OU Class of 2014: Wide receiver

You wouldn't be crazy to think the strength of OU's class was at receiver for 2014. Here's why.

Oklahoma finished its Class of 2014 with 26 signees and the top-rated Scout class for the Big 12 conference.

Over the next week, Sooners Illustrated is going to look back at the class and let the OU coaches help explain why fans should be excited.

Wide receiver

Dallis Todd

The first wide receiver of the class. A spring game visit and instant connection with Justice Hansen helped Todd end up a Sooner. Never seen a recruit go through more unfounded rumors about looking elsewhere than Todd. Through it all, he remained 100 percent for OU and is just one of the three-headed tall monster heading to Norman.

Jeffery Mead

His senior season erased all doubts anybody might have had about him being an OU caliber of player. A little on the skinny side, for sure, Mead is somebody who is going to benefit immensely from being able to concentrate full time on playing football and football conditioning. A three-sport star at Tulsa (Okla.) Union, the sky's the limit for Mead.

Mark Andrews

The thought process was Andrews might be a tight end but that was quickly erased with his August commitment. Another tall receiver, Andrews is the right mix of height on the outside but also brings athleticism and the ability to make big plays happen.

Michiah Quick

The three tall receivers, and then one of the best game-changers in the class with the appropriately named Quick. Lightning in a bottle who is a highlight waiting to happen every time he touches the ball. Provided he can pick up the schemes, Quick is one of those guys OU fans should certainly be counting on to make an immediate impact in 2014 either at receiver or as a kick returner.

Coaches corner

"We got big receivers coming in with great size outside and then Michiah Quick as a slot receiver is another big play guy that you could throw screens to that will turn into big plays. And those outside guys, with their size, you hope to get some mismatches." – OU coach Bob Stoops

"We identified a bunch of kids and in the last month we kind of zeroed in on Michiah because of those connections. We loved him as a kid as well. Obviously having his teammates from last year was kind of critical. We kind of adjusted some of our recruiting down the stretch and backed off other kids because we felt good about Quick. He's a great addition and can do so many things.

"This year we happened to have several big kids that we were recruiting that we really liked and it just so happened that the pool was there with those bigger kids. Obviously we look for those types of guys. I think it's just a reflection of the whole class, especially offensively, this is a physical, big group of kids. That physicality is really important. I thought Michiah Quick was important because he kind of gives us a little jitterbug in that mix, kind of like Jalen Saunders." – OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell


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