There's no question Oklahoma closed strong on the recruiting trail for the Class of 2014. The Sooners finished with 26 signee, including four in the final two days.
Not just any four, though. The top-ranked prospect in Oklahoma. Two-four star prospects out west and an offensive tackle stolen at the 11th hour.
You know the names at this point, but here's why they're so important.
Jenks (Okla.) High safety Steven Parker
No recruit was more pivotal for OU to secure than Parker. Being ranked No. 112 in the Scout 300 is one thing, being the No. 1-ranked prospect in the state is another, and OU offering in May 2012 is another. The Sooners went all-in with Parker from the start and never let up. To have not secured Parker would have been a huge blow to national perception as well to the class itself. It's always important to keep the top kids at home, and it doesn't hurt for OU to have been able to win a legit battle against Texas A&M and Auburn. Parker has a unique skill set at safety as he can also cover out in space.
West Valley City (Utah) offensive tackle Kenyon Frison
Bob Stoops has been tweeting "BOOM" with each commit, but this was a major boom for the Sooners. In desperate need of a legit, elite offensive tackle, OU got one with Frison. Once again it was another big-time battle won with OU beating out Nebraska, Arizona State and Utah. When it came down to the ceremony, it was only an OU hat and a Utah hat on the table. The Sooners will have five offensive linemen leaving the program after the 2014 season. OU needed help with its line, and Frison is the cornerstone of the future foundation.
Fresno (Calif.) Central wide receiver Michiah Quick
OU set its targets high with somebody like Quick. Even though it was obvious it was going to be quite the task to get him from California, the Sooners never once thought about packing it in. Once it became clear USC and UCLA weren't going to be able to land Quick, it was down to OU and Notre Dame. Quick has given the class the one thing it was missing with its wide receiver – the home run threat. OU loaded up on tall, athletic receivers but getting Quick brings some excitement to the board. Anytime he touches it means a highlight is just waiting to happen.
Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge offensive tackle Orlando Brown
The whispers started late Tuesday night and persisted into the early afternoon hours Wednesday about a potential flip in the commitment of Brown. Pledged to Tennessee since May, he had a change of heart in the last couple of weeks and gave the Sooners another look. Brown's pedigree is well known with his late father being a former offensive tackle for years in the NFL. His size is incredible at 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds. The question is whether or not he can qualify, which still remains to be seen. Even if he does need a year getting his academic situation resolved, OU definitely felt the risk was worth the reward. And it was one heck of a way to close out the class.