. Unfortunately Colvin tore his ACL last week during Senior Bowl practices. Had 55 tackles, a sack and an interception in 2013.
Rashod Favors (No. 38 OLB)
Played sparingly throughout season. Will return next year but his impact is unknown but will bring depth.
Quentin Hayes (No. 38 S)
Worked his way back onto team after off the field troubles. Started all 13 games and had 75 tackles with two interceptions and forced two fumbles. Will be expected to be one of the leaders next season.
Chuka Ndulue (No. 55 DE)
Closed year strong with best two games being Bedlam and Sugar Bowl. Accumulated 42 tackles with 2.5 sacks. Became one of the more consistent players on defense and should have a huge role in 2014.
Trey Franks (No. 65 CB)
Like Hayes, fought his way back onto the team after off the field issues. Moved back to wide receiver and provides depth at the spot. But made his presence known on special teams, especially on coverage units.
Julian Wilson (No. 106 WR)
Big season for Wilson, who had 26 tackles and three interceptions. Started in 11 games and became more consistent as year went on. Will have to play a big role again going forward.
Rank: No. 2 (29 signees).
Breakdown: Ranked No. 2 for a reason. This class has delivered for the Sooners in a major way, including already having two players in the NFL. The bulk of this year's success stems from this group of 2010, definitely making it a class that lived up to expectations.***Click here for Part I, discussing the 2009 class*** ***Click here to discuss all things OU recruiting***