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 2011
Jordan Phillips (No. 6 DT)
Was having a banner season until a back injury ended it after four games. Had surgery and is expected to be back in 2014. Phillips had seven tackles and two for loss and was a force in the middle.
Frank Shannon (No. 17 S)
It was a breakout season for Shannon. He led the team with 92 tackles and was honorable mention All-Big 12 by the coaches. He has seven tackles for loss and will no doubt be a leader for the defense next season.
Jordan Wade (No. 21 DT)
With Phillips out, Wade picked up the slack in a major way. Started eight games and had 17 tackles this season. If Phillips returns healthy, a Wade-Phillips combo at defensive tackle is great for OU.
Nila Kasitati (No. 38 TE)
Started seven games this season at right guard. With his health problems behind him, Kasitati came up big for OU this season and should be expected to do more in 2014.
P.L. Lindley (No. 43 OLB)
Injuries and personnel put Lindley into the limelight a couple of times, and he delivered. Was put in against more physically imposing teams and registered seven tackles.
Derek Farniok (No. 77 OT)
Had the first start of his career in Bedlam and gives OU depth at tackle going forward. Improved during bowl practices and 2014 could be a big year for him.
Not on team: WR Trey Metoyer; RB Brandon Williams; DE Nathan Hughes; TE Max Stevenson; MLB Kellen Jones; DE Dan Tapko; RB Danzel Williams; OT Dylan Dismuke; CB Bennett Okotcha; QB Kendal Thompson; DT Marquis Anderson; QB Archie Bradley; WR Kameel Jackson.
Rank: No. 15 (19 signees).
Breakdown: An unmitigated disaster. Only six of the 19 players are still on the team. Now granted those guys are contributing in a big way, but a huge reason for OU's lack of depth at various positions is because of how this class has shaken out.