OU Class of 2014: Interior linemen

There was no question OU needed help with its offensive line in the 2014 class. The Sooners did just that with both their interior guys and offensive tackles.

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.

Interior linemen

Alex Dalton

The first commit among the linemen and one that never looked around after committing in May. Dalton and Jonathan Alvarez are both in the same boat in terms of being regarded as either a guard or center. They both bring that versatility to the line. Dalton forged an early relationship with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh and both sides never looked back.

Jonathan Alvarez

Not on the radar of many teams heading into his senior season, Alvarez made big-time improvements. Those improvements made Bedenbaugh take a second look and an offer and commitment happened in September. His position is still to be determined because, as stated, he could be a guard or center at the next level.

Natrell Curtis

OU was in early with Curtis, but he decided to commit to Washington. Instead of backing off, the Sooners kept recruiting Curtis. Following a great official visit, it was just a matter of time. A true offensive guard, Curtis has tremendous size. A knock on him from some has been his conditioning, but he is determined to use that as fuel to his motivation going forward.

Coaches corner

"Alex is a smart and athletic competitor. He uses his leverage well and plays with good balance. Jonathan is a smart, tough kid who comes from a good family. He's a versatile player who has worked at tackle, guard and center. Natrell possess great athleticism. He is a very big guy and physical player who comes from a winning program." – OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh

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